Hoof Trimming for Horse Owners with Lesley Holehouse



This course is aimed at horse owners who have already started trimming their horses and at people who are interested in becoming professionals






The course covers practical hoof trimming, where you will learn to balance a hoof, use a wider range of tools than the rasp and be able to plan hoof care and lifestyle to help horses suffereing from a range of hoof conditions.


Hoof Mechanics


You will see hoof dissections, so you clearly understand the mechanics of hoof health. Lesley will also dissect a pathological hoof, so that you can see the kind of changes that infection causes in hoof structure, both in the diseased hoof and the opposing weight bearing leg



Diseases Affecting Hoof Health and Function


You will learn about the major diseases which affect hooves. These are laminitis, "navicular" disease and Equine Metabolic Syndrome. Lesley will explain the causes and diagnoses of these conditions and the best management protocols for prevention and cure

Practical Hoof Trimming

Following on from basic rasping, Lesley will teach when and how to use tools such as nippers, knives and boots. The emphasis will be on hoof balance to improve movement and posture. It will also be to facilitate healing of the hoof and successful transition to barefoot.


You will get lots of opportunity to practice trimming as the course is limited to 6 participants





After Course Support

This will be an interactive course and we encourage you to bring photos and videos of your horses so that you can have one to one consultations with Lesley about your horse.




"“I returned home with a renewed confidence in my own work with barefoot trimming, increased knowledge and knowing I can rely on the support of Lesley Holehouse for future back up and advice whenever it's needed.”Jane Felton, Spain



Day 1 Diseases Affecting Hoof Health and Soundness


Morning: Review of hoof anatomy and physiology. Review of basic trimming protocols

Afternoon: Laminitis: Causes, cures and prevention

Evening: Consultation on student horses

Day 2 Demonstration of tool use: nippers and knives


Morning: Student practice in live trimming

Afternoon: "Navicular Disease"

Evening: Consultation on Student Horses


Day 3: The Anatomy of the Hoof


Morning: Hoof dissections, showing all structures and explaining the anatomy and physiology of soundness and disease.

Afternoon: Equine Metabolic Syndrome

Evening: Consultation on Student Horses


Day 4 and 5: Trimming and Training


Trimming live horses, including assessment of foot balance, hoof health and soundness in movement. Handling tools, sharpening tools, safe trimming posture. Effective use of rewards and marker signals. Hoof lifting and horse carrying his own weight. Getting used to tools and trimming sensations.

Day 5 Evening: End of Course Dinner





  • Sun-hat and tough shoes/boots.
  • Notebook and pen
  • Water bottle
  • Sun-tan and Insect Creams
  • Swim-suit
  • Towels and Bedding Provided





November Course Dates:

Arrrival: from 2pm 3rd November

Tuition Days: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 November

Departure: 12pm 9th November








Price Includes:

  • 5 FULL days tuition
  • Use of Centre horses and facilities
  • 6 nights accommodation in a shared room (max 3 per room).
  • All meals, including unlimited wine with evening meals.
  • Meal at traditional Spanish restaurant one evening.
  • Full use of our pretty villa, with garden and solar-heated pool.
  • Transfers from Granada Airport and Loja Bus Station (Express Coach from Malaga)

Not Included: Flights, travel costs etc to the Centre (except transfers from Granada Airport and Loja bus station), Compulsory Travel Insurance covering horse-based activities (required).


948 Euros

Book Your Place!

Hoof Trimming for Horse Owners

3rd - 9th November 2019

About Lesley

Lesley is one of the most knowlegeable hoof trimmers in the world. She has been learning and trimming for over 15 years and has trained with many different people..


She qualified with the American Association of Natural Hoof Care Practitioners in 2007. Following her qualification she was asked to be the EU trainer for the Equine Sciences Academy Degree in Natural Hoof Care.


She was also invited onto the UK Government Commit- tee (LANTRA) to define the National Occupational Standards for Hoof Trimmers. This was followed by her participation in a DEFRA (Dept of Agriculture) Consultation Group of Professional  Status of Hoof Care Practitioners.



She has studied with many practitioners in many areas of horse care. The list includes Professor Robert Bowker, Pete Ramey, Ivana Ruddock, Stuart and Jane Myers, Katie Watts, Kerry Ridgeway, Alexandra Kurland, Hannah Weston, Shawna Karrasch, Jaak Panksepp, Paige Poss, Pete Laidley, James Shaw and Juliette Getty.


She is a co-operative member of BarefootWorks and has a practice in the North of England.



Transfer information for courses held at Cortijo de Segura


From Malaga Airport:


ALSA bus company runs buses from Malaga Airport and Malaga Bus Station:

You can buy tickets on line: it’s best to book in advance to be certain of a seat.

www.alsa.com   -   then search for buses from Malaga to Loja.

There is also an ALSA ticket office directly outside Malaga airport arrivals. (Be aware that not all buses leave from and terminate at the airport – there are more frequent buses from the bus station).

We will meet you at Loja by arrangement. Please confirm your arrival time with us.


Our preferred pick up time is 16:00 at Loja and we would ask you to organise your travel accordingly. We can arrange alternative pick up times but - as you may appreciate – courses are busy and staff and transport availability limited.


Similarly, for drop off for your return flight from Malaga, the first bus leaves Loja at 8:40 (arriving Malaga Airport at 10:30) so you will need to arrange your flights to suit. Check ALSA website for all journeys – times subject to change.


Should you wish to travel from Malaga Airport to Malaga Bus Station, there is a regular shuttle bus that leaves from directly outside arrivals (3 euro). Frequency – approx. 15-20mins -  leaves from a blue stand (autobus aeropuerto).


Similarly, at Malaga Bus station the airport bus leaves from blue stand at right angles to main bus stands. There is a left luggage facility at Malaga Bus Station.


Transfers from Granada Airport.

Granada is the nearest airport to Cacin and is 40 minutes by car. We can meet your flight.

You should book flights to ensure arrival in Granada between 15:00 and 18:00 on the start date for the course.

We will accommodate alternative pickups by arrangement if this proves difficult.


Car Rental


Both airports have car rental. We can put you in touch with other course participants - with their permission – so you can co-ordinate car hire share if you wish.

Book Your Place!

Hoof Trimming for Horse Owners

3rd - 9th November 2019

"Best learning experience ever!" - Jan Wilkinson, UK