PHCP Recommended Books, Media, and Links

: Equine Distal Limb Anatomy Website, Postcards, Posters,  iPad Apps, & Ebooks
Author: Jenny Edwards and Paige Poss
About: An extensive web site on equine anatomy. High quality printed posted cards and posters; a great educational tool for you and your clients to help explain what is happening inside the horse’s hoof. iPad Apps and Ebooks available for quick reference and a simple understanding of the hoof and distal limb anatomy.
Recommendation: This is the place for new students to start. Spend some time studying this web site and purchase the iPad Apps or Ebooks, which are very reasonably priced. Paige and Jenny have done a great job of simplifying distal limb anatomy and making it available for anyone to understand.
Note: Students need to be familiar with this information before they attend the PHCP Beginning Anatomy clinic.


Website: The Hoof Explorer
Author: Professor Christoph Mulling of the University of Leipzig’s Veterinary Anatomical Institute, partnered with, private design firm Effigo AG.
About: This website allows you to further explore the distal limb anatomy of a horse. All structures including bone, cartilage, arteries, veins, ligaments, tendons, and nerves are shown in an interactive 3D format.
Recommendation: This application is free so check it out and increase your understanding of distal limb anatomy on all levels. Multiple languages are available.


Website: Iron Free Hoof
Author: Paige Poss
About: This site contains more of the great photos and easy to understand distal limb anatomy and dissection, PHCP clinician, Paige Poss is know for.
Recommendation: Beginning students need to explore and study the material on this web site. This will help them to “see” the inner hoof structures when looking at the foot from the outside.
Note: Students need to be familiar with this information before they attend the PHCP Beginning Anatomy clinic.


Book: The Essential Hoof Book: The Complete Modern Guide to Horse Feet
Authors: Susan Kauffmann and Christina Cline
About: Just released this year (2017), the “Essential Hoof” is an easy to understand guide to hoof anatomy, function, assessment of hoof health, balance, disease diagnosis and treatment, and what it takes to create a healthy hoof. It is laid out in a clear concise way with lots of great photos and illustrations making it easily accessible to horse owners, new students of the hoof, as well as professionals looking for a deeper understanding of hoof care. Co-authored by PHCP Mentor, Christina Cline, this book covers some controversial and often confusing subjects such as peripheral loading, high/low syndrome, cracks, long toes/low heels, and abscesses to name a few. Management of these and other commonly seen issues is discussed pragmatically, using the most up to date knowledge and research. This well written book is easy to read, with a little humor to lighten up the dry material.
Recommendation: This is a must have for any student of the horse! Purchase this book at the start of your journey into hoof care and refer back to it often.


Media: Under the Horse, 10 Disk DVD Series
Author: Pete Ramey
About: A must for anyone who is trimming horses. This series will teach you to recognize healthy hooves and pathology in hooves. Theory is presented as well as demonstrations of the steps taken to bring all hooves to a healthier state. Pete does a great job of taking veterinary research and translating it to practical use in the field.
Recommendation: Once you have a basic understanding of anatomy you should purchase this set right away. You will watch it several times during your training as your understanding and questions change as you progress. You will want to refer back to specific subjects, like navicular or laminitis, when you begin working on those cases.


Book: Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Foot
Author: Pete Ramey
About: The hoof care practitioner’s bible. Every trimmer, farrier, and veterinarian should have a copy in their truck. Topics range from theory and practical trimming advice to nutrition, research, anatomy, hoof and body mechanics, and more.
Recommendation: This is a good book to purchase when you have finished beginning clinics and have some mentorships under your belt. This is a reference text. You will refer back to it many times throughout your career as you face new cases and continue your education.
Note: EasyCare dealers should check dealer prices


Website: Pete Ramey’s Hoof Rehab “How-To” Articles
About: Free articles written by Pete Ramey. Topics include The Bars, Frog Management, Boots and Pads, etc. Also on this site you will find the link to his articles in, ‘The Horseback Magazine Series’, a 12-issue series of (1,000 word Q&A format) short but informative articles published in the paper and online versions of Horseback Magazine. These articles are written for a lay horse-owner audience and feature pictures from the new book Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Foot.  A great introduction to general hoof care
Recommendation:  Start reading these articles at the beginning of your training. Be sure to go back to them several times as you progress through your training. You will have a different understanding of the material each time you revisit it.


Media: The Glass Horse CD software
Author: Dr. Jim Moore
About: Interactive Anatomy of the Equine Distal Limb. This is an extremely user-friendly experience designed to increase the users familiarity with anatomical structures and also to allow examination of all surfaces of bones, all regions of blood supply, and the relations of anatomical structures to the complete foot.
Recommendation: This software will be utilized in the PHCP Beginning Anatomy clinic. You may want to purchase it to be able to refer back to throughout your studies. Be sure to check the computer specifications for compatibility before you order it.


