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This is how we do it!

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Kristin with her Trim

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Live Trim

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October 2013 Seminar

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Sample Inforamtion Books/Tools/Videos and more!

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Hoof Crack

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Hoof Crack Repair

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Seedy Toe!!




PLEASE NOTE: Folks wanting Lane's Trimming Services,

Please be prepared to bring your horses to him!

Lane offers TWO INTENSIVE Days of Learning about Hoof - Horse care. These 2 days can be a weekend OR if a small group (maximum of six) want to get together ANYTIME - Lane is more than open to that as well. Because of cadaver hooves and large special stands to trims these - it is very difficult to 'travel' to teach these courses - Lane is set up on his ranch with a warm, comfortable classroom/paddocks/video equipment, spare bedroom, kitchenette etc. etc. so PLEASE book your group at the Ranch!

The Hoof Clinics are conducted at his home near Caroline (on the same quarter as the formerly owned LAZY M RANCH). The NEW LAZY M LODGE owners are more than happy to feed and accommodate Hoof Care Students (if they have availability) - for more information, check out their site at: www.lazymcanada.com Their e mail address is: lazymlodge@xplornet.ca Their Toll Free # is: 1 866 382 LAZY (5299)

The use of cadaver hooves is part of Lane's program (see below) As Lane and fellow Trimmers say - They would NOT want a Doctor to operate on them if the Doctor had never done any Cadaver work! These hooves are GREAT TEACHERS as each and every hoof is DIFFERENT. The Cadaver hooves HELP GREATLY and give folks the confidence they need to tackle LIVE horses. Of course live horses are used as well in

Level TWO & Level THREE ONLY.

NOTE: A Level Two Card does not necessarily mean that one can go our and start charging clients for trims......2 DAYS of Learning does NOT a Professional Trimmer Make!!

Accommodation for horses - there are a number of paddocks here both permanent and panels (you can bring hay or we can supply - no charge). The course is held in a modern heated facility so YEAR ROUND COURSES are hosted.

The Course Dates are posted here as well as on: www.northernhorse.com - Clinics Section

LEVEL 1 & 2 Combined

2016 FALL Course:  November 5th & 6th



Level One and Level Two are Combined


Course includes trimming handouts as well as Lunch BOTH days.

There needs to be a minimum of SIX registered to hold a course (so bring a friend!)

If you require MORE information or need questions answered Please contact Lane or Margie at:  1 587 798 0747

OR Ask some Local Trimmers: www.centralalbertabarefoot.com

Day One - Begins at 9:00 a.m

Afternoon is spent learning the use of tools and trimming Cadaver hooves. LOTS of time for QUESTIONS ALL DAY.

Cadaver Hoof Trimming is completed in the morning followed by a LIVE TRIM demo and LUNCH

NOTE: Live Trims are for the Level TWO & THREE Courses ONLY - Cadaver hooves only for LEVEL ONE


DIRECTIONS - USE Directions to the Lazy M Lodge given on their website at:  www.lazymcanada.com


When you come down the LAZY M long driveway - instead of going RIGHT down into the Lazy M yard

Turn LEFT and VEER up to the red shelter- park in the field for those with horses and for those driving, head down into the yard!



Fall 2016 Course:    November 5th & 6th  Courses run only when there are enough people - 6 is the 'magic number'. If you wish to register - PLEASE mail a $50.00 cheque to: Lane Moore Box 427 Caroline, Ab. TOM OMO THANKS!!


