There are a range of different courses in the Academy. Hoof Health Laid Bare and The Healthy Horse courses are for sale at any time.
The Laminitis Warning Signs course has set enrollment periods as we go through the course together as a group with weekly discussions. If you'd like to do this course, make sure you're signed up, and you'll be the first to know when it's available.
Hoof Health Laid Bare
Drowning in information yet still thirsting for knowledge...
Having a good foundation of knowledge to build on can be invaluable.
Information is just data. Information with understanding is knowledge.
The Hoof Health Laid Bare course takes the big puzzle that is whole horse hoof health and presents one small piece of that puzzle at a time. Once you understand each puzzle piece you will be able to put the jigsaw together to see the whole picture with far greater clarity and new insight.
The Healthy Horse:
Feeding and Nutrition
We Are What We Eat
It's easy to see why diet is so important. The body is always regenerating, it needs good nutrition to be able to build healthy cells. Nutrition is such a confusing subject though!
There's so much advice, and so many different choices, how are you ever supposed to figure out what's right for your horse?
Learn how to get Maximum Herd Health For Minimum Effort…
Next Enrollment: February '21
Laminitis Warning Signs
Laminitis can affect any horse...
Does your horse suffer with Foot Soreness, Persistent Hoof Infection, Wall Cracks, Flare, or Underrun heels?
These problems can be signs of low grade laminitis. Inflammation (laminitis) in the hoof can cause deformity and soundness issues. Trying to fix the hoof without identifying and addressing the inflammation feels like pushing mud uphill.
Do you know what to look for? We discuss 35 different early warning signs that inflammation is affecting the hoof, explaining anatomy and function, what laminitis is, how it affects the horse and hooves and practical things you can do to address the problem without losing your mind!
Thank you soooo much, brilliant course, easy learning and full of warning signs and info xx
Zante was tested EMS last yr and borderline so I have treated her with care. Weight bloomed couple wks ago very quickly, I saw the signs of inflammation you described, her crest had just started to harden, her eye pockets started to bulge. No pulses but she was pulled in and maintained quickly where all the signs reduced quite quickly. She had been stopping the horse walker and not wanting to pick up her feet we were confused but monitoring, once the other signs above came in quickly we knew she was heading for laminitis. Thank you for the knowledge Sue and Zante.
I have a deeper understanding of what is happening with my ponies and how to support them through what has been a tough year. Good to have found sound advice and support as sometimes the vets seem to be a little dated in their solutions. Thank you Debs you've given me hope.
After 45 years around horses I was shocked to discover how little I knew about the hoof. With an EMS pony to worry about I am now confident I have the tools I need to keep on top of things and understand what's actually going on. Many thanks
Luckily for me this course came up just as spring was approaching and I had a new horse with no knowledge of his history. One thing I had been told was to 'be careful' of the grass in the spring. Whether this meant he would get very fat, or possibly get laminitis, I didn't know - so I was concerned to find out everything I could about the warning signs for laminitis. At the same time we were transitioning to barefoot, so I needed to know whether I was dealing with issues from the barefoot transitioning, or was it more to do with laminitis warning signs. I now feel much more confident about what I am looking at. I also learned how to cope with transitioning and boots and pads, which seemed a bit of a minefield. The course is well thought out, with short sessions easy to revise when needed. Plenty of opportunity to ask questions and learn from other people's questions too. Thoroughly recommended to anyone who wants to learn more about their horse's feet, whether or not they are laminitis prone - you come away with a great deal of useful knowledge covering diet and grass management, hoof structures, symptoms etc and the added bonus of being able to revisit at any time.
The One course that every horse owner should do
I am so pleased that I signed up to take this course. I have had horses for 50 years and can't believe that no-one has ever told me the simple, basic information that you shared with me and the other students on the course. I now have a much better understanding of how to care for my horses (not just the laminitic one). Your explanations were thorough and clear and your diagrams and video footage made the content very easy to understand and learn. I was unable to attend the weekly zoom meetings due to family commitments but I am working my way through them retrospectively. It was very helpful to realise that so many other horse owners, including yourself, are facing similar challenges with their horses. I thoroughly recommend this course for anyone with responsibility for caring for horses. Thank you.
