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PHCP Mentor Spotlight – Amy Allen
PHCP Mentor and member since 2010.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started in hoof care.
I live in Washington State, I’m married to a wonderful guy, we have 7 horses, 4 dogs, 2 cats, too many chickens and three ducks. I trim, train, give lessons and I’m 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, mineral balanced the diet and the lifestyle of a barefoot horse. I’ve been a part of PHCP since January 2010, I also became certified with AHA, and then continued on to be a mentor with PHCP.
What is your favorite thing about being part of PHCP?
Being a mentor as I love to teach and also learning from my students. I hope more practitioners will pursue becoming a mentor, as this 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, researching and reading.
Tell us something people may not know about you.
We used to raise Scottish highland cattle, and 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.