Stop Worrying About LAMINITIS 


Does your horse suffer with:

  • Foot Soreness
  • Persistent Hoof Infection
  • Wall Cracks
  • Flare
  • Underrun heels

These can be signs of low grade (or sub clinical) laminitis. Any amount of inflammation (laminitis) in the hoof capsule can cause hoof deformity and soundness problems. If left unaddressed, solving these issues feel like an uphill battle...

Laminitis can affect any horse.

We discuss 35 different warning signs during this course. Spot the clues that enable you to address problems early on. Recognizing low grade laminitis is key to preventing catastrophic laminitic events that result in pedal bone rotation. 

What's Inside?

6 Weeks 6 Modules...​

For horse owners who can't stand not understanding their horse's hooves.


Anatomy and Function - Putting the 'fun' into function :D :D

No... seriously! Most people expect this to be the boring part, but it's the foundation of everything. A good grasp of anatomy is key to cutting through the confusion.

 In this module you'll learn...

What a hoof is supposed to look like. Discover all the nooks and crannies of a healthy hoof capsule.

It's what's on the inside that counts! The ins and outs of the internal hoof are revealed.

What hoof growth can tell you about your horse...

The #1 stumbling block to healthy circulation and why it's so important.


Understanding Laminitis

What actually is laminitis? What do all the terms mean? What are the different stages of laminitis?

 In this module you'll learn...

Why inflammation is so debilitating to the hoof.

How to understand the terms around laminitis and use them with confidence whether you're helping out your friends or discussing your horse's needs with professionals.

How to identify the different stages of laminitis so you know when it's serious or mild.

The essential role hooves play in maintaining health and stamina for the whole horse.


The Effects of Laminitis

We'll look at the different ways laminitis can affect the horse, what happens in the hoof and how it all affects the horse as a whole.

There are many important clues to spot in the horse's body and hooves if you know what to look out for.

 In this module you'll learn...

How to identify the dead give away signs of low grade laminitis in any hoof.

To recognize a hoof suffering with more serious levels of laminitis and rotation.

The changes to look out for in the horse's body.

The changes to look out for in the horse's hoof.



For your horse, not you! Don't worry, it's not exam week!!

There are many important clues to spot in the horse's body and hooves if you know what to look out for.

We go over 35 different signs that a horse can show before they start leaning back in the recognized 'laminitic posture'.

 In this module you'll learn...

A simple 10 point check up to do with your horse to ensure they're laminitis free.

5 signs that circulation is compromised.

16 different ways the hoof capsule will show low grade laminitis.

9 ways the horse will change their gait to compensate for low grade laminitis.

5 ways the horse's body and posture will change as a result of low grade laminitis.

7 signs it's more serious, acute laminitis, not low grade.



How to find what's causing the problems. Ideas and suggestions for managing your environment for maximum results and minimum stress. Nutrition for the laminitic - what to do, what not to do.

 In this module you'll learn...

How to pin down the cause of laminitis.

Ways to address the most common causes.

How to clean up your horse's nutrition and provide what he needs.

Practical ways to manage grass intake.

What to do about a footsore horse.

The most common misconceptions around laminitis that keep you stressed out, guilty and working far harder than you need to. Believing these myths can ruin your laminitic management results.



It's not as gross as it sounds.

Seeing the internal structures makes sense of everything. It completely changes how you view a hoof once you can picture what's on the inside.

 In this module you'll learn...

What the laminae look like and why they're so quickly damaged by inflammation.

Why soles get sore so easily.

That the pedal bone isn't the most important part of the hoof.

Exactly what you're doing when checking the digital pulse.



If all that isn't enough... there's more!

There's some fun ones as a reward for completing the tougher sections of the course, and some serious ones, like an emergency action plan, further resources, and nutrition suggestions.

 In the Bonuses you'll Get...

A list of laminitis friendly feeds.

A list of the most helpful supplements to address the most common causes of laminitis.

An Acute Laminitis Action Plan.

My awesome secret brownie recipe - well ok, it's not so secret anymore, but it's definitely still awesome!

Private Facebook group. It's a really supportive community of your kind of people.

Weekly Facebook Live sessions. Ask me anything - though try to stick to the weeks content if you can... I don't need any encouragement when it comes to shooting off on tangents.

About the Tutor

Hi! I'm Debs Crosoer. I’m a practicing Equine Podiatrist with over 10 years experience, author and educator. My focus is on helping people who want wildly effective horse keeping methods, without the usual stress and complication.

I’ve helped many horse owners recover their horses from laminitis. I believe knowledge is power. The more we, as owners, can understand about what's causing laminitis, the better equipped we are for protecting our horses from it.

Being able to spot early warning signs is fundamental to preventing more serious events.

So... How does this work then?

How Long?

This is a 6 week long course. We'll work through it together.

1 module will be released each week. It shouldn't take more than an hour to complete the content. How much extra time you spend discussing things and asking questions is up to you!

You'll have lifetime access to all the content, so you can work at your own pace if that's better for you.

What Format?

Each module will have video lessons, with supporting docs like worksheets, pdfs and further resources.

Access is through this membership site.

The modules are released on a Monday. The following Sunday we'll have a live group discussion.


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.

Group Discussions?

The weekly group discussions will be on a Sunday in the facebook group.

Difficulty level ?

This course is aimed at horse owners. All the basics will be covered. I try to make everything easy to understand.

That said, I've had equine professionals who gained a lot from attending too.

Lifetime Access?

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...

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.

Rebecca Callaghan

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.


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.

Sue Wilkinson

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

Lawra Traylen

Excellent teacher

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 it...sign up. You won’t regret it!

Diana Bruce

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.

Julie Baker

LWS course

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

Ruth Hughes

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.

Gillian Halpin

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.


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!

Karen Howell

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 ;)

Sharon Hayes

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!

Liz Sutton

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.

Chris Ando

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.

Sally Rose

Excellent course

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.

Carolynn Grimaldi

Fantastic course

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.

Fiona Jackson

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 retarded computer skills thank you sooo much. Oops and Victoria of course xx

Jill Wintle

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.

Sally McGrath

Brilliant course

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!

Adriana Alcock

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.


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