Reviews and Testimonials
Here's what students are saying about us here at OKSNHC:
Training was hands on with one on one instruction. Kristi not only showed the proper way to trim a horse's feet, but gave me the confidence and resolve to go shoeless with our horses. The setting, the horse trimming volunteers, and tools were all top notch and led to an incredible experience that will go a long way to overcoming any foot problems my horses may have. Thanks so much Kristi, Ken Cox, Burnaby, B.C.
I just finished the 6 day hands-on course and it was definitely worth the time and money! I have a much better understanding of hoof anatomy and health and left feeling equipped and able to trim my own horse. Thank you so much Kristi!
Kathleen Harfman, Prince George BC
Well lets just say I'm a 100% happy for choosing to take this course with Kristi. She's a fantastic teacher and very knowledgeable in her field. She's easy to learn from and easy to talk with. I left her facility feeling pretty confident with knowing how to trim and take care of my horses hoofs now. If you're thinking about taking the 6 day hands on trimming course I highly recommend it! You wont be disappointed. Thanks again Kristi and you'll definitely see me again sometime in the future.
David Mattson, White Lake BC
Where do I even begin! This course was a life changer, everything I had hoped it would be it was that… and so, so much more. Stepping onto Kristi’s farm on the first day I had no idea that merely 6 days later I’d leave with a lump in my throat and tears welling in my eyes driving away from the barn. Kristi’s wealth of knowledge and experience combined with this incredible passion for what she does… helping horses, for helping people help horses… its poured into everything she teaches. I am a recent graduate in engineering and in 4 years of being in school with numerous instructors and classes I’ve never felt anything even close to what I felt learning from Kristi Luehr at OKSNHC. It was incredible! I can’t wait to go back again to learn more from her, share my experiences trimming my horses and learn some more and never stop learning. It was truly truly an honor and a privilege to learn from you Kristi. Thank you for giving me purpose again and for helping me help my horses. Till next time."
Ashley Burns, Kimberly BC
I just want to say thank you to Kristi for fitting me in to a private course last year when Covid disrupted everything, I had a great time with the horses and felt very welcomed by Kristi and her family. I learned so much so quickly and have been trimming my own horse ever since and encouraging likeminded others to learn the same! Kristi has inspired me to continue learning and I have been able to help people out with there horses feet when they are stuck.
Chloe White, Revelstoke BC
I have used Kristi to trim my horses for years and she has transformed more feet than I can even remember. I have brought her horses with horrifically overgrown hooves cracked up to the coronary band and she never seems overwhelmed or concerned because she knows that with proper trimming she can grow out a new, perfect foot.
I recently took the online and hands on course and was absolutely blown away by Kristi’s knowledge and understanding of the anatomy and mechanics of horses and their feet. The online portion was filled with knowledge broken down in a very well organized and easy to follow fashion. It was a perfect precursor for the 6 day hands on trimming course. Coming into the course I had never touched a trimming tool not trimmed a horse in my life and thought that I might be overwhelmed. Kristi carried our class through step by step starting with cadaver hooves, then easy maintenance trims, until we were confident tackling more difficult stuff. Her patience and willingness to help out and answer any questions made the course an absolute delight to be a part of. I just finished the course and I am very sad that our time together is over. I now feel confident trimming horses and know that I have Kristi’s support when I need it. I would 100% recommend this course to anyone who has a horse!
Kristen Olychuck, Kelowna BC
I cannot say enough good things about this course! I had been learning to trim the past 1.5 years and this course was the perfect confidence boost and learning experience. Kristi was patient and extremely helpful with all the areas that I was struggling in. She went above and beyond to answer all my questions. I had brought 3 horses with me and the changes made to their hooves was amazing and I cannot wait to see the improvement over the next few months with my new skills. Not only was the course great but the whole family was very welcoming and accommodating. Highly recommend taking this course.
Aislyn Havell, Red Deer Alberta
To all of you who feel lost at hoof trimming or who are seeking more information about the natural way with this profession, I highly recommend enrolling in the online course as well as the 6 day hands on training. I completed the course in July 2020. Kristi was very helpful and informative in her teachings. I had so much fun practicing on mini’s, horses and mini donkeys. I am working on turning this knowledge into a mobile business.
Victoria Jacobson, Langley BC
The 6 Day Hands on Course packs a punch! Kristi has a wealth of knowledge that she generously shares with everyone taking this informative course. The warm hospitality and amazing food offered is second to none. I took advantage of a last minute cancellation to take this course so I could be personally responsible for the care of my horses' feet. They need to be on a 3-4 week trimming schedule which can be expensive and difficult to arrange when using a farrier. It is very exciting to see the improvement in my horses' feet since maintaining them on this short trimming cycle. Getting better continues to be a work in progress but the reward is worth it. Thanks Kristi!
Carol Havell, Red Deer AB
I took the 6 day trimming course and I'm so glad I did! I had been trimming for almost an entire year before this and had taken 2 barefoot trimming clinics before this, but I still felt unsure about if my trim was correct/helping the horse. Kristi immediately showed me where I was going wrong and what I was doing right, she was extremely knowledgeable and patient, allowing everyone to learn at their own pace. Working on cadavers, thoroughbreds, minis, donkeys, paints and anything else she had was absolutely amazing as I learned how to trim a wide variety of hooves that had varying pathologies; so I am now confident to go home and trim all 16 of my own horses! I would 100% recommend this clinic.
Kendyl Kilpatrick, Cochrane Alberta
I absolutely loved Kristi and the way she teaches her course, we took in so much information in a way that was easily retained. I can’t wait to get some experience under my belt and come back to learn more!!
Jennifer Reynolds, Burns Lake BC
I'll say the 6 day course could not be done any better. Start to finish will take you from intimidated to confidently trimming. You'll go from cadaver hoofs first day and progress to horses the next day. Throughout the week you'll trim ponys, donkeys, horses. Everything is covered. Hoof anatomy to joint movement to working with different attitude horses. Kristi is passionate about hoof care and loves what she is doing. She wants you to succeed and is very encouraging and helpful. Can't say enough about the hospitality of Kristi and Chris. And the food!! ... I left a couple pounds heavier:) Tools and chaps are top quality. Everything about this course is 5 stars. Exceeded expectations!
Jari Boren, Creston BC
A big thank you to Kristi for a fabulous 6 day trimming course! The experience went beyond my expectations! The online course was very thorough and laid the knowledge foundation needed to begin trimming horses almost immediately. The amount of hands-on trimming time was amazing and Kristi's approach to teaching made learning fun! Highly recommend this course to anyone looking to start trimming; I've left confident that I can grow healthy hooves on my own horses!
Christina Van Hardeveld, Sudbury Ontario
Kristi is extremely knowledgeable. I had never trimmed a horse before and taking a private course gave me the knowledge and confidence to trim my horses at home. Kristi is extremely patient and breaks everything down for you. It was amazing how fast everything pieced together by the end of the week. The online portion of the course helped prepare me for the course. I really enjoyed it and now still have the reference material to refer back to. If you can’t take the 6 day course it’s worth at least taking the online portion for your own knowledge. I would recommend this course to anyone and everyone who wants to learn more about the equine hoof.
Thanks so much!!!
Jenna Fralic, Nova Scotia
I went to Kristi’s trimming course to “test the waters” to see if a job in trimming/farrier was what I really want to do as a career. I am a high school student and I wanted to see if paying for farrier school would be waste or would be something I could actually succeed in. After the 6 day course I feel confident enough to trim my own horses. At the course I had to deal with all sorts of temperaments. There were horses that were half asleep and some that were young and didn’t have much patience. For me it was a big eye opener for how other horses would behave on a daily basis if I were to trim professionally. I am still determined to go to farrier school and very happy with the experience I had at OKSNHC. (Also the food is crazy good I definitely gained weight!)
Mikayla Peter, Chilliwack BC
I just finished the August 6 day trimming course and I loved it! Kristi is such an amazing instructor who is so passionate about horses and hoof care and is so educated on the topic. Her and her family were so welcoming into their home, and the meals were delicious! I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to trim their own horses, get started with their own services, or just wants to know more about trimming.
Courtney Heap, Victoria BC
I just finished the 6 day 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.
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 Veterinary 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 take 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 to 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!
Barbara Walker, San Francisco CA
Kristi is a great teacher and has set her class up for extensive amounts of learning. Love the amount 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!
