Collaborative Learning is a situation in which two or more people learn or attempt to learn something together

Join me as I explore Equine Hoof Care & the Wellness aspects that influence it.

Want To Learn More About Webinars?

Would you like to attend a Webinar Training Session to see how webinars work and make sure that both you and your computer are ready to participate? Drop me a line, let me know what you're interested in and I'll get you on our training schedule!

Thanks Sally!

All Webinars are sponsored by Sally Hugg of California Trace.

Upcoming Web Based Seminars - A Work In Progress....

My Goal

I'm in the process of developing online collaborative learning workshops and seminars... this is a passion of mine because I've learned so much from on-line chat groups and educational forums. I want to take collaborative learning to the next level.

I've been online for many years, starting with "news groups" , Bulletin Boards & email groups in the 80's to my high tech Marketing career in the 90's when I first worked with Webinar formats..

I've learned a lot from one-line resources, but I also learned that I need to be careful because there is a lot of misinformation online, and some of the available "tribal knowledge" may be appropriate for a specific situation, region or environment, but not necessarily for another.

My goal is to enable people with a passion for education to meet with other learners and educators, and to make the education process effective, easy and affordable.

I want to enable horse owners, hoof care providers, equine service providers and veterinarians to work together to study common problems, then explore the various options, results and consequences.

In an age where we have more unanswered questions than there are research dollars for funding question resolution, I feel we need to sift through traditional practices, antidotal information and research papers in order to find practical ways of helping horses who are in trouble, and ways of keeping who are horses on the brink, out of trouble.

Target Audience 

The target audience for most of these web seminars and workshops will be the general public, but specific workshops may be most appropriate for an advanced audience, so some sessions participation may require prerequisites or a strong sales pitch. Auditing is open to anyone. (top)

Who Are The Educators?

Target educators are horse-care practitioners with a body of knowledge or experience and a desire to share it. Demand will drive most of the selection, but Sally Hugg & I will ultimately be making the decisions about who to offer web resources to. (top)

Participating vs Auditing

Session Participants will be able to interact with the Clinician and other presenters verbally, and some clinicians will request participant materials (x-rays, videos, hay tests and photographs) ahead of time so that they can be embedded into the session materials. I am considering creating a BB type forum or Yahoo groups so that attendees have an online community where they can discuss materials and results on an ongoing basis.

Session Auditors will be able to listen to the proceedings but can not interact. (top)

Computer Requirements to Participate & Audit

Participants need a computer with a high speed internet connection and a computer headset with a microphone.

Auditors need a computer with a high speed internet connection. Auditors can use their computer speakers to listen to the Webinar. (top)

We have quite a few international attendees; if we schedule Webinars in the early evening here at 5PM PST it is 2am In Johannesburg (South Africa) . If you need to check times, here is a handy time zone tool:

If there is a group of people from Europe and Africa who would like to schedule a Webinar, we can set one up to broadcast here in the morning (around 8:30 am) and it will be early evening in Europe.

Your Role

Please let me know what you're interested in learning. Workshops will be 1 to 4 hours of presentation and discussion. Some workshops will include a follow-up session, and many workshops will use embedded Participant materials (e.g. x-rays, videos, hay tests and photographs) and will be tailored to Participant interests.

What are you most interested in? Who are your favorite educators? Are you an educator who is interested in working with me to make your services available? Share your thoughts and ideas.    (top)


Prices for Participation will be between $15 and $30 per class hour, dependent on course and course length. Prices for Auditing will be approximately 30% to 50% of the Participation cost. (top)

List Of Upcoming Clinics, Web Seminars & Workshops


Dr. Deb Taylor

  • Reading Laminitis Radiographs & Open Discussion Workshop
  • Reading Navicular Radiographs & Open Discussion Workshop
  • Laminitis Success Stories & Making Them Happen
  • Diagnostic Potential of Venogram's
  • Venogram How-To & Open Discussion Workshop
  • When To Say Goodbye? Workshop / discussion on making hard decisions 

Dr. Kerry Ridgway DVM

  • Understanding Ulcers & Treatment
  • Laterality - The Consequences of Equine Body Imbalance
  • Club Foot basics; high-heel pathology  & how it impacts performance & movement
  • Saddle Fitting workshop; you've read the books, watched DVD's & still need answers.
  • Movement assessment workshop

Dr. Robert Bowker  

  • Basics of hoof wall generation
  • Back To Bar Basics
  • Peripheral Loading & Using Sole Support

Dr. Cindy Nielsen VMD 

  • PHCP Radiology For Trimmers Clinic (open to non-PHCP members)
  • Abscesses
  • Reading X-Rays for Trimmers
  • Using Epona's In Your Hoof Care Practice (1 - 2 hr)
Diana Thompson
  • Introduction to Acupressure & TCM
  • Introduction to Flower Essences

Sally Hugg,

  • Between The Twines - Basic Nutrition Clinic (3 hrs)
  • Forage Balancing Discussion Workshop (2 hr)
  • Getting Ready to Hoof Cast? Before & After Support Group (1 - 2 hr)
  • Equine Distal Limb Anatomy Basics
  • No Bones About It - looking at artifacts

Linda Cowles

  • Trim Assessment Workshop - Regular Session Discussing Trims & Trim Theory
  • Understanding High-Heel/Low-Heel (Club Foot) Imbalance & Management
  • Laterality & club foot rehab & bodywork basics
  • Trim for Balance - Medial/laterally imbalanced feet
  • Trim for Balance - Long Toes
  • Trim for Balance - Reverse Palmer Angle Feet & Causes
  • Online Booting Series, Choose the right hoof boots, Trim for hoof boot use & Adapt hoof boots for hard-to-fit feet.
  • Hoof Protection Workshop - discuss booting & hoof protection problems & solutions
  • Discussing Frogs & Thrush
  • Bar Talk Open Discussion

Sally Hugg & Linda Cowles

  • Online Trimming; Basics for Owners -  Clinic Series
  • Basic Anatomy and reading The Hoof


Past Webinars

Katy Watts - Saturday, June 4 2011 -- May Re-Broadcast (need to figure out how...)

Live presentation 60 minute presentation with 15 to 30 minutes Q&A

Early spring season is challenging for any vet, farrier or trimmer because this is when horses have close-encounters with laminitis and founder.

Kathryn Watts, BS Crop & Soil Science, Michigan State University, has over 30 years experience in agricultural contract research and consulting, operating her own company, Rocky Mountain Research and Consulting, Inc. in Center, Colorado.  Originally a specialist in Integrated Pest Management and pesticide residue and efficacy studies, the focus of her study and research changed to the sugar content of grass and hay after her two mixed breed ponies developed chronic laminitis and were diagnosed with Equine Metabolic Syndrome.  

She now has 24 kinds of grass in her backyard to quantify and characterize carbohydrates in grass, and has consulted and co-authored with several university researchers investigating equine diseases associated with carbohydrate intolerance.  Her website  is recommended by university experts on Equine Metabolic Syndrome and has helped many people understand how to successfully manage horses and ponies prone to laminitis.  Dr. Chris Pollitt, of the Laminitis Research Unit of University of Queensland invited her to write a booklet on ‘Pasture Management Practices to Minimize Risk of Laminitis, published in early 2010.   She is currently working on a chapter for Pete Ramey’s new book. 

This Webinar specifically addresses the situation we find ourselves in during the late winter and early spring; the grass is green, the horses are eager to get out on it, and, as owners, we have tough choices to make. Join us while Katy helps us understand our options.