Online Courses

Learn in your home, at a pace you are comfortable with

Our online courses are for conscientious horse owners and carers of shod or barefoot horses who want to learn to proactively care for their horses from the hooves up. They also provide CPD opportunities for equine professionals such as vets, farriers, trimmers, podiatrists, saddle fitters, instructors, trainers, nutritionists, saddle fitters, therapists, grooms and students.  

Its easy to be confused by the array of advice given by other horse owners and even professionals - we can help you learn solid, usable, dependable information to solve your hoof related issues in a format everyone can understand!
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About Our Courses

Our proactive, integrative approach to hoof care is unique and encompasses the whole horse, plus the influence of the environment. This is reflected in the courses offered and is enhanced by the 29 years of training and experience Beccy has working in the industry as an Equine Body Worker, a Rehabilitation Centre owner/manager, a riding instructor and 12 years as a Holistic Equine Podiatrist.

If you are a VIP MEMBER, you can access all our online courses for a 10% discount. As a member you will also receive our online course “Introduction to Recognising the Ideal Hoof and Posture” for free! In addition, you will receive 10% off our Consultations and Educational Events! 

Our first course will become available in May 2021. Our more detailed courses on “Fundamentals of Integrative Hoof Care” will become available Summer 2021 and will include whole horse assessment, mapping the hoof and interventions to create and maintain ideal posture and hoof balance from a holistic perspective.

Our Courses

Introduction to Recognising the Ideal Hoof and Posture 

Perfect for all horse owners and carers as well as equine professionals seeking CPD and furthering their knowledge of what is considered the ideal hoof and posture.

Recognising heathy ideals is critical to the well-being, longevity and resilience of the horse. Having less than ideal posture and hoof shape places the horse at an increased risk of trauma, injury, disease and infection.

Knowing a horse has less than ideal posture and hoof shape allows for opportunity for discussion with the horse’s team to decide upon a suitable intervention which might include trimming, booting, shoeing, dental work, therapy, nutrition or training. To learn more about interventions, see our online course: Fundamentals of Integrative Hoof Care below.

This compact online course should take less than a week to complete and is free to all VIP members upon joining, otherwise it is £44, available from May 2021. 

To learn about upcoming online courses, sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page. 

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Foundation of PRO-Active Integrative Hoof Care 

Ideal for conscientious and responsible horse owners and carers of both shod are barefoot horses as well as equine professionals seeking CPD and enhancing their knowledge of responsive and pro-active Hoof Care from a holistic, integrative perspective.

This detailed online course will help you: 

  • recognise the ideal healthy posture and hoof shape (also covered in our compact course Introduction to Recognising the Ideal Hoof and Posture) 

  • appreciate the impact on the horse’s well-being and resilience of having less than ideal posture and hoof shape 

  • assess and document the posture and hoof and learn what might affect this 

  • learn how to map the hoof and provide a hoof score for proactive hoof care 

  • relate the hoof score to the horse’s usability for promotion of healthy ideals and prevention of injury 

  • understand positive interventions to help and maintain healthy ideals and when these might be appropriate 

  • realise the importance of teamwork in maintaining and achieving healthy ideals 

  • discover the value of appropriate environmental stimulus in maintaining and achieving healthy ideals 

This course forms our foundation course and is a pre-requisite for our unique online trimming course: PRO-Active Integrative Hoof Care – Trimming the Barefoot Horse. We recommend allowing around 6 weeks to complete them however both courses are self-paced and you can take as much or as little time as you like to finish them.  

This detailed online course is available to VIP members at 10% discount, otherwise it is £120, available from Summer 2021. 

To learn about upcoming online courses, sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page. 

PRO-Active Integrative Hoof Care - Trimming the Barefoot Horse 

Designed for conscientious and diligent horse owners and carers of barefoot or shoeless horses as well as equine professionals (farriers, trimmers and equine podiatrists in particular) seeking CPD and enhancing their knowledge of trimming to maintain or create healthy hoof and posture ideals. 

We wholeheartedly recommend that suitably qualified and experienced hoof care professionals are employed to carry out trimming as a positive intervention to maintain or create healthy ideals. However, we also recognise this isn’t always possible and while this online course is not designed to replace professional assistance, it may ultimately help horse carers help their horses where professional assistance simply isn’t available or accessible, or simply appreciate more the art of trimming and integrative equine podiatry. Please also read our disclaimer. 

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This course builds on the knowledge gained from Foundation of PRO-Active Integrative Hoof Care and this course must be taken first. The information in this course includes practical application of the fundamentals already learned and includes:

 

  • detailed horse and hoof assessment and hoof mapping 

  • examples of different hoof shapes and less than healthy ideals 

  • step by step instructions on our PRO-Active approach to trimming to create or maintain healthy ideals 

  • instructional videos and top tips on trimming the barefoot horse 

  • limitations of reductive intervention (trimming) and recognising when additional support is warranted  

We recommend allowing around 6 weeks to complete this self-paced online course and you can take as much or as little time as you like to finish. 

This detailed online course is available to VIP members at 10% discount, otherwise it is £120, available from Summer 2021. 

Available from this Summer 2021 and VIP MEMBERS receive 10% discount off the full price of £147. 

To learn about upcoming online courses, sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page. 

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Contact

Beccy Smith BSc (Hons) ADAEP EBW

CEO and founder of Holistic Reflections CIC & Holistic Equine

Email

Tel

07766 772245

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