Stephanie Robb, Grande Prairie AB
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 relevant scientific information. You will learn more and feel more confident that you can imagine. Highly recommend.
Laura Livingstone, Fruitvale BC
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!
Jessica Roberts, Kelowna BC
I just took this course in April and I'm so glad I did. It was an amazing week of learning. Exhausting mentally and physically, but I also had a lot of fun. The combination of class time and hands on with a variety of horses left me feeling confident using my tools, and in my ability to assess a hoof and know what it needs to look like when I'm done, and what to do to get it there. I am comfortable maintaining my own four horses at home (including one mini) whose feet have been well maintained, and I have ongoing support and help when I need it. This course is excellent for anyone wanting to know more about their horses feet. Even if you don't plan to trim, the knowledge gained is invaluable. As a horse owner, there is always more to know, and ways to improve how I care for my horses. I love knowing that I can be responsible for their feet, and I have resources available to me to keep me on track. All four are sound and barefoot over a variety of terrain, and I regularly get compliments on how great their feet look!
This course was an amazing experience. I love how organized everything was start to finish, and how we trimmed in different environments so we could get a reality check that not everything was going to be perfect. She showed and told us how to deal with each situation in a safe and effective way. When finishing the coarse we left with a solid understanding of how the hoof works internally so we can trim to mimic the hooves natural movements, and if we needed in the future, we could ask questions and send pictures to further our knowledge. Thank you Kristi for your hospitality and patience.
Melody Scott, Rock Creek BC
WOW!! I had the opportunity to take Kristi's six day hands on course and it was time well spent. All I had to bring was me - and a keen interest in learning, and learn I did. The course was set at a pace which built confidence; easy first steps and steady progression - recognizing what you are seeing and how to mitigate to get the results best suited for your horse.
Kristi’s wealth of knowledge and experience contributed significantly to her teaching style. She is about the horse and shares her passion for helping horses - and spread the knowledge so other people can help horses too. Starting off with the on-line course, moving to a Doppelhoof and finally onto horses of all shapes and sizes. I walked away with a much greater understanding of the hoof and inspired to continue learning.
Thank you Kristi.
Coralie Nairn, Vernon BC
I learned a lot at the hands on course and I can now comfortably trim my own horses . Definitely gives owners the tools to manage their own herd and a solid stepping stone if you're interested in trimming professionally. Take the plunge and just do it! totally worth it, Kristi is a great teacher!
Tyne Pickering, 100 Mile House BC
I can’t say enough good things about the 6 day hands on trimming course. You get to experience hands on trimming a variety of hooves. Truly helped me to be confident in trimming my own horses & properly understanding what I am doing. Kristi is a great teacher, very helpful & knowledgeable! Highly recommend this course!
Melody Mcivor, Merritt BC
I signed up for the October 2020 course as I was curious about barefoot trimming and because I wanted to learn more about hoof structure. I always rode shod horses before and never really thought about another option. So I was a total beginner when I arrived at the OKSNHC and felt absolutely out of my comfort zone. At the same time I was very curious and excited to learn new skills. Kristi is a very knowledgeable, sympathetic and patient instructor! Her passion shows in her teaching and is hard to resist... Every morning I was looking forward to the day ahead and the time was just too short. I feel much more confident now 'barefoot' and can't wait to be back next year!
Lilian Dilling, Edmonton AB
I just finished the 6 day course with Kristi!
She is an amazing instructor and is so passionate about horses! I learned so much in the 6 days and I am so inspired to continue my education outside of classes!
I look forward to taking the course again next year!
Caitlin Sharrat, Vancouver Island BC
The 6 day trimming course was amazing!I arrived with very little knowledge and didn’t even want to touch my horses with a rasp or nippers in fear I’d do something wrong, and left super excited and confident that I could start trimming my own horses and even friends horses immediately! Kristi and her family are amazing people and the food was absolutely fantastic. I’m a high school student and I took this course so I could trim my own horses and see if I wanted to get into barefoot trimming as a career, it was a fantastic way to experience what it would be like to be a trimmer and I’m confident that it’s something I will want to do one day. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn more about the hoof and trim their own horses! All round it was definitely a 5 star week! A big thank you to Kristi and her family for being so great!!
