Clinics & Lectures

Monique Craig started the Epona Institute in 2008 after developing Metron Hoof Software in 1999 and EponaShoe in 2004.

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Clinics taught at the Epona Institute are taught by Monique Craig unless otherwise specified. Participants may become eligible for company endorsement by completing at least 2 or more clinics to become a Certified Practitioner. All company endorsements are subject to prior approval. Our next ranch clinic is on May 27th - May 28th, click here to register online today!

Founder of EponaShoe, Monique Craig

Directly awarded company endorsement, as an instructor for the USA EponaShoe clinics:
Gene Lelm, Larry Carrow, Mary Bramley

Completed at least 2 EponaShoe Clinics
(and has been offered our completion certificate by EponaShoe)

Completed at least 1 EponaShoe Clinic

Farriers who purchase our products

The Enlightened Horseman

We have talented and experienced instructors who have devoted a considerable amount of time interning under Monique and they assist in giving one-on-one instruction and attention at clinics. All participants in clinics strive to understand the hoof as a true "enlightened horseman".

Our guiding principle for trimming lies in maintaining the hoof to its optimal functional health as intended by evolutional design. Hoof capsules have specific mechanical properties and these play an integral part in shock absorption of the limbs.  Most barefoot methods are more or less fulfilling these criteria. The hoof should be able to flex according to its design. Hooves are not symmetric, neither are bones -- we take this into consideration as well. At the Epona Institute we attempt to use landmarks related to the bones when trimming, as they are often more reliable than landmarks on the hoof or sole. 

We utilize these landmarks from the bony column to help orient the trim.  By getting away from “trimming to deformities” that may exist in the hoof and trimming things in a three-dimensional, bone-referenced way. Focusing on the biomechanics of the lower leg, and on soft tissue rehabilitation, working with the best available materials for the health of the horse’s hoof - is what we are about at the Epona Institute and how we approach learning every day here at the ranch.


March 18 - 26, 2017 - Equitana, Equestrian Sports World Fair; Germany

April 8, 2017 - Centaur Forge Annual Spring Clinic; Burlington, WI

May 27 - 28, 2017 - EponaShoe Clinic; Paso Robles, CA


February 1, 2017 - "The Hoof", Asbury University; Wilmore, Kentucky

January 30, 2017 - "The EponaShoe and Case Studies", Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky; Lexington, KY

January 24 - 27, 2017 - International Hoof-Care Summit; Cincinnati, OH