Holistic Hoof Care for Horse Owners

Course for everyone interested in equine hoof care



Holistic Hoof Care for Horse Owners is a comprehensive course covering the basics of equine hoof care. It’s been created by three highly experienced hoof care professionals, with over 40 years of combined experience in the industry. The course is aimed at everyone interested in horse hoof care and doesn’t require any prior skills or knowledge.

Satu and Jiri Vainikka have been teaching barefoot trimming since 2007. First this was done as face-to-face classes at their farm in southern Finland. In 2016 the teaching moved online, when the first version of Holistic Hoof Care for Horse Owners course was created.

The course has now been updated, and Minna Sarkkinen, a Finnish hoof care professional living in Australia, has joined as a third teacher on the course.

Full bios can be found on the About page.

This new and improved course teaches you all the basics of hoof care and trimming.

  • What kind of an animal a horse is, and what are its species-specific requirements.
  • How a horse’s welfare can be improved by making small changes to its living habitat.
  • Anatomy and biomechanics of the hoof.
  • How to do a basic barefoot trim and what tools are needed for it.
  • When and why does a horse need extra hoof protection.

After completing the course, you will understand the importance of holistic hoof care, and how you can improve your horse’s quality of life and wellbeing.

The comprehensive course content, consisting of written text, images and videos, offers a solid foundation of hoof knowledge to anyone interested in the topic.

The course is aimed at horse owners at all levels, from beginners upwards. You don’t need any prior knowledge of hoof care, as the course starts from the basics and builds up from there.

"The course really helped me understand the hoof anatomy and the importance of good basic hoof trim. After completing the course I have started to trim my own horses and can already see massive improvements in their hooves.

Because of this course, I am able to better care for my horses and improve their living habitat by some simple changes.

The course is easy to follow and everything is explained properly. I would recommend this course to every horse owner!"

- Riikka -

Benefits of online learning

Online course is an effective way to learn theory, and all required information is included in the course.

Videos, photos and recordings help learners transfer the knowledge to practice.

All learners can progress on the course at a pace that suits them best, and go back to earlier sections as and when necessary.

Being able to repeat sections drives deeper learning.

The course enables the learner to take a holistic view to hoof care. The world is full of “quick fixes” that make the symptoms disappear but do nothing to actually fix the real issue; our aim is to teach you how to get to the root of the problem and fix it. Or better yet, give you the tools to prevent situations ever becoming problems!

The course is designed to enable you to look at a horse’s situation holistically and determine what is happening, and what you could do to create positive and lasting changes to benefit the horse.

The online course can be accessed from a mobile phone, tablet or computer; you can even login from your mobile phone with an app when out and about with your horse.

This course is designed for owners who want to care for their horses holistically. It teaches you how to do a basic barefoot trim on a horse, but it’s NOT a course that will enable you to start trimming horses for a living. Although anyone can learn the basics of barefoot trimming, we don’t recommend that you start trimming other people’s horses after completing this course. Trimming professionally requires years of in-depth study and practice.



The course price is 569.00€

Once purchased, the course modules become available one at a time during the first 17 days, and the course remains open to you for the lifetime of the course.

Once you join the course, you also get access to a private Community group, where you can discuss hoof trimming with other course participants, and receive trimming guidance based on the course content.

IMPORTANT! Our courses are only available to purchase by residents in the following countries: all EU countries, Switzerland, Australia, Canada (excluding Saskatchewan), Egypt, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom and United Stated of America.

If you live in a country not listed above, you MUST contact us before purchasing the course.



After completing the course, you get THREE hoof trim consultations with the course teachers, completely free of charge!

Each consultation normally costs 80€, so you save a whopping 240€ !!

Consultations are completed by all three course teachers jointly, so you benefit from top class professional service and knowledge. The consultation is unique to your horse, so the advice is tailored to enable you to successfully trim your horse's hooves.

Because we promote holistic hoof care, the consultations also cover other aspects of hoof health management, such as your horse's diet. Our advise will help you take your horse's hoof health to the next level!


Individual trimming advice for students who have completed the course

Written advice 80€ per horse

Additional hoof trimming consultations, based on hoof photos sent by the owner. Excludes horses that require specialist trimming outside the scope of the course.

Come and learn
holistic hoof care with us!



Working with horses and handling horses can be dangerous and horses may be unpredictable. Holistic Hoof Care Oy cannot be held liable for any accident, loss, damage, injury or illness to any student of any of our courses. Nor can Holistic Hoof Care Oy be held liable for any accident, injury, damage or illness affecting the horse or pony being trimmed, whether directly or indirectly caused by the trimming. Students understand and accept that they undertake any trimming at their own risk, and should not trim any hooves if they are not confident in their knowledge of what they are doing.