Laminitis Warning Signs Course - Every horse owner should take this course
I took part in the first ever run of this course in 2019. The past few years, it seemed more and more people were telling their sad - often heartbreaking - stories of a beloved horse or pony coming down with laminitis. The course promised an insight into all those little signs and indicators that build up almost under the radar before a horse goes down with laminitis ‘out of the blue’ . Did the course deliver on the promise? Totally! Packed with learning, not just about the feet but also the health and well-being of the whole horse. A really accessible and friendly learning experience at everyone’s own pace, with a group discussion each week to ask anything ... and never feel daft asking. Since completing the course, I’ve joined in with group sessions on later courses and followed the discussions - and each time there’s been something new to think about. I’ve shouted about this course each time it’s ran because I really do believe the knowledge gained here can be a life-saver ... every horse owner should take this course.
Super and thorough , great value online course!
I have had barefoot horses in my life for some 10 years; not that this course was only applicable to those without shoes, I mention it as I feel that because of the ‘hoof status’ of my three horses, I took an especial amount of interest in their management as a whole- diet and turn out regime and work regime, in order to maximise hoof health. This included research into local equine podiatrist- Mine is great , a real geek who fascinates me with related info each time he comes.
I was under the misapprehension that I knew a fair bit on the subject, yet It was only with my acquisition of a companion pony who had ridges on his hooves, a short choppy stride, fat pads , all symptoms of laminitis, that I felt I needed to increase my understanding and explore how I could help him more. For me, the style of this course was super: I love books however how effectively I fully understand concepts contained within and thus learn from them, I’m not that convinced .
The Laminitis Warning Signs course included straight forward online modules to work through individually, combined with weekly live discussion and Q&A sessions , via video link. In these ,Deb gave her time most generously and spoke to members of the course about any particular aspects of the course as well as queries about their own horses. The interaction between all members was a great aspect as others may have asked questions that you hadn’t even thought of asking.
In addition, simply learning alongside others who want to further their knowledge is great, especially for those of us who prefer to keep horses free to wander, not necessarily on grass , rather than stabled for over 12 hours at a time, obviously depending on restrictions at individual yards etc. Being a barefoot horse owner is still not that mainstream where I am and as I don't feel the need to either justify my choices to others nor feel it’s my place to attempt to convert them, it is sometimes quite a lonely metal and molasses free existence.
This course gave me more information than I had imagined it would, in fact doing the course made me realise how little I actually did know. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the course at all . I know have a much more thorough understanding of laminitis and how I can more effectively manage my horse with low grade laminitis, a diagnosis I have always been reluctant to accept, as he was, in my mind simply ‘a little footy’! That, I now realise is not something to be accepted or ignored.
Laminitis Warning Signs
This course is brilliant and extremely well explained in simple language and methodically goes through all topics very clearly with diagrams that even a donut like me could reproduce. I am so grateful for all the time and energy Debs has put into producing it and most of all helping me with her unlimited knowledge of my dodgy computer skills thank you sooo much. Oops and Victoria of course xx
Always more to learn
I really recommend this course! I had done a lot of research but still learned more! Especially from the live chats that are a huge added bonus! Learning more for the horses we care for can only be a good thing! ✌🏼💚🐴
I would wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn more about hoof construction, function and the potential dreadful consequences of Laminitis. It takes much of the fear and uncertainty out of being able to recognise the warning signs, equipping the horse owner with a wealth of invaluable knowledge, enabling them to make informed decisions and act accordingly. It's myth busting and bang up to date. You really can't afford NOT to do this. Your horse will be eternally grateful!
LWS has taught me how to differentiate between low grade laminitis, acute laminitis and chronic laminitis. It has also raised my awareness of how important diet is for the general health of horses and put me on the right track to prevent future inflammatory attacks. I still have a lot to learn , but Debs has inspired me to do further research for the benefit of my horses . Do not doubt...do it...sign up. You won’t regret it!
Thank you for running this super informative and supportive course. Having gone barefoot a few months ago it came just at the right time for me. Through learning about anatomy, signs to look for, feeding, supplements, hoof boot (and EPS pads) amongst other things it has changed how I look after my horses. After 6 weeks I am already starting to see the difference in the hooves of my horse who has always been "footy", my farrier was "pleasantly surprised" when he came to trim his hooves. There has been lots of opportunities to ask questions and the group is so supportive. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to improve the health of their horses.
Help the Horses around you now!
