Through your video, we will assess your qualifications and knowledge. To best represent your work, you should showcase your trimming techniques, evaluation process, trimming and horse handling skills, knowledge of equine lower limb anatomy, and general knowledge of equine health and wellness concepts such as diet and nutrition, saddle fit, and environment and movement.
Either maintenance or setup trims are acceptable.
We are looking for people who can communicate the depth of their understanding to a wide variety of audiences, including vets, trainers, other equine professionals, and the horse owners for whom we work. Consider speaking directly to the camera as if it were a student or another professional. Give us a high-quality explanation of the decisions you are making. If it helps your organization, someone behind the camera may ask questions to which you respond.
At a minimum, your video must include the following. Your video will be rejected if you fail to include any of these three items:
- An entire horse being trimmed
- A running dialog explaining, what you are doing and why, with your treatment plan and expectations for this horse
- A short clip of the horse moving in a circle both ways and on a straight line. This will be at the walk and trot, both before and after trim, unless the horse has severe pathology. Please don’t ask a laminitic horse to walk/trot in a circle.
We are looking for evidence of your quality work at the hoof. Your video itself can be of average or amateur quality as long as we can clearly see your work and hear your discussion. Videos will not be for public viewing and are kept in confidence within the American Hoof Association Evaluation Committee. Please send us a copy, not your original. The copy you submit must be on a DVD or flash drive. We cannot return videos.
Apprentice Application Registration
If you would prefer to work with a mentor for evaluation, please contact the evaluation chair at the link at the bottom of this page.
Mail your video to the following address:
American Hoof Association
Attn: Evaluation Committee
PO Box 232
Lakemont, GA 30522
If you are having technical difficulties with the Online Application, please email Tech-Help
If you have Content questions or assistance in your application please email Evaluators