"In my experience the meaning of barefoot does not mean modern day horses going without hoof protection it simply means they are going without shoes." Lane Moore

Shoeing began during medieval times, when stabling became more prevalent as many horses spent long periods confined during the castle sieges. This confinement created a lack of movement, and allowed exposure to manure and urine which caused these hooves to rapidly deteriorate. Protective shoeing for these compromised hooves gradually became the norm for ALL hooves. Since shoeing began, it has been taught and written that shoes must be removed often in order to return the hoof to normal, healthy conditions.
Here is just one example: In 1897 Captain Peter Spohr wrote in his Leg and Hoof Problems of Horses : On the whole, going barefoot constitutes the quintessence of every correct hoof and leg conservation and will later be considered as an essential link in the healing of almost all hoof problems .
Many barefoot horse enthusiasts believe a horse should go everywhere shoeless. We know this is possible when we observe both the domestic and the wild horses of Mongolia, Russia, Mexico, South America etc. Today there are many very successful totally barefoot horse owners. These are folks who really USE their animals check out some central Alberta Endurance and Dressage riders or ask some local Red Deer Three Day Eventers.
Except for those horses previously mentioned or in comparison to their working ancestors, most horses today get very light use. We all know, come spring and summer, how often are horses brought in from their pastures, shod, taken out for a weekend or two of riding excursions, then turned back out to pasture with their shoes left on - for far too long! It would seem a healthy alternative to have hoof protection available for use only in times of work or rehabilitation ; when horses are young and developing or when hooves are compromised for any reason. In the past twenty years, horse enthusiasts and manufacturers believed in this theory - thus began the competition to develop good alternative hoof protection in the way of boots . Today there is a plethora of products to try for those who are casual riders or those who wish to go shoeless. Going Barefoot or shoeless is a commitment which appears to be for those willing to take the time for self education and of course proper fitting and usage.
Just as many of us take care of our bodies we assume we are healthy because we try to live, eat, sleep and exercise properly; suddenly a health issue arises boy, then do we try and educate ourselves totally about what is going on! This is a bit like many horse people. Most of us are pretty knowledgeable on grooming, housing, tack, diet, supplements, medications, exercise and so on but then we simply turn over hoof care and maintenance to someone else in fact many of us have very little knowledge at all of the anatomy and the mechanics of one of the most important parts of our horses their feet! We panic when hoof issues arise. In actuality, it doesn t matter if we gain hands on training in hoof trimming and maintenance. It is however, important to gain knowledge and understanding of the hoof and how it works. Any passionate horse enthusiast will agree learning about all things equine is a life long pursuit! The more we learn the more intelligent our questions and understanding will be when we discuss complete horse health with our veterinarian, farrier or hoof care practitioner.
We believe, no matter WHEN or WHAT kind of hoof protection we use it is important to remember the wisdom and recommendations passed on by horse-hoof experts since the middle ages - whenever possible, barefoot horses out on pasture should have exposure to companions, an adequate diet and lots of movement, preferably over varied terrain. This along with regular maintenance will certainly develop and promote healthy, happy hooves!
There are many web sites, books, DVD s, videos, etc. out there on Going Barefoot . The following are just a few names that we can recommend:


  • Pete Ramey
  • Dr. James Rooney
  • Jamie Jackson
  • Dr. Robert Bowker
  • Dr. Hiltrud Strasser
  • Dr. Pollitt
  • ELPO - Equine Lameness prevention Organization
  • Keystone Hoof Bridge*
NOTE: For successful Trimming/Rehab a SPECIALIZED EDUCATION is recommended.
Without this, errors can creep in, which can lead to SERIOUS CHANGES in the Hoof AND
(ONE Two day weekend course can NOT produce a qualified trimmer!)
CONGRATULATIONS to Melodie Schwieger - First Level 3 Certified Trimmer!!!
Trimmers Willing to Trim for Clients :
Jane Depner - Rocky Mountain House area
Kim Price - Erskine Area
Ernie LaForge - Donalda area
Stacy Dekoter - Acme Area

2016 Fall Course Date:     November 5th & 6th


Lunch at Hoof Seminar
Lunch at Hoof Seminar

*The mapping has been an incredible tool in aiding the horses I trim. It has been 2 years now since I started using it and I have over 150 head of horses as my testing ground. I am continually amazed at how well it works and how the horses feet go from imbalance to balance and then maintenance . The hoof tells me when I have it right because when I come back and the distortions have disappeared then I know I have got it. If there are still distortions then I know I haven t got something just right. Usually it has been the toes and break over and under run heels. But now I have got that figured out. Live sole has become less of a mystery. It really is my guide. If there is sole being put in an area I have to ask myself why? Oh! This is soooo exciting. Thank you Lane for taking the course through ELPO and teaching me. There are a lot of happier horses as a result.