I did this course hoping for help with my horse who was recently diagnosed with Insulin resistance and early cushings. I have dealt with laminitis over the years but found advice limited and confusing, but more often than not just down right contradictory!! Debs has pulled together a lot of information and yet managed to not let it be overwhelming! This course is a must for anyone involved with horses not just owners it is time this information was discussed without embarrassment or the fear of recrimination it is what our vets and our farriers should be discussing with us before we have a problem. Well done Debs and Victoria and thank you for keeping the door open to us after completion of the course. Signup now and help yourself help your horse! Have fun xx
Really helped me join the dots.....
I did this course after getting in touch with Debs and having a phone consultation which was a real lifeline at the time. My two horses were struggling with thrush and abscesses which I just couldn't seem to get on top of. Speaking with Debs got me started on a plan then the course provided loads of information which helped me understand what might be going on with my two and how to manage them better. Believe it or not I hadn't realised low grade laminitis was a 'thing' and understanding that has really made the difference. Debs is a great teacher too! Recommended viewing for all horse owners!
I’d recommend the course to every single horse owner
My number 1 concern was how to keep 17hh of horse from having tummy issues, which caused his feet to flare and lose all semblance of heel and concavity. That pretty much remains my concern, except I now have a better plan.
An Excellent Course
I just want to thank Debs and also glamorous assistant Victoria for an excellent course . The course totally exceeded expectations containing the right amount of knowledge to really help you feel confident assessing your horse and also providing you with the skills to change management when needed . The live Facebook sessions that accompanied the course were absolutely key to tying everything together and also providing a non judgemental forum where any question is deemed appropriate!! The video content I know I will refer back to again and again .
Absolutely brilliant course
My pony has been suffering with laminitis on and off for the past 5 years. I could not find the cause and wasnt sure if it actually was laminitis all of the time. Thankfully I found this course and Debs and have not looked back. I now know all the things I should be looking for to try to prevent it happening again. The course was well paced and easy to understand. Working full time I was able to complete it easily . The live chat session each week was really helpful with chance to ask lots of questions. Nothing is ever too much trouble for Debs and she is very knowledgable , I’m so glad I found her and her education centre. Looking forward to the next course.
Definitely worth doing
Armed with the knowledge gained on the Laminitis Warning Signs course I am no longer so completely fearful of laminitis but rather more confident in the knowledge that I can recognise the many indications of inflammation so much sooner and am also better equipped to use different strategies to deal with laminitis early should it arise. Having a horse who is metabolically compromised it’s given me some peace of mind. Definitely worth doing. Well structured, well delivered with live sessions really, really informative. Hugely enjoyable too. Thank you Debs & Victoria!
Constant Worry Am I Doing The Right Thing....
I'd read 5 books on Lami before the course, but always rather glazed over all the hoof diagrams and pictures. Being drip fed the hoof basics at the start made a lot of things fall in to place. Although I still have lots to learn. The bonus module was also very helpful - one giant FAQ!! Debs style is very straightforward, practical and reassuring, plus hugely engaging and fun! It has helped me to think more clearly when we get the moments when the lami journey hits a bump. I'm sorry I missed all but one of the zooms, but as the only horsey member of our household, and being expected to produce Sunday dinner the family tension was too much. I am catching up in any quiet moments.
Fantastic, really informative and supportive course. Taught me a huge amount in terms of hoof structures, laminitis symptoms and interdependencies between them and diet and environment. Most importantly, gave me enough knowledge to think for myself, interpret what my horses are telling me and manage them in a more informed and proactive way. Fab job Debs!
No matter how much you have learned in the past, there is always more to learn about horses! and the more we know the more empowered we are to meet their needs. Great course! Thanks
Laminitis Warning Signs is a brilliant course. It’s very informative, but well paced and accessible. I particularly liked the dissection module at the end . My horses don’t have laminitis, but I wanted to understand what laminitis was, what the signs were, and what preventative measures I could take myself. I got all of the above from this course. Thank you x
Well what can I say! This course is a real eye opener! I can't believe how much I've learnt! Unlike other people the Hoof Geek definitely knows her stuff! But she doesn't say do this do that, she actually gives you different opinions, but true facts! And then I just took the knowledge I've learnt and put it into place with the best options for my boy and my yard. The life long helpfulness from the Hoof Geek team is just amazing, nothing is to much trouble, myself and others that have completed this course still join in on the zoom session's when the course is run again The Hoof Geek team are so helpful, you will never be alone again with The Hoof Geek team. Thank you so much for all your advice and help 🤩
I highly recommend this course to all horse owners. I have a much greater understanding of the mechanics of the hoof and laminitis. I have a better understanding of early warning signs and how to take preventative measures. And how simple changes can make drastic changes. The course made me think and I realised straw was an issue, I have seen a marked improvement since removing this from Teddys diet. It was originally suggested I fed straw by my vet as a means of a low sugar way to bulk up his food intake. I have always believed that horses like us and every other being are unique and that there is no one fix for all, this course helps you to delve into your own horses situation and find your unique solution. Its also really interesting and well put together making it enjoyable learning. Thank you Hoof Geek!
