Producing the highest quality hybrid
hoof trimmer/ body worker, to better serve the horse.
Through course work and hands on training
The Hoof and Body School is unique and is based on the six concepts of the horse:
Many schools cover environment, nutrition and of course hooves but the true balance can only be achieved thru balanced dentistry, body and hooves.
The three components to a full balanced horse are:
1. TMJ joint that allows the mouth to open and close.
2. The full Musculoskeletal System, including all muscles and bones.
3. The horses foundation or their hooves.
And the three areas we focus on are:
1. Obtaining balance through weight distribution.
2. How things function or work.
3. What goes up must come down and other effects with gravity.
How does this all fit together?
Every muscle has a job. If one muscle or group of muscles is always contracted the opposing muscles are also affected, changing balance, function and gravity. If all three of these components are not in harmony then you can never truly attain balance.
It's all about Posture not Conformation!
Conformation is about structure the shape or size of something. Posture on the other hand is dictated solely by muscular balance . When people talk of conformational faults in a horse, all too often they are really referring to the horses posture. Faults such as standing under, camped out, cow hocked, base narrow etc., are all created by muscular tension and NOT bone structure. with this in mind, it is easy to understand that imbalances in alignment contribute heavily to the growth patterns of the hoof. Hoof growth is created by blood flow and blood flow to the hoof, is dictated by pressure. Muscular tension creates imbalance of the body therefore the blood flow as to where in the hoof the blood flow is concentrated. Our goal is to teach you how to look, see and understand the posture of the horse and how it relates to the feet. To better understand the growth patterns and imbalances they have.
Dino and Anthony met in 2011 and became friends immediately. They both are passionate about their work and when working on particular horses they would find themselves saying 'I wish I had Anthony/Dino in my back pocket right now'. They saw each others strengths and began working together intermittently (based on their coastal distance) as often as they could. After seven years of working together they decided to pool their skills and open a school to produce the first hybrid hoof trimmer/body worker course to provide the equine community with the ultimate in balanced equine care.
Anthony has been trimming since 2001 and is just as excited going to work every morning as if it were his first day. He believes you must have passion in what you do in order to be your best. After completing his initial education he did not stop there, He believes there is always something new to learn and as the years past has became a better trimmer because of it. He loves to share all that he has learned with as many horse owners who are ready to listen. Anthony can also be found giving presentations to many diverse groups and organizations His popular presentation is entitled Proper vs. Improper Hoof Care. It's like a timeless Tuxedo, it never goes out of style.
As a barefoot trimmer Anthony thought his tools and the proper application of them were all that he needed to restore balance to horses hooves. Yet, there has always been those handful of horses he just couldn’t seem to fix. That is until he met Dino. He showed him the missing piece to the puzzle. The positive changes to the horses posture and therefore it’s balance can be seen in one good session with Dino. Anthony knew partnering up with him to create a hybrid skilled worker was a no brainer.
Dino is a professional Equine Bodywork Specialist. He began working with horses in 1996. Throughout the years his work has taken him across the country to various venues to educate, instruct and provide private clinics for horse owners. During this time he has met and been inspired by some amazing and knowledgeable practitioners.
Dino's vision has always been, and always will be the pursuit of balance for horses. His goal is to leave the biggest footprint on this earth in regards to the concept of a truly balanced horse.
To achieve a truly balanced horse Dino has joined forces with one of the most knowledgeable and dedicated Hoof Care Providers he has had the honor to meet.
Although Dino's passion is to work hands on in his practice with these amazing animals, he also lives to educate about the whole horse concept including Hoof, Body and Dental balance and health. He feels the goal is to share this knowledge that horses have shared with him, alongside his partner Anthony, with individuals who truly desire to make a difference in the world of horses and help create a True Hybrid Hoof and Bodywork Professional.
This course is truly all encompassing and there is no other like it offered anywhere. The education you will receive is ground breaking and cutting edge. You will learn how to put the pieces of the horses puzzle together and wonder why it took so long since it is only three pieces. You will be given the tools to not just look at the horse but to truly see the horse. You will have all the necessary skills to completely restore whole horse balance. Classes will cover the hoof inside and out, including the diseases and ailments of the hoof. We will discuss the difference between conformation and posture and how poor posture leads to imbalances in the hoof. By the end of the week you will be working on live horses and producing results you will not believe possible.
Prerequisite: The Horses Muscles in Motion by Sara Wyche
Rebuilding a Bad Foot
Trimming Live Horses
Posture vs. Conformation
What is a good foot
Review in the Morning
Trimming Live Horses
An intensive full week of working on horses. To attend a Week 2 session students must come prepared having completed 2 case studies on their own based on the skills obtained in a Week 1 session.
Prerequisite 2 Case Studies
Discuss all case studies
Tuesday - Friday:
Working on live horses with one on one attention
Class size is limited to only 4 students to ensure you receive a one on one education. Week 2 sessions can only be attended if you have taken skills learned in Week 1 and applied it, on your own and created 2 case studies on horses of your choice. These case studies will be addressed and reviewed at the beginning of a Week 2 Session.
Contact us if you have any questions or concerns, we are committed to your success.
Week 1 Class 20th-24th
Week 1 Class 27th-31st
Week 1 Class 17th-21st
Week 2 Class 24th-28th
Week 1 Class 15th-19th
Week 2 Class 22nd-26th
Week 1 Class 5th-9th
Week 2 Class 12th- 16th
Please note that registration is not complete until your full tuition fees have be received.
The course cost is $2,000 for a week session. To securely pay now online and to reserve you spot click the button below.
Courses are filled on a first come first served basis, to those who have paid their tuition and fees. Course deposits and tuition fees are non-refundable. However deposits and tuition fees are transferable to future course dates providing there is space available. In the event of a cancelled course, you will be refunded in full.