Caitlyn Eliason, Enderby BC
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!
Sally Carter, Savona BC
The 6 day hoof trimming course was excellent. I learned so much and felt very comfortable about going at my own pace. It was such a great experience to get hands on learning. Kristi is incredibly knowledgeable and I would highly recommend this class to anyone who loves horses and cares about their well being! Her sincere passion for these amazing hoofed animals is obvious and shows in her attention to details. I am truly grateful for all the knowledge she imparted.
Nancy Rothery, Princeton BC
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!
Sharon Snelling, Oliver BC
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.
Brett Qually, Hanceville BC
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 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.
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.
Corine Smith, Vancouver Island BC
I usually live in Germany and it was one of my dreams to take a course from a school that works with the Wild Horse Hoofs model. So my dream came true when I took the 6 day certification course in June. I wish every horse owner would at least be open to learn all these amazing things about a healthy hoof which makes a healthy and happy moving horse. The course is very informative and I gained a lot of knowledge. I love Kristi's way of teaching as she does not say her way is the only way to go. Unfortunately in the horse world too many people think their way is the best and only way you should follow. So I was every happy to learn from Kristi and get constructive feedback. Everything around the course was awesome as well. I camped in their yard, the food was great and Kristi took very good care of us. We were very lucky as we got to go for a ride on her horses as well! So I can only recommend her courses and hope more people learn about Natural Hoof Care, the money was totally worth it and I hope to be able to come back one day as well. Thank you for this great experience!
Jo Landi, Germany
Wonderful hands on course, full of information taught by a fantastic teacher. Kristi is excellent at sharing her extensive knowledge of hoof mechanics, in an exuberant and light hearted manner. I highly recommend this experience to anyone interested in the well being of their horses (or other people's horses).
Emerald Papps, Vancouver Island BC
I went to OKSNHC in April of 2015. I was lucky enough to be the only student at that course and I gave Kristi a run for her money with the amount of questions I had. She handled me and my inquisitions beautifully and with just a week of her mentor-ship I went from trimming occasionally to an extremely successful full time career in natural trimming coming up on 4 years. A couple months after her course I was trimming full time on word of mouth alone. I’ve been full time ever since and have gone back to her course and mentor-ship a couple of times and she’s always been great about keeping in touch with me with any more questions I have. Really great school, really great mentor and friend. Highly recommend!
Kendra Drebit, Lac La Hache BC
Just finished this course and thoroughly enjoyed it! The hospitality was through the roof and Kristi is an amazing teacher! I'm always skeptical of crash courses but if anyone can teach good trimming in this amount of time, it's her. I feel totally confident using this course alongside my equine therapy business and I have the how's and whys for my own horse. Thank you so much, Kristi!
Alexandra Holloway-Grohne, Abbotsford BC
I took the natural hoof trimming course through OKSNHC back in July of 2015. I had a bit of a background with hoof care already, and I am an educated horse person-I have a diploma in Equine Sciences through Olds College, but I wanted to get a handle on the more natural side of trimming. The reason I originally took the course was specifically for my own horses benefit as I didn't believe I would ever be confident enough to trim for clients. Kristi was such a phenomenal teacher.... She was so patient with me, encouraged me to think for myself and work through to find the right answer rather than just showing me and moving on. I couldn't believe how much I learned in my week, and all of it seemed to stick even after I arrived home. Once I got home I got right to work on my own horses, and the difference in them now is just amazing. My main riding horse that used to be tender on gravel is now confident cantering down our gravel lane way. I have become confident enough at this point to start taking a couple clients in my area and they all have seemed pleased with the work, as well as my veterinarian who is starting to pass my name out to people in the area looking. Through it all I have still been able to email Kristi pictures and questions and have her support afterwards. I don't think I'll ever be able to thank her enough for all she has taught me and for guiding me on this new journey!
Melissa Beattie, Vancouver Island BC
I took the course in April, and it was a great experience! Kristi is an amazing teacher, trimmer and is very knowledgeable about horses. The hoof anatomy was really interesting and really gets you thinking about how amazing horses really are and how every part of the hoof has a purpose. I enjoyed trimming a verity of horses and would recommend this course to anyone interested in natural barefoot trimming.
Matt Warkentin, Abbotsford BC