Frequently Asked Questions of the PHCP


Where is PHCP located?
This organization has it’s roots in the California region. We have members all over the country and the world. Most of our basic clinics are in Washington state, California, and Nevada. We have also added clinics in the Eastern part of the US as our membership is growing. We also offer webinars online.

Do I need to take all the clinics?
When you join we will assess your experience and education as a hoof care provider and determine which clinics and mentorships you will need. We give credit for experience and clinics when it makes sense, but we will also make sure you are not missing any pieces of your education.

Do I have to take the anatomy clinic before I can do a mentorship?
We are flexible in this area. Many students want to get started right away and not wait until clinics are available. Some students find that doing a mentorship before the anatomy clinic gives them a better perspective in the dissection. Some students are not comfortable doing a mentorship until they have the anatomy clinic under their belt. A lot depends on the amount of experience each student has when they join. Your interviewer will help you decide on the best plan for you.

What if I don’t feel ready to take on clients after the beginning clinics and mentorships?
The number of mentorships listed in the training program is a minimum. If your final mentor at each stage (Beginning, IS, Advanced) feels you need another mentorship they will make this recommendation. Students should feel free to do as many mentorships, including multi day, as they want. They will receive evaluations and credit for them all.

How much are dues and when do I pay them?
The initial Enrollment fee is $100. Dues every year after that are $65, $60 with our autopay option, and are due on June 1st. If you join between March 1st and June 1st, you don’t pay dues until the following year.
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What happens after I fill out my Enrollment form and pay the Enrollment fee?
You will receive an invitation to join the Chat Forum and an email from an Enrollment Committee member welcoming you to PHCP and setting up an interview time.

What if I don’t pass the interview?
The interview is designed only to answer your questions and give you some guidance on how to get started with the training program. Everyone is welcome in PHCP.

What do I get for my membership?
You will have access to the Chat Forum. This is a great place to share information and ask questions.
You will be able to advertise your business on our web site as a “Student Practitioner” or “Practitioner“. Note: Student Practitioners are required to do a minimum of 1 mentorship each year to maintain their listing on the website.
You will have the support of the organization in furthering your hoof care education and the benefit of Mentors who have many years of experience.
PHCP also offers continuing education, semi-annual conferences, and many outreach opportunities at a reduced price for members.

What can I expect on the Chat Forum?
The forum is a friendly safe place where you can ask for help and information on any horse or hoof care subject. There are no dumb questions. Members range from beginning students to experienced Mentors and everyone is welcome to participate. It is a great place to share hoof photos and cases where you would like some input from other hoof care providers. It’s a very active forum and we strive to make all our members feel comfortable there.

Can I join if I shoe horses?
Yes!  We are open to everyone. Anyone with a desire to learn should join PHCP.

How do I set up a mentorship?
You will contact the Mentors of your choice directly to set up and discuss details of the mentorship. Most Mentors charge $150 for the day. You will be trimming at the mentorship and receive a detailed evaluation of your work and progress.

Will I need to travel?
Yes, you will need to plan on traveling. How far you travel will depend on where you live, what clinics you attend, and what Mentors you would like to work with. We highly recommend that you take advantage of our great Mentors in several regions.

How much will it cost me to reach certification?
That will be dependent on where you enter the program, how many steps you must complete, and how far you travel.

What is the full cost of your certification program?
The travel portion will vary for each individual. Required clinics could run between 900 and 1,200 in total. Required mentorships will cost a minimum of 1,200 in total. We have found that most students take extra elective clinics because they can’t resist learning. Some choose to do multiple day mentorships if they have traveled a distance to a Mentor. Webinars have helped to reduce travel cost greatly.

How long does it take to get certified?
This is up to you. We have no time limit on our training program. Many members have joined just wanting to trim their own horses and eventually started collecting clients. Many members have kept their “real” jobs for a number of years but eventually reached certification and left that desk job far behind. Our program is flexible enough to accommodate everyone’s needs. When you do reach certification you will be well educated and confident in your work.