Confused about what to feed your horse?
The Healthy Horse: Feeding and Nutrition
A mini course to help you figure out how to use your environment to best suit your horse's needs without tearing your hair out with frustration!
Years ago I started a 4 part series on nutrition for barefoot horses. Parts 1-3 were no trouble at all, but part 4 ...urgh!! I wrote part 4 and deleted it so many times.
There was a fundamental problem....
Either I told people to feed X,Y and Z - while making things simple, that wouldn’t suit the individual needs of the horse or yard and so wouldn’t help many people.
Or I wrote about how each yard, and horse had individual needs - which while accurate, didn’t actually help anyone figure out what to feed, so would frustrate a lot of people.
It wasn’t quite a rock and a hard place, but part 4 was a deafening silence (and driving me bonkers)!
Then a pandemic came along and some of us suddenly had more time on our hands, and wanted something to keep us occupied, so I decided to create a mini course on feeding horses.
I’m not a nutritionist. We’re not going to cover each and every vitamin and mineral, symptoms of deficiency and excess, their use in the body and all that jazz.
I do however spend a lot of time advising people how to manage their environment to simplify their life and get their horses as healthy as possible.
Here’s what we are going to talk about:
When you ask for help online, advice can be very ‘my way is right’. People mean well, they’re trying their best to help but the thing that worked so well for them may not work well for everyone else! There are just so many variables, and we don’t all have the same variables. They... well… vary!
Whether there’s a metabolic problem, a digestion problem, or no problem at all, your horse will have different needs to someone else's.
Mixed species meadow grass to mono culture rye grass grazing, stabling or 24/7 turn out, all present very different challenges.
Let’s make it so you can decide what is going to work for you and your horse at your yard.
3 modules, 19 lessons making up 2 hours of videos, plus extra resources, with monthly live Q&A sessions and a community discussion group... Aaaand suddenly it’s obvious why I couldn’t make it fit into 1 blog post.
Get instant access to this 3 module mini course.
Your Horse's Needs
We cover the basics of digestions and discuss common health issues
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We cover the pros and cons of different ways to manage your horse's environment and assess their dietary needs.
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Feed, Forage and Supplements
We discuss what ingredients are good for your horse, and what could be causing problems.
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About the Tutor
Hi! I'm Debs Crosoer. I’m a practicing Equine Podiatrist with over 15 years experience, author and educator. My focus is on helping people who want wildly effective horse keeping methods, without the usual stress and complication.
So... How does this work then?
This is a mini course. You'll get instant access to all 3 modules.
You'll have lifetime access to all the content, so you can work at your own pace. Binge it all in 1 go, or take a more sedate pace, it's up to you.
Each module will have video lessons, with supporting docs like worksheets, pdfs and further resources.
Access is through this membership site.
There's a live Q&A session each month in the facebook group.
Well, technically it's all done at home, but there are no assignments to complete, or grades given.
I will be updating the course over time. You'll have access to the new content too.
The discussions and support in the facebook group, or there's a comments section below each lesson in the Academy.
Difficulty level ?
This course is aimed at horse owners. All the basics will be covered. I try to make everything easy to understand.
I'm not sure if that's morbid or not! Lets not worry about our mortality :)
Lifetime access means for the lifetime of Hoof Geek Academy.
What People Are Saying...
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.
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’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.
What happens next?
Enroll on the course now. You'll gain immediate access to the membership area with all the course materials.
There will be a monthly live discussion facebook group.
How long do I have access to the course?
You get lifetime access. For as long as the Hoof Geek Academy is active, you'll have access.
(I really don't want to try and predict how long your lifetime or my lifetime will be, so we'll go with the lifetime of the company :) )
How can I get a refund?
You can contact us through the contact form or reply to any of our emails to request a refund as long as it's within 30 days of your purchase date.
How much is the course?
Right now it's a one time payment of £22. The price may go up in the future but if you've already bought it - you really don't need to worry about that :)
It's very rare that I'd offer a discount. I feel that it's unfair to all the people who have already paid full price.
I will, no doubt, be adding more content and features to the course, and the price of the course may increase to reflect that. You will, of course, have access to all that content if you've already purchased. Essentially, the cheapest this course will ever be is today!
Will I have access to new content?
I will be adding more content to the course over time to keep it up to date. Maybe just because I've figured out a better way to explain something, I've discovered something really cool I want to share with everyone, or if there's been some scientific breakthroughs. You will get access to that as it goes live.
Will there be an exam?!?
Nope! That sounds awful!
There's no assessments, no exams, none of that horrible 'school' stuff. This course is to help you understand your horse better. It's to make your life better and less stressful.
How long are the modules?
It's hard to say as it depends how fast you go through it and how much added research or group discussion you want to do.
I don't think any module should take more than 1 hour to complete. I've worked hard to make sure you get all the information you need, while keeping things as simple as possible. I'm going for quality over quantity here. We've all got enough to do in our day and enough to worry about. As with the Hoof Geek blog posts I'm going for clear, simple, informative and fun.
I've avoided hour long video lessons that some courses are fond of. I think they're overwhelming, giving too much info in 1 go, and a right pain if you want to find a particular bit to review. Not to mention tough on the poor old broadband!
I'm keeping it short and sweet. Modules will be broken up into videos of 5 minutes or so and check sheets, written articles, diagrams or whatever format works best. This means you can fit a bit of study into each day - or cram it all in at the last minute if you like :) (I know which I'd do, but I may be more of a cautionary tale than a good example!!)
Do I need to have a facebook account?
The course content will be in the members area of this website. There are discussion sections for each lesson, so you can use them to interact with other students and tutors.
However, the live group discussions will take place in the facebook group, and you will need a facebook account to access them. By not having facebook you'll miss some of the student interaction, but none of the content.