PHCP

Progressive Hoof Care Practitioners

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PHCP training program

In addition to the supportive community that Progressive Hoof Care Practitioners provides we offer a training program for members who seek certification as professional hoof care practitioners. The training enrollment form collects information about your experience, previous training, and goals. This information will help us to place you at the appropriate level. Everyone is welcome and accepted into this training program, even those unsure if their goal to become a professional. There is no time constraint on completing the steps. Click on Step 1 above for instructions on enrolling.

Education credits

We encourage our members to continue their education and keep up to date with the latest hoof care practices. Credit is given for mentorships, clinics, webinars, and media presentations. Credit is acknowledged on each practitioner’s directory listing with a star for every 20 credits completed in the past year.

Education scholarships

PHCP has funds available to help students in need complete the training program to become certified professionals. These funds will cover clinics, webinars, and mentorship fees, as well as travel expenses.

Student Practitioners and Advanced Student Practitioners who have attended the PHCP beginning clinics or completed one mentorship day are eligible. If you’re not sure of your eligibility, contact us to confirm.

Eligible members may apply HERE.  Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2021. Scholarships will be awarded following application review.

Additional guidance

Need some extra guidance to reach your PHCP certification? Check out the Pegasus Program. The Pegasus Program Outline and Pegasus Hand Book will give you all the details. Contact PHCP to sign up or ask questions.

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Step 1 – Enrollment

If you are not yet a member you can opt to enroll in the training program when you first join PHCP. Just fill out and submit the PHCP membership registration form and pay the associated fees.

If you are already a supporting member and want to enroll in the training program, fill out a training program enrollment form. (you must be logged in to submit your training enrollment form).

This training program may be upgraded from time to time to ensure that we can provide the best education for those seeking to become certified hoof care practitioner.

The training program enrollment committee will review your submission, conduct a telephone interview with you, and determine where it would be most appropriate for you to enter the training program. For those already working as hoof care providers, you will be asked to do a one-day mentorship to help us with your placement. A file will be started for each student containing all mentorships and clinics attended, as well as all documentation created as you progress through the program. You will also receive an invitation to join the PHCP bulletin board, where support and information are shared.

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Step 2 – Beginning Clinics

There are three required  clinics in step 2. These clinics may be taken in any order.

  1. Beginning trim, anatomy and dissection
  2. Hoof protection and shoe removal
  3. Introduction to Equine Diet and Lifestyle. This is an online course. Download the PowerPoint or PDF version.

All beginning clinics must be completed before entering Step 4 Independent Study. There will be an entrance exam to Independent Study on materials covered in the beginning clinics.

You may schedule 1 or 2 of your step 3 beginning mentorships before taking the beginning clinics.

Visit the calendar to view dates for upcoming clinics.

Ida Hammer’s Beginner Trim clinic and day 1 of her Hoof Protection class fill the beginning clinic requirements for PHCP students. Visit the Whole Horse Trimming website for her complete schedule.

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Step 3 – Beginning Mentorship Series

A minimum of three mentorships, one or two days each, with three different PHCP Mentors are required.

One or two of these mentorships may be taken before the step 2 beginning clinics.

Students will choose and contact the Mentor directly to schedule their mentorships as needed. Mentors have very busy schedules with their full time businesses so please give them time to reply.  Mentors have certain horses they like to teach on, as students will be trimming, so plan on scheduling these mentorships well in advance.

Mentorships cost $175 per day with $75 subsidized by PHCP.  Students will pay the remaining $100/day fee directly to the mentor.

We recommend that beginners with limited trimming experience schedule at least one, two day mentorship. It takes time to build strength and efficiency trimming. Multi day mentorships will give beginners more opportunity to trim and learn at a slower pace.

Some mentors are able to travel to students and work with them on their own client horses.  PHCP will pay the mentor’s travel expenses. Students will pay the full $175/day fee to the Mentor. We encourage students to coordinate with one or more other students in their area to plan multiple mentorships. This will stretch our education funds and make the most of the mentor’s travel time. Multiple students is not required however as sometimes it is the isolated student that can really benefit from this.

Each mentor will fill out an Mentorship Evaluation form at the end of the mentorship. This will be added to the student’s file and they will receive a copy as well.

Topics covered include

Tool selection, use, and maintenance

Basic trims on live horses

Safe horse handling skills and dealing with common behavior problems

Identifying common hoof problems and recognizing how diet and lifestyle can affect the hoof

To prepare for these mentorships, be sure to study the recommended Distal Limb Anatomy and Hoof Care media, listed on our Resources page.

The final mentor of the Beginning Series will determine the students readiness to advance to Independent Study. The student may be asked to do another mentorship, to work on the skills needed to progress.

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Step 4 – Independent Study

Students who have passed their final beginning mentorship will need to pass a written exam before entering Independent Study.

Students entering IS will be considered Student Practitioners and may be advertised on the PHCP website as such.

During Independent Study students will practice their skills and gain experience working on their own horses and building a clientele. They are encouraged to use the PHCP Chat forum to post photos, and discuss any interesting or challenging cases that they may encounter.

