The Application process for AHA Apprentice Level is similar to the AHA Certified Professional Level with the following reduced requirements:

    • Application requirements for the AHA Apprentice level is two complete case studies.
    • Each case study will have two trims on a single horse, six before trim and six after trim photos for each of the two trims to be included in each case study.
    • Six body photos should also be included; three before the case study, three at completion
    • The two trims should not exceed a period of six months.
    • There is no requirement of rehabilitative case studies, nor booting, at the AHA Apprentice level.
    • AHA Apprentice Level Applicants may submit a video showing a complete trim on a live horse, or they may request from Evaluation to have a mentor come to the applicant for evaluation of live trimming.
    • PHCP members and ESA students may submit the case studies they have prepared for those organizations.

Below we have listed our preference for correct photos.  Because photos record just a moment in time and can be influenced by any number of factors, we need to see the foot from various views to accurately assess the hoof and its shape.  Dazzle us with your trimming skills and knowledge of whole horse health.  Make sure you discuss all that goes into creating a healthy hoof, what you use to keep a horse moving soundly.  We are a jury; present your documentation to show your abilities and prove why you should be an American Hoof Association Apprentice.

To make this process easier, as you upload your pictures for each of your case studies, you will choose from the following on a drop down menu:

First Trim

  • 1 Front BT
  • 1 Front AT
  • 1 Lat BT
  • 1 Lat AT
  • 1 Heels BT
  • 1 Heels AT
  • 1 Sole BT
  • 1 Sole AT
  • 1 Heel/Toe BT
  • 1 Heel/Toe AT
  • 1 Oblique Sole BT
  • 1 Oblique Sole AT
  • Before trim front body
  • Before trim back body
  • Before trim lateral body

Second trim

  • 2 Front BT
  • 2 Front AT
  • 2 Lat BT
  • 2 Lat AT
  • 2 Heels BT
  • 2 Heels AT
  • 2 Sole BT
  • 2 Sole AT
  • 2 Heel/Toe BT
  • 2 Heel/Toe AT
  • 2 Oblique Sole BT
  • 2 Oblique Sole AT
  • After trim front body
  • After trim back body
  • After trim lateral body

This is the minimum material required to be considered as an apprentice level applicant. We encourage applicants to submit additional material that they feel is important. Please include any explanations and observations you have made to help us in our evaluation.


Required Hoof Pictures:

Sole Views:

Required Body Pictures:

Video Requirements:

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.

Please Note: It may take 90 days for the Evaluation Committee to fully assess your submission. 

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