PHCP Practitioners

Student Practitioners are not yet fully certified by 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.

Advanced Student Practitioners are Student Practitioners who have completed Independent Study and are in the advanced phase of the training program. They will have more experience than a Student Practitioner. They can do an excellent job caring for your horse’s hoof needs and are prepared to work on more difficult cases with the support of their Mentors and colleagues as they complete their training.

Practitioners are members who have completed their training and passed the final certification process.

Mentors are Certified PHCP Practitioners who have been approved as educators in our training program.

Education Credit Designations
Members listed here who have reached the minimum annual credit requirements for the previous year (June 2017-May 2018) or the current year (June 2018-May 2019) are designated as follows:
★ EC = Educational Credit Completed for Student Practitioners and Advanced Student Practitioners.
★ CE = Continuing Education Credits Completed for Certified Practitioners and Mentors.
(Members can find details about EC/CE Credits at the top of the Chat Forum on a “sticky”.)

When choosing any Hoof Care Professional, it is always best to ask for recommendations.

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PHCP Mentors and Clinicians

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Paige Poss

Clinician and Mentor ★ CE
Work Phone: 540-718-1802 Website: Website:


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 (, 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.

Client List:

My client list fluctuates from being full to an occasional opening.  It is worth it to contact me.

Contact via:

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.


Service Area

Tucson, AZ

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