Book: Understanding The Horse’s Feet
Author:  John Stewart, MA Vet, MB, MRCVS
About: This is an easy to understand book for any level of experience, explained by a Veterinarian/ Hoof Care Professional. The text covers the basics of equine anatomy and structures, with easy to understand photos, diagrams, and text. Other topics include lameness, laminitis, insulin resistance, and internal foot problems.
Recommendation: Purchase this during your beginning mentorships. John is a member of PHCP and available to answer your questions about this material on the PHCP private forum.


Book: The Lame Horse: James R. Rooney, D.V.M.
Author: James R. Rooney, D.V.M.
About: This updated and expanded edition is packed with the knowledge about lameness the late Dr. Rooney has accumulated since he wrote the first edition in 1974. He explains the function and mechanics of the front and hind legs, and discusses what happens when things go wrong. He covers fractures, injuries to tendons and ligaments, muscles, the nervous system and much more. Dr. Rooney discusses the causes of lameness, how to diagnose every condition and the state-of-the-art methods of treatment. The book is full of illustrations and actual X-rays to help you understand what went wrong and what to do about it. Also featured are sections on gait analysis, biomechanics, and the horse’s response to training to help you avoid problems.
Recommendation: If you would like to further your knowledge beyond (and above) the hoof this is a nice addition to your library.

Diet and Lifestyle Media: PHCP Beginning Diet & Lifestyle on-line clinic
Author: Sally Hugg, developer of CA Trace
About: This is a basic introduction to equine diet and lifestyle for those new to the subject. Founding PHCP members Sally Hugg and Sossity Garguillo have created this Power Point for beginning students and horse owners alike.
Recommendation: All beginning PHCP students are required to download and view the free Power Point or PDF file before they enter Independent Study. Horse owners will also want to take advantage of this.


Book: Nutrient Requirements of Horses
Author: National Research Council of the National Academies
About: Scientific literature relating to the nutrition and feeding of equines and donkeys. Includes an extensive table covering daily nutritional requirement based upon; age, weight, type (stallion, pregnant/lactating mare, growing, working, adult),j and activity level. A detailed explanation of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, digestibility, feeding, management, and more.
Recommendation: While this book can be a bit “dry” to read, it’s a “go to” scientific resource that will be the foundation of your nutrition program. You will need to download or purchase this before taking a PHCP Advanced Nutrition clinic. Purchase: For a hard copy go to or for a free download


Book: Introduction to Horse Nutrition
Author: Zoe Davies
About: Easy to understand, covers the topics of; equine digestion, nutrition, energy, formulation, feeding different types of horses, diet related problems, with summary points at the end of every chapter. Included are diagrams and charts that explain the horse’s digestive system and extensive indexes with references to daily requirements as laid out in Nutrient Requirements of Horses.
Recommendation: If your science foundation is a little rusty, this would be a great book to read before taking on the PHCP Advanced Nutrition requirements.


Website: Safer Grass
Author: Kathryn Watts
About: As a forage researcher, Kathryn Watts shares her knowledge of carbohydrates in forage and how they effect our equine friends today. Laminitis prevention is her passion and through her articles she helps us to make intelligent decisions about the forage we feed our horses.
Recommendation: These articles are available for free and should be read and reread by every student of the horse. As a hoof care provider you will need to have a good understanding of hay and pasture forage to help your clients make healthy management choices for they horses.


Book: Horse Journal Guide to Equine Supplements and Nutraceuticals
Author: Eleanor Kellon, VMD.
About: An easy to understand nutrition text. Covers the basics of horse nutrition, also covers topics like probiotics, feeding pregnant mares, seniors, the hoof, skin and coat supplements, immune-system support, weight gain, myths, herbs, and anti-inflammatories, to name just a few. Dr. Kellon gives the facts about many name brands and their ingredients, in easy to understand charts, so the reader can easily make comparisons. She has also done some of her own trial studies on different products and reports the results.
Recommendation: A great book for horse owners and hoof care professionals helping their clients to sort through the facts and myths surrounding equine nutrition and the long list of products available.


E-zine: The Horse’s Mouth
Author: Eleanor Kellon VMD
About: This on-line publication is full of information on any subject related to horse keeping. Subscribers may ask questions on the Horse’s Mouth forum and suggest topics for upcoming issues.
Recommendation: This is an easy and inexpensive way for hoof care providers to keep up on the latest research on a variety of subjects that effect the health of horses. Practitioners may want to direct their clients to this publication as questions arise on specific subjects.
Note: On this web site you will also find on-line courses which fulfill PHCP requirements and be sure to check out Dr. Kellon’s blog for more tips.


