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!
I just finished the online course. I really want to gain a better understanding of what my trimmer is doing and also want to do it myself. The videos are clear, concise and easy to follow. I hope to attend the 6 day course later to get some hands-on experience to do my own horses. I recommend taking this online course. It's a great learning tool.
Taking this class will help to free you from your farrier. I was so frustrated with the poor quality of my horse’s hooves. Little did I know at the time prior to taking Kristi’s course that my horse was really lame. After one week you will have enough knowledge to understand the hoof mechanics and the practice time to do it yourself. You will save by not paying a farrier every 8 to 12 weeks and preventing lameness. I spent so much money on poor quality trims and Veternary bills to find out what was wrong with my horse. Of course it was a trek to fly from San Francisco to Kelowna, but now looking back I have made new friends in the course and I have taken control of my horse’s soundness. Overall my horse feels so much better when I ride him and I can fix a crack instantly when I see it. I have chosen to give him a micro trim once a week. Now I am faster than before and I do not have to make measurements. I know where I need to be with his feet and they are in the process of being restored. Make sure you sign up and benefit from Kristi’s course and purchase the BEST tools for the job which make a difference. Kristi has a heart of gold and loves her horses! She is there to help you and I would love too support her by encouraging you to take her invaluable course. You will be absolutely amazed at the results. Just be easy on yourself and allow the information to permeate your brain over time. Lots of luck to you all. The trimming journey is worth it!
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.
Kristi is a great teacher and has set her class up for extensive amounts of learning. love the amounts of hands on learning and great atmosphere! Regular horse owner or someone looking to know if their current trimmer is doing a good job, highly recommend. Thanks so much!
I just completed the 6 day trimming course and I am so glad I decided on this particular course. Kristi is a wonderful teacher and I would highly recommend this course to all horse owners!!! I read all the positive reviews below and agree with all that is said! Also the food was amazing!! Thank you Kristi
I just finished OKSNHC level one trimming course and couldn’t be happier with the information received, techniques learned, and overall experience. Every horse owner should take this course- there are so many things I’ve missed over the years from simple lack of knowledge, and am so excited to to start correcting some pathology on my own horses! Absolutely recommend for anyone who owns or loves horses: Kristi is a patient but diligent teacher, who makes her trade accessible and clear for beginner trimmers.
I just did the 6 day course during the coldest week of the winter, lol! However, it was still excellent and I highly recommend it. Kristi is a wealth of knowledge and I not only became confident in trimming, but also learned the important roles that diet, environment and movement play in a healthy hoof. The whole 6 days were very interesting and we trimmed a variety of horses from full size to pony to mini's! And I should also mention that Kristi's hot, cooked meals were second to none and exactly what was needed in -15 weather! Thanks Kristi!
Kristi delivered an excellent presentation to our Pony Club group. Members and parents raved about it afterwards. She is extremely knowledgeable, and managed to captivate a very diverse group (with ages ranging from 6 year olds through to adults!) I would highly recommend any course taught by Kristi!
I highly recommend this course:) Kristi is very knowledgeable in what she teaches and easy to learn from. Very welcoming environment. The theory and hoof dissection where very thorough and enlightening. And most important there was lots of variety in horses and different hooves to learn from and work on.
I just finished the 6-day hoof care course and thoroughly enjoyed it! Kristi is a very talented instructor and is very inclusive, supportive and knowledgable. Going into the course I had only a very basic knowledge of hooves, and now I feel confident in my ability to trim my own horses after this 6 days. It is also nice to know that Kristi is there as a resource for any questions I may stumble across when trimming on my own. Trimming cadavers prior to moving onto real horses was a great confidence boost, and we were exposed to a variety of horses with different hooves, patience levels and personalities throughout the week which gave a good taste of what it will be like to trim outside the course. The farm was beautiful, Kristi and her family were very welcoming, and all the animals were great! I can't wait to go back and learn more in a future course, and would recommend the 6 day course to anyone interested in learning more about hoof care, whether for professional or personal use.