This course has definitely made me more aware of the signs to look for before acute laminitis hits. Both my horses ended up with laminitis and I don't ever want to have to watch any of them go through that again. This course has given me the confidence to know what to look for. It was well worth the money time and effort for me!!!
Again and again and again
I find I come back to this course and its Facebook community multiple times and always make new discoveries. I have one of those horses who isn't considered high risk, yet always seems on the cusp of inflammatory upset. We have managed for many years, and hopefully will for many more. But that management can only be successful when built on a foundation of sound evidence-based information; that is what Debs excels at providing. She is also very generous in treating each participant (and situation) as unique.
You made taking Dan barefoot, stress free.
My number 1 concern was not having enough knowledge to see laminitis coming. I feel I do now.
I would recommend this course to anyone who is listening.
Eye opening course - a must for any horse person looking to be better informed about horses' well being
I took this course more for education purposes, as I am lucky not to have had to deal with laminitis (or so I thought) . It opened my eyes to so many minor things that I was missing and helped pull many bits of information around the horses whole health and environment together. This course is about so much more than feet - it will take you on a whole journey of understanding the horses' complete environment and its potential impacts. Debs is completely down to earth in her approach making the complexities easy to understand. I will keep coming back to the materials to keep the all the variables fresh in my mind. If you have a horse that suffers from laminitis, this course is a must.
Worth the Investment
So many courses, so little time (and money?). But this one was well worth it. Whether or not you are concerned your horse's laminitis risk is high, this course provides many "aha" insights. It also offered a number of facts I had never heard or read before but which filled in little gaps in my understanding. Debs' approach is straight forward and she is very responsive to questions and specific concerns.
I was NOT disappointed
I was really interested in learning more about hooves and all the internal structures and how they are affected by different external factors and of course...the dreaded laminitis!!!
Laminitis Warning Signs Course
Great course. Each lesson was the right amount of information to be able to lick and chew and then move onto the next. I feel I can identify the signs of LGL and am able to take an appropriate course of action. Being quite new to horse ownership I think the most important thing I learned is how key diet , well actually nutrition management is.
I did not know what I did not know!
I love learning and researching, and I thought I had uncovered all available information on laminitis, so I was not sure that I was going to learn anything new. I was SO WRONG! The information in the LWS course fills in all the gaps in my previous learning, and Deb’s depth of knowledge, attention to detail, and presentation make this course worth every penny. The course itself is divided into easily assimilated chunks, the weekly Q &A sessions allow you to take advantage of listening to other people’s queries, experiences, and Deb’s answers. Debs is very reassuring, supportive and never patronising, giving consideration to the owner and their situation as well as to the horses. I highly recommend this course, veterinarians would do well to recommend it to clients who are managing horses with metabolic issues, it might save a lot of suffering for both horses and owners. Grateful thanks!
Well worth doing this course
I wish I'd known all of this information you've provided in this course before, I could have definitely prevented my mare from getting laminitis. I certainly know what to look out for now.
A course for everyone
Not only is this course an absolute bargain for the amount of information and personal communication you’re given, it is also a fascinating delve into anatomy and physiology that is essential knowledge for the health of your horse, whether it has laminitis or not, and as Debs shows you how to recognise signs that are often overlooked, it can prevent those seemingly out of the blue cases that are hard to put right. The course is structured in easy to follow modules with no pressure to keep up and with the opportunity to join in with course re-runs at no added cost.
Great course, great tutor
I would highly recommend this couse for anyone who has had a horse with laminitis and also for those who haven't. I learnt so much about the condition, it was lovely to have support of the group, to swap ideas and share experiences. Debs was fab at hosting the weekly zoom meetings and any questions were swiftly answered. When you get a Laminitis diagnosis from a vet its a bit overwhelming and you're left very fearful and with lots of questions or at least I was, but this course answers your questions and gives you help, advice and knowledge to enable you to cope with and manage the Laminitis episode without panicking.