Book: Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Hoof
Author: Pete Ramey
About: Chapters included in this book are Nutrition and the Hoof and Hay Analysis by Eleanor Kellon VMD, Carbohydrates in Pasture Plants: A Moving Target by Kathryn Watts, and Equine Ulcers by Kerry Ridgeway DVM.
> for more details on this book go to Anatomy and Hoof Care above <

Book: Paddock Paradise – A guide to Natural Horse Boarding
Author: Jaime Jackson
About: How to create a stimulating environment to benefit the horse’s health, hoof, and well being, based upon the study of horses in the wild.
Recommendation: If you are not familiar with this “out of the box” style of horse keeping, this is a must read. It’s a good book for hoof care providers to have on hand for lone to their clients.
Website: Equine Nutrition Articles

Equine Cushing’s Disease and Insulin Resistance
About: This website compliments the ECIR Group (below). Here you will find the most up to date information on Cushing’s Disease (PPID) and Insulin Resistance laid out in a clear and easy to understand manner.
Recommendation: All hoof care providers need to be familiar with the information on this site. It is a good site to recommend to your clients who are dealing with either or both of these issues. Once you have a good understanding of the information here you and/or your client may want to join the ECIR Group where you can ask questions and share information on a particular case.

PDFs and Recordings: The 2017 No Laminitis Proceedings
About: The ECIR group has made free downloads of the lectures from it’s most resent No Laminitis Conference available in PDF format. The full recordings of each lecture may also be purchased. There are 13 lectures available covering a range of topics, from understanding how to organize a successful approach to rehab, to what a healthy central sulcus means to the foot, to managing pain efficiently, to understanding the importance of coffin bone loss, to why caring for endocrinopathic laminitis is different and what it means in the long haul.
Recommendation: If you have not been able to attend the No Laminitis Conference here is your chance to get this valuable information on your computer. These proceedings provide a wealth of information, research and background, to be read again and again.

Website: Equine Cushing’s Disease and Insulin Resistance Group (ECIR)
About: This public group, which was started 15 years ago, provides a place for anyone involved with a Cushing’s (PPID) or Insulin Resistant (IR) horse to get help. Here you can share experiences, pass along veterinary knowledge and research, offer advice, and help each other deal more effectively with the diagnosis, symptoms, problems, and emotions that occur. Dr. Eleanor Kellon is a Veterinary Advisor for the group and has utilized the information shared by the over 10,000 members on this list to create successful protocols in managing PPID and IR horses.
Recommendation: This is the best source of information relating to PPID and IR. As a hoof care provider, being able to identify the symptoms of PPID and IR will help you to identify laminitic triggers. This knowledge can help in the prevention of laminitis and is crucial to the recovery of a laminitic horse.


Website: Dr. Eleanor Kellon’s Horse Sense Blog


Website: Equine Endocrinology Group
The EEG is a group of clinicians and researchers that work together to advance our understanding of endocrine disorders in horses. The group contains key opinion leaders in the field who meet annually to review diagnosis and treatment recommendations and discuss research. This group provides advice to veterinarians, specialists, research scientists, and the public with the mission of increasing awareness of equine endocrine disorders and improving the diagnosis and management of these conditions. The website is maintained through Tuffs University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
Recommendation: This site is referenced throughout the PHCP Laminitis, Founder, IR, PPID webinar taught by Dr. Cynthia Nielson. If you’ve taken the webinar this is a good place to review material and keep up on new research.


Book and eBook: Equine Laminitis
Author: Jenny Edwards
About: As a Hoof Care Professional Jenny has designed a book that owners can easily understand with practical solution in managing laminitic horses and horses at risk of laminitis. This is available as an eBook for instant downloading and in print. Both are very reasonably priced.
Recommendation: This is a great book for a beginning student who is new to laminitis and it’s causes. It is also a great book for a professional to have in their vehicle to loan to clients.


Book/ebook: What is Laminitis? – A Practical Step by Step Guide to Recovery
Authors: Zoe Messina & Rebecca Scott
About: This book is laid out nicely and is easy to understand. It has an immediate action plan for the owner of an acutely laminitic horse. It then coverers short term and long term plans along with a lot of practical tips on management issues such as fitting and making muzzles work, where to buy products, hoof boots, and more.
Recommendation: A great book for students and horse owners alike. It’s a nice way to have all the information in one place.


