The Gateway Clinic

The Foundation For All LH Hoof Care Training Programs

The 4.5-day Gateway Clinic (GC) is a perfect venue for enlightened individuals seeking authentic information about factors that affect hoof health and the mental and physical well-being of horses. GC participants receive extensive hands-on, supervised trimming instruction.

Importantly, however, the GC is a hoof care clinic, not just a trimming clinic. Hoof health is determined by many factors. Trimming is one crucial element. But hoof health and shape are also significantly influenced by management practices and environmental and lifestyle factors. Deficiencies in these areas can undermine the efforts of even the most highly skilled trimmer. It is imperative that hoof care providers understand this basic premise and, importantly, know that problems caused by such factors cannot be fixed by trimming. Instead, the root cause of the problem must first be addressed. Then, proper trimming can facilitate healing. Consequently, GC participants receive extensive practical and theoretical information about how management practices and environmental and lifestyle factors affect hoof health.

Hoof health and shape conversely can affect general health, biomechanics, and well-being. The relationships between hoof, body, and mind are reciprocal and inseparable. Factors that affect one, either directly or indirectly, affect the others. This is another important premise that permeates every aspect of the Gateway Clinic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The International Gateway Clinic

White Stallion Ranch

The Longhorn Conference Center

Tuscon, Arizona

 

April 29 – May 3, 2024 — Registration is open

Registration closes February 28, 2024


The Venue

The White Stallion Ranch is a traditional, historic, upscale family-owned and operated award-winning Dude Ranch. It is a perfect venue for the Gateway Clinic. Situated between Phoenix and Tucson, the ranch is only 35 minutes from the Tucson International Airport and 90 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It is readily accessible for both domestic and international travelers.


Clinic Instructors

Dr. Bruce Nock, MS, PhD., LH owner, biomedical scientist, and recently retired medical school professor

Ann Corso, Co-founder of LH Barefoot Initiative, Director of LH Barefoot Training Programs, Owner of Liberated Hoof Care, LLC, and Master Hoof Care Professional

Steve Hebrock, MS author of the Enlightened Equine blog, retired university instructor, Master Hoof Care Professional, and Certified Booting Specialist

Cindy Hall, Certified Zoo Hoof Care Professional, Animal Operations Manager at Naples Zoo, LH Zoo Liason, and Key Figure in The LH Training and Certification Program For Zoo Professionals


2024 GC Schedule

 

Registration

To accommodate the preferences of as many people as possible, we have two distinct registration packages: On-Site Accommodations and Off-Site Accommodations. The registration packages are described below. The Gateway Clinic itself is identical regardless of the registration packages. 

Please Note: Approximately two months before the Gateway Clinic, we will email a message to all registered participants confirming that the event will take place. We suggest you wait until then to make plane reservations. This will prevent the loss of travel funds due to an unexpected cancellation of the clinic, e.g., an instructor’s illness, travel restrictions, etc. If such an event occurs, we will refund all registration fees in full. Our policy for participant requests for refunds is described below.

The On-Site Accommodation Registration Fee Includes

  • The 4.5-day hoof care clinic, 9 AM Monday, April 29 through 12 PM Friday, May 3, 2024. GC Schedule
  • Lodging at the White Stallion  Ranch  Check-in is 2 PM on Sunday, April 28. Lunch is included in the registration fee for early arrivals. Checkout is at 11 AM on Friday, May 3. Luggage will be held by the ranch until the end of the clinic, i.e., 12 PM.
  • Meals at the ranch. The ranch serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Dinner on Sunday, April 28 through lunch on Friday, May 3 is included.
  • All ranch amenities and one slow mountain ride are included in the registration fee. Other ranch activities are available à la carte but are not included in the registration fee.
  • Shuttle transportation to and from the Tucson International Airport is included. Several transfer options from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to the ranch are available but not included in the registration fee.

On-Site Registration Options

*First-time Participants*

 

  • Single occupancy (you will not have a roommate). US$3,222 Registration fee.



 

  • Double occupancy (you will be assigned a roommate of the same sex). US$2,778/person Registration fee.



 

  • Double occupancy with a companion. A companion is a person who accompanies a clinic participant to enjoy the ranch and surrounding area but will not attend the clinic itself. The companion and seminar participant will be assigned a double room. Two double occupancies (US$2,778/person) with a US$900 discount for the companion. US$4,656 Registration fee.



 

*Returning GC or Masterclass Participants Receive a US$900 Discount*

 

  • Single occupancy (you will not have a roommate). US$3,222 – US$900 discount: US$2,322 Registration fee.



 

  • Double occupancy (you will be assigned a roommate of the same sex). US$2,778 – US$900 discount: US$1,878/person Registration fee.



 

  • Double occupancy with a companion. A companion is a person who accompanies a clinic participant to enjoy the ranch and surrounding area but will not attend the clinic itself. The companion and seminar participant will be assigned a double room. US$5,556 – US$900 discount for the returning student and another US$900 discount for the companion: US$3,756 Registration fee.




*Participants Attending Classroom Lectures But Not Trimming Practicums*

We will post the Lecture Only Schedule ASAP 

 

  • Single occupancy (you will not have a roommate). US$2,322 Registration fee.



 

  • Double occupancy (you will be assigned a roommate of the same sex).  US$1,878/person Registration fee.




The Off-Site Accommodations Registration Fee Includes

  • The 4.5-day hoof care clinic, 9 AM Monday, April 29 through 12 PM Friday, May 3, 2024.
  • Lodging is not included in the registration fee. Participants must arrange and pay for their lodging at a location other than the White Stallion Ranch.
  • Sunday dinner, Monday – Thursday lunch and dinner, and Friday lunch at the ranch are included in the registration fee. Breakfasts are not included.
  • One slow mountain ride is included in the registration fee but all other amenities are not included.
  • Shuttle transportation is not included. 

The Off-Site Accommodations Registration Fee For New Students is US$1775

The Off-Site Accommodations Registration Fee For Returning Students is US$875

Refund Policy

Full refunds will be given up to 90 days before the event. The ranch imposes a penalty payment equal to one day of room and board from 90 days to 30 days before the event. LH will refund the rest of the registration fee during that period. After 30 days before the event, no refunds will be given.


 Surrounding Attractions

Sonoran Desert

The White Stallion Ranch is in the Sonoran Desert—a subtropical desert and the most complex desert in North America. It is the only place in the world where the famous saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea), a symbol of the American Southwest, grows in the wild. But don’t be fooled by the term “desert” because mountain ranges in all directions offer scenic drives and even snow skiing. It has great diversity in geological structures as well as the number and variety of plants and animals. There are many local attractions to entertain family and friends accompanying seminar participants. Or stay extra days before or after the seminar to fully enjoy the surrounding areas and attractions and the ranch’s activities.