About Our Training Program
About Our Training program
The Natural Trim Training Program is a comprehensive, academic, hands-on, and career-oriented introductory course to natural hoof care (NHC). The natural trim is taught within the context of the Four Pillars of natural horse care (NHC). These pillars are the foundations of natural care based on the wild horse model. They include natural boarding, natural horsemanship, a reasonably natural diet, and the natural trim.
Many ask, what exactly is a "natural trim? And why do this for horses?"
The natural trim is a proven humane, barefoot trimming method that mimics the natural wear patterns of wild, free-roaming horses (aka, the “mustang”) of the U.S. Great Basin. The natural trim “triggers” natural growth patterns just like we see in the healthy, sound hooves of wild horses.
Why do we do this? Because the wild horse model not only makes for healthy hooves, it is what nature intends for all horses, regardless of their breed, age, sex, and equestrian discipline.
(Above) Two examples of what sound, healthy, naturally shaped hooves look like. These are hooves that have been trimmed to ISNHCP guidelines by Jaime Jackson for over six years.
The ISNHCP training program is the industry leader in providing the most natural training possible for domesticated horses. For students who want to do the right thing for the horse, this training program is tailor made for you.
Significantly, students go through the training program at their own pace according to their ability and preparedness to advance from one training step to the next.
You might be wondering, how did this all start?
(Above) Jaime Jackson's base camp, U.S. Great Basin (c. 1984). "There's a lot going on in this picture," relates Jackson, "By now, my hoof studies at the BLM's wild horse intake corrals were over, and my undivided attention lie with the horses themselves in their rugged range lands. One of many 'camps' I set up. I once worked out of a primitive set-up like this for over a month. Although a very private person by nature, I'm also very social, and it was hard being alone without human company for long stretches at a time. But following and learning from the horses was both rewarding and necessary if their story was to be told from the NHC perspective. I can't recall what all I had on the makeshift table in the photo, but my old typewriter was somewhere on it -- computers and the digital age we're all addicted to today hadn't arrived yet! From my typewritten notes plucked away in the wild, came my first book, The Natural Horse: Lessons from the Wild."
(Above) Rare photo taken by Jackson during his 1980s hoof studies at the BLM's Litchfield, California wild horse intake corrals. Jackson notes, "The BLM wranglers were professional 'gentlemen' cowboys -- the last of a bygone era -- hired by the U.S. government. They are riding wild horses that they gentled and trained themselves. Excellent 'ropers,' at the end of their ropes I entrusted my very life with their expertise as I took the critical measurements at each hoof which we use today as NHC practitioners. I interviewed the front wrangler in the photo one night at a diner in nearby Litchfield to hear his life's story, and where he went each night after work, waiting patiently for one of the waitresses to come off duty -- his wife!
The official ISNHCP trimming guidelines are based on the wild horse research conducted by Jaime Jackson during the 1980s in the U.S. Great Basin. When diligently applied, these guidelines will serve to facilitate beautiful, healthy, and naturally shaped hooves -- as nature intended for all horses! 2017 marks the 35th year since Jackson entered wild horse country, and today his methods are taught by skilled ISNHCP clinicians and field instructors trained by Jaime Jackson personally and sanctioned by the ISNHCP.
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