Knowledge and a New Confidence
When I decided to start the course it was because of my 'apparent' lack of knowledge, which to a degree was correct but the biggest takeaway for me, personally (not my horse) was that I learned I could not 'fix it' in the here and now, like today, or even yesterday! At the start Willow had a lameness/sore feet and 4/5 months earlier had an xray and it was found she had 'mild' pedal bone rotation (that was what the vet told me) Also at that time, I was just out of major OHS surgery and was relying on my horse's basics being taken care of, which was not good enough, she got rain scald, mud fever and she had sore feet - I was beside myself with worry, how could all of this happened in the course of these months! Hence, I joined Deb's and for me, it was the best thing ever.
I learned to be more observant, less stressed, I understood that there was no 'quick fix it today' and that it was okay to be in a less position than I would like with my horse. Blaming myself was easy, which in fact I am to blame, my horse is too fat, she is open to IR and plus she has all this other stuff going on. But with sore feet what could I do?? I took charge, made my farrier come - he is not good at making appointments and I have allowed him far too much time between visits, no more though! I shut my horse out of the paddocks, down in the yard with her silly little filly friend and hated to see her down here but in fact, the first two weeks she could not hardly walk or at least did not want to. So, I observed, with the knowledge that I had Deb's and her team behind me, I felt confident in the actions I was taking. I stopped all other supplements and just gave L94 which seemed to work wonders, although the combination of everything else may have done the trick.
I am so glad I took the course and would highly recommend it to others and of course, I will do too. No matter what you think you know, there are always 'golden nuggets' and learning with Deb's is such fun anyway, I felt like I was surrounded by people on my side, well, I guess they were really. Thanks to Debs and Victoria for all the efforts and listening you have done for me.
Never stop learning
Other than watching a pony’s weight in spring/summer, I never really knew that laminitis has many different causes, and loads of different warning signs. This course covers so much, and leads to so many other avenues of investigation, and has led to me rethinking most of the way I manage my ponies. It is clear, easy to follow in bite sized chunks, and the online Q&A’s are great fun. It is a very small investment compared to the potential hours of heartache and vets bills that I can hopefully avoid in the future. I don’t know it all now, but I know enough not to panic, and when to pull them off the grass, and when to call for help. Highly 100% recommend.
Goldmine of Information
This course has been such an invaluable goldmine of information, advice and support. It has added another dimension to the Equine bodywork I do and by sharing with my clients it has enabled them to have a deeper understanding too. Hopefully many of them will sign up for your next course in September.
Excellent course, If you own a horse you need to know about hoof health and laminitis
I was hoping to learn more about laminitis and how I can best prevent my EMS pony from having another flare up. This course ticked all those boxes and more. It gave me so much more knowledge of general hoof health, and therefore horse health. Highly recommended this great value course to anyone that owns a horse with hooves 😉
Reassuring at 3am
The knowledge is invaluable and was a great comfort in the wee small hours when doubts and worries arose. Thank you.
I wondered whether to do this course when it was run, earlier in the Spring. My pony has EMS and I'd already done lots of online research and picked my trimmers brains to death. However, how wrong could I have been. The Laminitis Warning Signs course filled in all the gaps the online learning couldn't. The course provided me with a practical toolkit to pick up those early signs, helping to avert a full blown attack. I really liked the interactive format and the group chat, question and answer sessions. Debs was so patient with all our questions and this was another good way to learn. Thank you. Has helped me tremendously.
I loved this course !!!
It was a shock for me when Ruby was diagnosed with Laminitis. She was fit and in work. I knew there was something not quite right intermittently over a period of weeks but couldn’t get to the bottom of it. Well you know that saying ‘You don’t know what you don’t know until you know you didn’t know it ‘ Well that’s me. If only I’d had the benefit of the knowledge from this course before , then I would have recognised several of the warning signs of Low Grade Laminitis and could have taken the measures to stop it. Ruby is doing very well now and I feel confident in how to look after her. This has allowed me to let Ruby have a better quality of life socialising with her herd. I feel so much happier that I know what I’m doing. This course is one if the best I have undertaken. I love the set up. Short videos make up each weeks module followed by a live session each week. Questions, questions, questions by all members of the group were all answered and added such a lot of value. It was set at a level where I could understand the information, it was realistic and not too technical. Debs and Victoria are so much fun too. Honestly if you own or care for a horse please do consider giving a little of your time for six weeks to further develop your knowledge of this dreadful symptom ‘Laminitis’ . There have been many good developments and a better understanding of this condition and appropriate treatments ....especially nutrition. You’ll be amazed how much you learn.