This step should be sufficiently long enough for the student to gain experience in the real world and work on a variety of horses. The suggested Independent Study period will vary widely, depending on the student’s previous experience and progress.

Students are required to do two mentorships during Independent Study. One may be with a mentor they previously worked with and one must be with a mentor they have not worked with before. Students will contact a Mentor and schedule mentorships as needed.

Mentorships cost $175 per day with $75 subsidized by PHCP.  Students will pay the remaining $100/day fee directly to the mentor. PHCP will pay for one IS mentorship in full.
note: New members must complete one paid mentorship before receiving this free mentorship benefit.

Some mentors are able to travel to students and work with them on their own client horses.  PHCP will pay the mentor’s travel expenses. Students will pay the full $175/day fee to the Mentor. We encourage students to coordinate with one or more other students in their area to plan multiple mentorships. This will stretch our education funds and make the most of the mentor’s travel time. Multiple students is not required however as sometimes it is the isolated student that can really benefit from this.

The first mentorship may take place anytime during Independent Study and the 2nd mentorship should be scheduled when the student feels ready to advance to step 5.

An IS Progress Report  should be submitted after the completion of each mentorship, by the student.

With the approval of the second mentor, the student may submit their IS Media Presentation to the Evaluation Committee. This presentation is designed to prepare the student for the Final Media Presentation.

Once the committee is satisfied with the presentation the student will receive a summary of constructive comments and move on to the Step 5 Advanced Mentorships.

Student Practitioners who have passed their IS Media Presentation will be considered Advanced Student Practitioner and will be designated as such on the website.

Important: Student Practitioners and Advanced Student Practitioners who choose to be advertised on the PHCP website, are required to complete one mentorship or submit a media presentation annually to maintain their listing. The media presentation will follow the guidelines for the Independent Study Media Presentation. It will not be judged in a pass/fail capacity, but the student will receive feedback in the form of written comments by Evaluation Committee members. Media Presentations may be submitted for three years in lieu of a mentorship. After three years a mentorship is required to remain advertised.

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Step 5 – Advanced Mentorship Series

A minimum of three mentorships are required.

One mentorship may be with a previous mentor. The final mentorship in this series must be with a mentor the student has not worked with before.

Students will choose and contact the Mentor directly to schedule mentorships as needed. Mentors have very busy schedules with their full time businesses so please give them time to reply.  Mentors have certain horses they like to teach on, as students will be trimming, so plan on scheduling these mentorships well in advance.

Mentorships cost $175 per day with $75 subsidized by PHCP.  Students will pay the remaining $100/day fee directly to the mentor. PHCP will pay for one advanced mentorship in full.
note: New members must complete one paid mentorship before receiving this free mentorship benefit.

Some mentors are able to travel to students and work with them on their own client horses.  PHCP will pay the mentor’s travel expenses. Students will pay the full $175/day fee to the Mentor. We encourage students to coordinate with one or more other students in their area to plan multiple mentorships. This will stretch our education funds and make the most of the mentor’s travel time. Multiple students is not required however as sometimes it is the isolated student that can really benefit from this.

These mentorships will include trimming on a variety of horses. The purpose of the advanced mentorships is to further improve the student’s skills, work more in-depth with pathologies and other areas of special interest. These mentorships will prepare the student to become a polished professional and to pass the PHCP certification.

The final mentor will determine the students readiness to complete the program. With their approval the student may post the step 7 Final Media Presentation. This mentor may recommend an additional mentorship before step 7  if they feel the student would benefit from it.

The Final Media Presentation must be posted within 0ne year of the final mentorship. If this deadline is missed the student will be asked to do another mentorship.

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Step 6 – Completion of Elective Clinics

Elective clinics may be taken at any time during the Training Program.

Each student must take a minimum of six electives

Three of the electives must cover the subjects of advanced nutrition, reading radiographs, and insulin resistance/Cushing’s disease.

Choose from the approved options.

Advanced Nutrition: NRC Plus with Dr.Kellon or The Smart Way to Feed Horses, a PHCP webinar

Reading Radiographs: Basics of Reading Radiographs with Dr.Kellon or Radiographs for the Hoof Care Practitioner, a PHCP webinar

IR/Cushing’s: Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance with Dr.Kellon or IR and PPID: Managment and Diagnosis, a PHCP webinar

Check out the LEARN page for more approved Electives and the CALENDAR page for scheduled webinars and clinics.

When you take a non-PHCP run class, such as one of Dr. Kellon’s,  please send Leslie Carrig the details to receive credit and have it added to your file.

 

 

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Step 7 – Final Media Presentation

Once approval has been given by the students final step 5 mentor, they may submit their Final Media Presentation.  This must be posted within one year of the final mentorship or another mentorship will be required.

In addition to a maintenance trim, it will include a progressive case study on a horse with hoof pathology. This will take several months to complete so each student should plan in advance, documenting several potential subjects along the way.

This presentation will be posted for the Evaluation Committee to critique. Mentorship Evaluation forms, Progress Reports, and all other documentation in the students file, will be reviewed and considered in the decision of the Evaluation Committee as well.

Once the student has passed the Evaluation Committee they will receive a summary of constructive comments on their media presentation and they will become a PHCP Certified Practitioner.