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.

Practitioners wishing to to update their listing, click here.

PHCP Mentors and Clinicians

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Sossity Gargiulo

Clinician and Mentor
Work Phone: 805-432-9891 Website: Website:


I started trimming horses when my own mare went lame and I started to look deeper into the ‘why’ of traditional horse care.  This led me on a life changing path of learning I never could have predicted!  I then joined the AANHCP, and later became a founding member of the Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners.  I was also certified by the American Hoof Association in 2008.  My husband Mario became a PHCP Practitioner and Mentor, and then an AHA Practitioner as well, and together we have run a successful hoof trimming business in Southern Ca.  In 2012 we were fortunate enough to start working with Shannon Peters elite dressage horses, including her husband Steffen Peters’ Olympic mount, Ravel, who we still have the honor of trimming.  We continue to work with Shannon’s as well as Akiko Yamazaki’s dressage horses, and were featured in a Dressage Today article on the subject of barefoot performance horses.  We also trim endurance horses, working western, pleasure, pasture ornaments, retirees, etc.  In addition to trims we offer casting and glue on boot services, we sell the California Trace supplement and I also put out an almost monthly newsletter.  We service primarily Ventura County and the schedule is booked tight.  We are accepting new clients on a waiting list basis, and email or text is the best way to reach me. Please feel free to reach out again if you don’t hear back from me right away – sometimes the messages get buried.

For PHCP mentorships, I charge $150/day.  I can work with all levels of student, from beginner to advanced, please contact me via email to set up a mentorship and work out the details.


Service Area

Primarily Ventura County

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