Melodie - Rimbey, AB.

*Just wanted to update you since I attended the 2 day course in February!

My gelding has had one trim and coming up on his second one. WHAT A DIFFERENCE one proper trim can make.

When I went home that weekend after the course, I went to trim my horses feet. I was so mad when I picked up his foot and had my first 'real' look at his hoof. His bars were so overgrown one was bending into a 'U' shape and the other one was folded over into a flap! How could my farrier think it was okay to leave them like this!!! His toe was way overgrown and never properly trimmed back, which also means his frog was stretched forward. He had been trimmed by my farrier 4 weeks before that and he already had a flare in his hoof. Also his heels were a 3 and 4! I guess why I was so mad is that he was on a trimming schedule every 8 weeks with my farrier, and this is how he would leave him. Also I was mad at myself for thinking that this is what his feet should look like.

After taking care of all these issues as best as I could on his first trim, he is a totally different horse. He went from being hard to catch, to being the first one at the gate. His gaits are so smooth, it feels like I'm riding a different horse. He hasn't taken one lame or sore step on the gravel or hard surfaces. He no longer fights having his feet picked up. He actually anticipates me picking up each foot when I clean them, and has them picked up before I even have to ask for each one. His change in attitude is amazing. He went from being my ornery old man at the ripe ol age of 11, to a happy and friendly horse!

Thank you lane so much for having these classes, if my horse could thank you, he would!

Casey N - Saskachewan

*Hi there this is Anthony/Hank. Just wanted to let you guys know that I really enjoyed my weekend. My wife Jayna said our horses feet have never looked so good. I have helped Tammy with her one horse that was quite lame. She brought him over, we pulled off his bar shoes and after a mapping, we trimmed him. It was so surreal to watch him immediately adjust his posture after making the few changes to feet. She said he has not moved that good in a long time just days after the trim. Hoping to get to the mane event. Was wonder if you guys are going to be there and if so when. Would love to have a visit.

Anthony - Stettler, AB.

*I just wanted to touch base and let you know that the trimming is going really well. My geldings' feet have never looked better! I am continually happy with everything I learned from you and have been raving about your course to every horse person (or otherwise) I come across. I am hopeful that some of those people find themselves in one of your courses.

I had a chance to get together with the friend of mine who took a trimming course the same time I was taking your course in March. It was very interesting to compare notes. Although it seems like she learned some concepts parallel to what you teach, she felt that she came away with far more questions than answers. I think they teach a very basic trim. She did say that she didn't feel that it was a very good "learning experience". They learned some anatomy on the Friday night, but she said it was taught so fast that she didn't retain much of anything. Then on Saturday morning they were told to gather some feet out of the bucket of formaldehyde (without gloves!) Their instructor recommended not wearing gloves, because he felt they just get in the way. They then had to bag their own feet and then strap them up to the stalls with chains and work on them as if they were holding a live foot. My friend said she was so exhausted by the afternoon that she had a hard time learning from there. She also found a pair of gloves to wear because she just couldn't handle it anymore! But she said she was the only one in the class to do so!

She asked me to come and help her trim her geldings, because she didn't feel confident enough to try it alone. She felt pretty happy with her course, until I started explaining yours. They didn't even learn what the central sulcus was. They also didn't do any work from the top of the hoof. There was no hoof mapping, and she had a hard time recalling a lot of the things that they did learn. (Too much trying to be tough the whole time) She said it felt like more of a "Ferrier Appreciation Course" than a learn to trim on your own course. The instructor put a lot of emphasis on how hard it was on your body to trim hooves. They were also not given any information on what type equipment is the best to use (which, by the way I have a new set of 12" nippers which are fantastic!!) and she fell in love with my hoof stand, which she had never seen before.

