The Whole Horse Center for Equine Care and Education is proud to offer the following client educational opportunities:


Janek has a European degree in Osteopathy, and has developed a technique for applying osteopathy to the equine. He teaches spinal, cranial-sacral, and visceral techniques. A working knowledge of the autonomic nervous system allows the practitioner to find and correct visceral problems that are affecting the horses spine and causing back pain. Dr. Groves is a graduate of The Vluggen Institute of Equine Osteopathy and is available to do Equine Osteopathy by appointment.

Janek Vluggen is available periodically during the year to work on horses at the clinic with Dr. Groves. You can call to find out what dates he is here, and schedule an appointment. Janek Vluggen is teaching at Central Texas Equine Veterinary Services from The Whole Horse.

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What reactions in the foot tell you the trim is good, and what are the warnings that you have missed some aspect that needs to be addressed? Classes are available at This clinic will teach you the anatomy of the equine leg and foot, how they function, and what may be contributing to problems in the feet. The rationale and mechanics of a natural trim will be discussed in detail and demonstrated on cadaver hooves. Participants will be able to trim and dissect hooves themselves in the wet lab. Here is the entire flyer:

Equine Lower Leg Anatomy, Hoof Function, Mechanism and an Introduction to a Natural Barefoot Trim

This two-day clinic is designed for individuals interested in natural hoof trimming. The wild horse model for barefoot trimming works for our domestic horses just as well as it does for the wild horses. Barefoot trimmers see the results day after day. But why does it work? What is it about the bones and tissues in the foot and lower leg that react to things like poor saddle fit, or injury, or a good trim? What can your trimming influence, and what should it influence, in the horse’s health and way of going? Why does a good natural trim influence a horse’s conformation? How is the foot capable of improving, and what parts of it can’t? What reactions in the foot tell you the trim is good, and what are warnings that you have missed some aspect that needs to be addressed? Why are some horses’ trims self-maintaining, and why will others need to be trimmed regularly for their entire lives?

In this clinic you will become familiar with the bones, tissues, ligaments and tendons that make up the complicated engineering of the equine foot. You will begin to be able to visualize the locations and relationships of these in an intact foot. And, you will be able to begin to see how the forces in the horse’s environment and in its own movement help to create the foot that is presented to you on any given trimming day as well as begin to visualize how barefoot trimming will influence the hoof you see in 4-6 weeks at the next trim.

Participants learn about the bones and other structures of the hoof and lower leg—how they function, what may be contributing to pathological conditions like navicular syndrome, laminitis and founder. They learn how a proper natural trim is a preventative against such problems, and how it promotes optimal blood flow and facilitates recovery from such disorders. The rationale and mechanics of a natural trim are discussed in detail and demonstrated on cadaver hooves, which the participants will trim and then dissect themselves.


Terry Fox of Buck Mountain Botanicals has produced some incredible equine herbs, and his product called Neoplasene, that is revolutionizing cancer treatment. Terry presented a paper about his product Neoplasene at the American Veterinary Medical Association meeting in Atlanta the end of July 2010. We have used this product with great success. This product can be used on both small and large animals. For more information see: