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Beginning Clinic in Quebec

This three day clinic fulfills the beginning clinic requirement for PHCP students.

Days 1 and 2 will cover anatomy and trimming.
Day 3 will cover hoof protection and shoe removal.

Some of the topics covered

  • Basic distal limb anatomy
  • Exploration of anatomy through cadaver trimming and dissection
  • Trimming with power tools and grinder safety
  • Shoe removal for ease and comfort to both horse and trimmer
  • Transitioning to barefoot
  • Alternative forms of hoof protection.
  • Fit and use of a wide variety of boots including EasyCare, Scoot Boots, Renegades, Soft Rides, Cavallo, Equine Fusion and more, based on performance, rehab or rider needs*
  • How and when to use hoof casting
  • Which padding options to utilize for various pathologies and rehab needs
  • How to perform modifications and repairs to hoof boots

*Glue on protection is not included in this clinic


Read through the PHCP Introduction to Equine Diet and Lifestyle.

Study the PHCP Introduction to Equine Hoof Anatomy.

Visit Anatomy of the Equine and purchase the Apps or Ebooks. Spend time on this web site and get familiar with the distal limb anatomy before you attend the clinic.

What to bring

If possible, students should bring their own tools (gloves, apron, nippers, rasp, knife, hoof pick, shoe pullers, and stand) but we will have some to share. Please bring a pen, sharpie marker, clipboard and paper if you would like to take notes.

Please bring lunch, drinks and any snacks you might want. There are restaurants and grocery stores nearby for those that want to go out and grab something during the lunch break.

Please dress in layers and be prepared for good or bad weather. We will be working in a heated barn but may be outside at certain times.

The clinic will run from 9am to 4:30/5pm each day.


Rigaud, QC is an easy 35 minute drive from Montreal Trudeau international airport, or 1.5 hours from Ottawa international airport and there are full amenities and accommodations nearby.

Maia Chaput is a PHCP Certified Practitioner, Mentor, and Clinician. Her specialties include helping horses grow healthy strong bare feet; preventing and rehabilitating common hoof related lameness issues, including laminitis and navicular. She uses hoof boots and composite shoeing as alternatives to traditional metal shoeing when horse’s feet are in of need of support. Maia is passionate about educating and empowering horse owners to play an active role in all of the above, as well as mentoring the next generation of hoof care practitioners through their certification process.

This event is approved for 21 CE credits with the IAPF.