Anyway, the moral of the story - It sounds like some courses gives some pretty basic information on hoof trimming, but it doesn't seem to leave its students feeling overly confident about trimming live hooves.

I am pretty confident that my friend will be signing up for one of your courses in the near future".

Beth K - Bowden, AB.

*Thank you so much for putting on such an amazing course! I just loved every bit of it. I feel so empowered to now be able to pick up a hoof and have an idea of what is going on with it. It was such a great opportunity and I'm so glad Marilyn took it with me. We will be able to help each other along with our trims. It is good to know Lane is open to fielding questions as I'm sure some will come up. What a fun, information packed course it was. Bravo to you both!
Thank you Margie for your delicious meals and opening up your home to us. You have a lovely place with such a welcoming feeling. It was wonderful to have Jane there helping us out too! It was really an excellent weekend all the way around.
Margie I would love to have your recipe for the chocolate cherry cake you served if you share recipes? I love to cook and always love to try a recipe that I know is a winner, which that definitely was.
Hope to see you at Tees

Kathy N. - Elnora, AB

*Lane Moore is a teacher who shares his knowledge freely. Unlike many other clinicians, he isn t worried about giving away his secrets. He genuinely wants to help people learn so that they can help their horses. He teaches in a straightforward way that anyone can understand, and if he doesn t know the answer to a question, he doesn t pretend to know. He ll find the answer, and get right back to you. As a returning student, I know that Lane s methods can t be learned in a single weekend. You have to take his teachings home and apply them. After some practice, you need to come back with questions to ensure that you re still on the right track. It s pretty easy to drift, and get into some bad habits. If you re really serious, Lane will help you go through his certification program. You may even want to take what you learn from him, and get yourself certified through the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization. Whatever your goals are, he s there to help you reach them.

Terry D. - Millet, Alberta

*As the new information has started to sink in, I am very excited about how much it will help me improve. Being able to "try" things on the hooves then discuss them helped answer many questions I've had. I definitely want to continue learning and working through the levels. On Tuesday night a lady asked me to look at her horse's hooves, and I was able to discuss them with her with confidence that I didn't have before. I trimmed Barb's club footed pony and was able to take almost 3/4 inch off her heels and remove the flare as a result of the mapping and understanding things better. We will continue to trim her every 2 weeks to get things under control, but already she looks immensely better. Thank you!!! The new protocol helps me immensely, the methodology makes sense to me and helps me to consistently consider things on each foot. It appeals to the way I learn and approach tasks, and I can see the immense value in having a standard that everyone can refer to when communicating. I'm slow using it now but know that will improve with practice, and it gives me a lot more confidence in what I'm doing and why. Thank you so much again! "

DEBRA - Didsbury, Alberta


* I have been interested in the mechanics of horses feet for a long time. When I heard of Central Alberta Barefoot I phoned and talked to Margie. I asked if they would accept 'Old Guys' there - Margie said OF COURSE! I went for the first time and was HOOKED!! I have been going back every year, this November was the fourth time! The theory presentation that Lane gives provides us with the structural make up of the horses lower leg and foot - truly a miracle of creation the way the bones, ligaments and tendons are aligned to make for smooth flowing movement in healthy well trimmed hooves. Our horses feet have never looked better since I have been trimming them using the techniques that Lane teaches - the HOOF EVALUATION and HOOF MAPPING are indispensable!

See Ernie's Photo and e mail - He will happily accept New Clients!


HOOF COURSE for FALL 2016     November 5th & 6th


2016 COURSE DATE FOR FALL    November 5th & 6th    

We require 6 people for the courses to run!

To reserve a spot please mail a $50.00 cheque to Lane Moore Box 427 Caroline, AB T0M 0M0


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