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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