I just completed Kristi's 6 day trimming course. The online theory portion was very thorough, and it is very helpful to have access to it after the hands-on trimming part of the course for review. We trimmed lots of horses with different temperaments and hoof condition and I feel ready to start caring for my own horses feet, but definitely have a whole new appreciation of the physical nature of trimming especially given that I work in an office Monday to Friday and I'm in my 50s!! I very much appreciate that Kristi is available after the course for any questions or help as things arise. The opportunity to attend future courses and help out is a wonderful opportunity to keep building on the foundation of knowledge and skill...as one never stops learning! A word of caution...the food is so fantastic, even with all the hard physical work...you might put on a few pounds during the week!!! I did!
Kristi and her family are wonderful hosts, very kind and accommodating. The meals she provides are excellent and she takes special consideration for people with dietary concerns. The knowledge base that Kristi teaches is very sensible, hands on and quite extensive. She has put a great deal of thought, research, and follow through with this course. Thanks to the easy going atmosphere of the course there is little to no stress about learning at a certain pace. Students seem to progress at a steady even pace through the course even if they have never trimmed before. Through the hands on portion of the course she helps students gain confidence with their trimming skills. Different sized horses are provided for trimming practice and all trimming is overseen by Kristi before any is started and during the process. Safety of the animals and students is a top priority for the duration of the course. Some tools are also provided with the course for students to take home to continue trimming if they wish. There are also some tools available for purchase on site. I can't recommend this course enough to anyone wanting to learn to trim. Great consideration has been given to students wanting to attend from out of town. The price of the course and what you take home from it will last a student a life time.
Awesome, intense 6 days of learning hoof care and trimming. Kristi is very knowledgeable, thorough and precise. Kristi (and family) are also great hosts,… the food was superb. Most important though was “what” I learned. Kristi has studied with several hoof trimming schools/experts and taught us/me that other than the basic principles of mapping and hoof balance there are no “absolutes”,… that the hoof and horse are the ultimate guides,… that we must learn to read what the hoof/horse is telling us. Kristi provided an excellent foundation, and an appreciation that what we learned was a beginning,.... I look forward to learning more! Thank-you Kristi for an awesome learning experience, for your dedication to the welfare of horses (the many horses that you take in, rehabilitate and rehome) and for your generosity as a teacher and host.