Why choose to become a Certified Strasser Hoofcare Professional?

There are now several schools of barefoot study in North America. All have a common goal, to have sound healthy barefoot horses but each is in some respects unique.

As you think about choosing our school to become a barefoot professional, we invite you to reflect on the values embodied in what the school of the Equine Soundness Association (ESA) can offer you:

holistic approach to equine health care
distinctive expertise in barefoot lameness prevention and rehabilitative care
knowledge of hoof anatomy and physiology
use of a core of equine science as the center of our work and knowledge of how to promote a healthy lifestyle for our equine friends
promote an awareness and general understanding of holistic and alternative healing methods that complement and enhance restoration of or maintenance towards a horse's continuing soundness
full year of supervised clinical experience
in-depth knowledge of a trim that is designed to maintain and return optimum physiologic function to promote balanced wear and weight bearing

As an ESA student:

Most owners come to a Strasser Hoofcare Professional because their horses are in pain. Unlike conventional methods of hoof management, barefoot management recognizes physiologic features of the whole horse and function of the hoof and attempts to trim to promote proper functions.

1. You will develop a distinctive competence in Hoofcare using the precepts developed by Dr. Strasser. Two years of Strasser Hoofcare training, with supervised clinic, give you the skill, experience, and confidence you need to practice hoofcare professionally.
2. During this time you will begin to learn to understand how to see the balance of the horse, hoof, lifestyle spectrum and explore the broad range of options available to you as a professional. This training is an essential component in your becoming a competent practitioner. It continues throughout the program, laying a foundation for a lifetime of growth and refinement.
3. You will be introduced to a range of complementary and western therapies that supplement and support rehabilitative as well as healthy horse care. You will be given an introduction into a broad range of healing resources that encompasses many health systems, modalities, and practices and their accompanying theories. These complementary therapies include: naturopathy, homeopathy, chiropractic and massage as well as other holistic therapies that are part of the clinical methods and techniques available to carry out one's duties as interns and graduates.
4. Your clinical experience will be extensive—over fifteen hundred hours of class-study, clinical observation and one-on-one supervision from experienced SHP’s as well as practitioners of varied backgrounds and persuasions. In addition to trimming instruction and practice, you will also be introduced to holistic first aid, anatomy/histology, hoof dissection and bone study, clinical cases and lameness evaluation, hoof model construction II, equine nutrition, hoof boots and fitting, tack fitting and riding methods, horse handling and psychology.
5. We believe there is no substitute for supervised clinical experience in preparation for competent and confident hoofcare practice. Our second year of supervision is geared to ease the student into practice in the field so that, as the years go by, it will be easier for ESA graduates to stay and prosper in their practice.
6. With the ESA, we continue our learning experience after graduation with annual Continuing Education opportunities and Recertification schedules.