I had the privilege of taking Kristi's course AND bring my own horses to the course. Aside from the in depth education on how a horses foot actually works and why it is to be trimmed a certain way; Kristi also leads by example in the day to day activities of her farm. Her own horses who live on a track around her property mimic a domesticated version of wild horse life principles, are all barefoot and sound. I had the pleasure to learn to trim my very own horses and am not only feeling competent to do so going forward, but also left this course very inspired to put more thought on how to change my horses way of living to keep them sound and healthy for many years to come.
Wow! Thank you to Kristi and her amazing family for an incredible week packed full of knowledge, hands on experience and food! What an experience that I would never give up! Kristi is an amazing teacher and I would highly recommend this course! Change your career like I did, or just gain the knowledge to keep your horse in the best care! I cannot say thank you enough!
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.
Amazing people food and experience! Very welcoming and learned tons! Couldn't be happier with the outcome! Thank you Kristi and family
Thank you Kristi for the week you spent with us! It was so nice to be made to feel at home at your place and have your family welcome us into their lives for a week. Thanks Chris for your time and the meals you were able to put on for us while Kristi was busy. You guys truly run a wonderful boarding facility and trimming school together and that is so nice to see! Hats off to you! I am thankful for the connections I made with the other students. I truly loved our group and group dynamics while attending your school for that week and hope to stay in touch with everyone :) Kristi you are very passionate about what you do and it shows. You are very knowledgeable and a wonderful teacher. I really appreciated how patient you are with all of the students and your ability to recognize strengths and weaknesses and be able to teach and manipulate scenario's accordingly. The teachings and learning during that week are irreplaceable. I have taken many day and weekend clinics and have been trimming my own herd for about 10 years with the help from clinicians, farriers, vets, chiropractors and equine sports therapists however Kristi really puts everything into this week long clinic, my favorite being the hoof anatomy and pathologies. I found that there was much to offer from this school for everyone and anyone from the least experienced just starting out person to the person who has been taking clinics and trimming horses for years. It is so important to have a clear understanding of the anatomy of the hoof and hoof function which is what you will certainly gain at the beginning of this course and throughout. I certainly feel comfortable after this certification course paired with my past learning and trimming history to now trim for clients which I will be starting to offer part time in the West Kootenay area :) My congratulations to you Kristi and Okanagan School of Natural Hoof Care on a job well done!!
I did a lot of research before making the jump to pursue Barefoot trimming. A friend referred me to OKSNHC, so a quick lookup of Kristi's website turned into over an hour of reading! (and soon after a registration). I was extremely impressed with the amount of thought she has put into structuring her course, and am even more so after having taken it. Kristi, as an instructor, was exceptional! Her program does an amazing job of looking at anatomical fundamentals, and what that means as a whole. The class size is small, so proper supervision and prompt feedback are always maintained for best outcomes. For a week course, by the end, students leave well aware of actions and repercussions involved in the care of a horses feet, safe handling of animals and tools, and some great critical thinking tips...but most of all, are aware of and have access to resources to help them in the present/continue learning throughout their career; which I think is one of the most valuable things a program can deliver. No course could ever leave you an expert by the end, but one that provides you with a support community to continue on with is a rare thing! I could not of invested in a better foundation!
While I haven't taken the course, I always take some time out to talk to Kristi when I can. I find her very knowledgeable and incredibly friendly and open. I appreciate her methods of communication and trimming for the benefit of the horse. Recommended!
What a great experience! Was above and beyond what I thought it would be. Fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to trim their own horses, or start out in the trimming business. Many hours of hands on experience, and relatable scientific information. You will learn more and feel more confident that you can imagine. Highly recommend.
Re : Hoof Dissection Clinic. I attended this clinic on Sept.18/16. Very informative...loved the hands on. Wonderful family atmosphere. Homemade hot meal with salad + a dessert provided for lunch. I wanted to learn more about the anatomy and function of the hoof. I was not disappointed. I plan on attending future clinics. Highly reccommend.