A Student Practitioner is not yet fully certified by the PHCP. With the support of their mentors and colleagues, they can do an excellent job caring for your horse’s hoof needs, as they complete their training. As always, when choosing any hoof care professional, it is best to ask for recommendations.
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Paige PossClinician and Mentor
Trimming a limited number of clients and teaching extensively.
I started my hoof care odyssey in 1999. That was a pivotal era in hoof care. There were very few resources at the time. Jaime Jackson, Dr. Strasser and one trimming website was basically all that was available.
The only way to get good at trimming was to just do it. I paired up with my best friend and trimming mentor, Ruth Green (she and Pete Ramey were part of the first 5 AANHCP instructors).
I trimmed anything that would stand still long enough. I began dragging home anything that was lame and worked through their issues.
I learned by fire. Early in my journey, I started exploring and dissecting cadaver feet. What I have learned is the cornerstone of my work. I became a professional in 2001. In 2003 I started http://www.ironfreehoof. I’ve always been passionate about helping others with good information.
In 2012, I upped the ante on teaching and creating educational material. Fellow trimmer, Jenny Edwards (www.all-natural-horse-care.com), and I joined forces and created Anatomy of the Equine.
Jenny’s graphic design background and my science and research training are a perfect blend.
We have created books and posters. We have carefully crafted them to be both study guides and handy tools for teaching. But we have thousands more images we want people to see.
Our images convey so much information; we hate they are stuck in a virtual closet. We want to extrapolate every ounce of information that each cadaver foot imparts. It is a tribute to the horses.
Everyone sees something different in our photos. We want a more interactive platform, so our latest push is webinars, clinics and lectures.
The more we understand mechanics the more we help horses.
I love teaching and building confidence for students at all levels.
My client list fluctuates from being full to an occasional opening. It is worth it to contact me.
The best way to reach me is via text or email. Calling is the worst! I am terrible with voicemail.
For students looking to do a mentorship, I charge $150 per day. I enjoy teaching every level. My mentorships are trimming based on anatomy with lots of discussion regarding the internal structures and hoof capsule. Typically, we will end up in my shop dissecting a foot or two or three to emphasize key relationships. It will depend on your level of interest.
My goal is to give you the tools to understand how and why hooves respond to trimming. I adore building confidence and understanding
Your mentorship will be fluid to fulfill your needs.
If time allows, we will also spend time with Dr. Hancock. She is an excellent teacher and will relate the whole horse to the hooves. It is a real treat to see her work.
I am also willing to do traveling mentorships.