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Step 5

Step 5 – Advanced Studies

Students at this level will be perfecting their trimming techniques and confirming their understanding of diet, lifestyle, environment, and how the hoof is affected. They are developing an in-depth understanding of the pathologies and they may pursue any special interest they have at this time. These mentorships will prepare the student to become a polished professional and to pass the PHCP certification.


A minimum of two mentorships are required. One mentorship may be with a previous mentor. The second mentorship 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.

Please read Making the Most of Your Mentorship before scheduling your mentorship.

Mentorships cost $175 per day with $75 subsidized by PHCP.  Students will pay the remaining $100/day fee directly to the mentor. PHCP offers these subsidies for one or two day mentorships. Students doing a three day mentorship are responsible for the full $175 on the third day.

Some mentors are able to travel to students and work with them on their own client horses. Students should visit the PHCP private chat forum for more details on traveling mentorships.

A Student Progress Report should be submitted after the completion of each mentorship, by the student.

Required Subjects

A reading radiograph course may be taken anytime during training but must be completed by the end of the advanced level. Options for this subject are Dr. Kellon’s Basics of Radiographs, PHCP’s hands-on Reading Radiographs for the Hoof Care Practitioner, or a PHCP reading radiographs webinar.

For professionals entering the program at the advanced level all required subjects (advanced nutrition, metabolic issues, and radiographs) must be completed before posting a final presentation.

Final Presentation

The final mentor determines the students readiness to complete the program. With their approval the student may post the step 7 Final Media Presentation. The student should be able to ‘read’ the hoof, make a plan, consider the whole horse, and work with the client in a professional manner to achieve their goals. They must produce a professional quality trim on a variety of horses. If this is not achieved, an additional mentorship will be recommended.