The Oregon School of Natural Hoof Care was started in 2006 with the
philosophy that good hoof care begins with an understanding of the internal structures of the hoof and the biology that affects
them. The staff of twelve instructors have worked together for years as a cottage research group, incorporating into
the school’s curriculum what they know from their own backgrounds and what is being discovered by other professionals
and the research scientists who continue to reveal the secrets of hoof growth and function. Thus, students are encouraged
to base their trimming practice on many sources rather than on a technique advocated by a single clinician. To facilitate
extra study, the school’s library, available for student referrals, is one of the largest collections on the hoof available
in any one location.
At present, training at the school consists of two levels:
Both sessions take place in a family (and pet) friendly resort atmosphere. Students enjoy instructor
trimming demonstrations and individual supervision during the day and lecture and video presentations during the evening.
Pictured below, DMV Bill Fergusen views one of the digital radiographs taken of student's horses at the Advanced Clinic.