Certified Professional Hoof Care



Through education, peer-review, and support, we strive to unify equine professionals and promote awareness of the healthy lifestyle paradigm as the basis for improved hoof quality among horses.

The American Hoof Association is an organization of peer-reviewed hoof care professionals offering progressive, preventative and rehabilitative services, education and information.

As a service to horse owners, the American Hoof Association provides a list of peer-reviewed professional trimmers under the section, Trimmer Finder. Each of these trimmers has passed the AHA’s rigorous review process. Applicants are evaluated on their understanding and practice of the AHA’s ‘healthy lifestyle’ paradigm, that is, a healthy hoof results from a healthy horse.

Certified Trimmers possess the qualifications necessary to adequately address preventative and rehabilitative needs of domestic equines.  Certified Trimmers are available as clinicians; these experienced trimmers find education to be as important in their practice as is their work at the hoof.

Apprentice Trimmers are skilled trimmers who are competent to perform an appropriate trim on a variety of healthy and pathological hooves. Apprentice trimmers have the potential, but lack the experience needed to qualify as a Certified Trimmer.  They are encouraged to continue their education with the goal of becoming Certified Trimmers.

Professional trimmers who desire membership in the American Hoof Association are encouraged to apply.  The application process for both Certified Trimmers and Apprentice Trimmers is more completely described under Membership.

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Episode 22 of the podcast is now live, and it's very timely given the time of year!

In late July/early August we enter the seasonal rise of the hormone ACTH in all horses, which is normal- it tells their body to adjust their coat etc as the seasons change. In horses with PPID (Cushing's), ACTH isn't regulated properly and it can cause all kinds of issues. Sometimes the first sign of early PPID is footsoreness in late July through the fall.

Given the time of year, I decided to do a podcast episode with Dr. Jaini Clougher and Dr. Kathleen Gustafson about managing the metabolic horse. In it we discuss getting a proper diagnosis of PPID and IR, possible treatments, as well as diet plans.

I hope it's helpful for you!

You can listen at the link below, or on your favorite podcast app under "The Humble Hoof." The podcast is now also available on Horse Radio Network!

If you're not already a member of ECIR, join their forum online for more support on rehabbing laminitis and founder -

Drop a picture of your PPID and/or IR horse in the comments and let us know how you keep them healthy 🥰
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