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PHCP Mentor Spotlight – Amy Allen

Amy is a PHCP practitioner and has been a member since 2010.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started in hoof care

I live in Washington State and am married to a wonderful guy. We have 7 horses, 4 dogs, 2 cats, too many chickens and 3 ducks. I trim, train, give lessons and am also a trainee teacher in Ecole de Légèreté (School of Lightness). I got started in hoof care because my OTTB kept ripping off his shoes. He broke the shoe of his second pair of glue ons. I took those off and started my journey learning about how to trim and about the mineral balanced the diet and the lifestyle of a barefoot horse. I’ve been a part of PHCP since January 2010, became certified with AHA, and then continued on to be a PHCP mentor.

What is your favorite thing about being part of PHCP

Being a mentor. I love to teach. And also learning from my students. I hope more practitioners will pursue becoming a mentor. It is the future of the PHCP program and it’s very rewarding.

What are your interests besides all things hooves

When I’m not trimming I’m usually outside; teaching riding lessons, training outside horses, riding my own horses, homesteading on our little farm with my husband, hiking with our four dogs, and researching and reading.

Tell us something people may not know about you

We used to raise Scottish highland cattle. I survived a cow that charged me after I rescued her newborn calf that got in with the horses. She carried me across the pasture, with her horn in my right thigh, while I was holding onto her horns. She was a new mom and I’m very fortunate she didn’t kill me.