Book: Care and Rehabilitation of the Equine Hoof
Author: Pete Ramey
About: This book must be included here again. A chapter by Eleanor Kellon VMD on Metabolic Laminitis gives you an in-depth look at the connection between endocrine and hormonal disorders and the often resulting laminitis. Studies and their results are referenced throughout the chapter giving you a history of our still evolving understanding of these issues. Pete Ramey give us an overview in the Laminitis chapter, but the discussion of laminitis takes place in almost every chapter in the book.
> for more details on this book go to Anatomy and Hoof Care above <

Ride from Within
Author: James Shaw
About: These DVDs and book were developed with the horseback rider in mind but the techniques taught can pertain to everything we do in life. Using the fundamental principles of Tai Chi, James teaches ground exercises that focus on developing the body’s natural balanced alignment and sensitivity to loss of that alignment. These exercises are also designed to get the ‘rust out’ of the joints and teach you to “stand on your skeleton”. This will minimize the use of the large muscles, increasing your endurance, and reducing wear and tear on your body. The DVDs are great for learning the basic exercises. For a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of Tai Chi and philosophy of the martial arts, purchase the book.
Note: James has worked specifically with hoof care providers to develop correct stance and use of the tools. You can look for clinics on his web site.


Book: Pain Free
Author: Pete Egoscue
About: This book describes a system for eliminating chronic pain without drugs, surgery, or expensive physical therapy. Developed by Pete Egoscue, a nationally renowned physiologist and sports injury consultant to some of today’s top athletes, the Egoscue Method is a series of gentle exercises and carefully constructed stretches called E-cises. These have had a 95% success rate in providing quick and lasting relief of lower back pain, sciatica, bad knees, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, rotator cuff problems and many more.


Web site: YogaGlo
About: This is a great place to get started in yoga or continue your practice in the comfort and convenience of your home. With over 25 teachers to choose from and classes of all levels, styles, and durations, you will find it easier to fit this program into a busy day. You will pay a monthly fee ($18) and can choose classes to play on your computer or mobile device whenever you want. There is a free 15 day trial available.


DVD: Tools of the Trade
Author: Pete Ramey
About: Sharp tools are key to reducing wear and tear on your body. This DVD will teach you how to do it yourself, so you can keep them in top condition.


Hoofjack by Equine Innovations Inc.
About: A hoof stand is an important tool for fending off fatigue and saving your back when working on hooves.
Note: EasyCare dealers can purchase this from EasyCare at dealer prices.


Yoga for Strength and Toning
Author: Stephanie Snyder
About: This is a 1 hour kick-butt sequence with 30 minutes of core work. It’s a great cure and preventative for sore backs.


The Horse’s Pain Free Back and Saddler Fit Book
Author: Joyce Harmon, DVM, MRCVS
About: This is a very comprehensive book written in a clear and understandable fashion. You will learn how to check your horse for potential pressure points and evaluate the fit of your saddle. If you are shopping for a new saddle you will want to read this book first but even if you aren’t having an issue this is knowledge every horse owner should have. There is a western version of this book available too.

On-line Course: Equinology EQ50
Instructor: Debranne Pattillo MEEBW
About: This is the prerequisite anatomy of horse class for Equinology’s Body Worker studies. Even if you never plan to become a body worker, knowing the anatomy of the horse is extremely valuable to your work as a hoof care provider and as a horse owner. The course cost only $45 and you will learn all the bones and muscles of the equine body. You may take it any time and at your own pace. All you need is the internet and a computer.

DVD’s: Rooney’s Video Guide to Lameness – The Front Leg and The Hind Leg & Back
Author: Dr. James Rooney
About: As one of the leading experts in lameness and author of “The Lame Horse” Dr. Rooney has studied the biomechanics of the horse extensively. In the videos a live horse is compared with a skeleton of a horse to give you a clear understanding of the structure beneath muscle. He discusses the connection between movement, conformation, fatigue and how they affect soundness.


California Trace Minerals
California Trace and California Trace PLUS are concentrated trace mineral/vitamin supplements. Formulated to balance the most common trace mineral deficiencies in west coast hay and pasture. Provides the key nutrients needed for healthy hoof growth. Convenient alternative to a custom mix.

My Best Horse
Specialized equine supplements at affordable prices.

A source for buying a broad spectrum of supplements, vitamins, and minerals. Custom mixes are available.

Uckele Health and Nutrition
A source for buying a broad spectrum of supplements, vitamins, and minerals. Custom mixes are available.

Omega Horseshine
Natural flax supplement for horses to benefit skin, coat and joint health

Yeast Culture, Digestive Supplement


Hoof Boots and Protection

EasyCare Inc – The Ultimate in Hoof Protection
With a wide variety of hoof boots for every type of riding and therapy, and a wide range of sizes, you will be able to find a boot for most horses and their particular needs. This very progressive company continues to develop new products and add more sizes to accommodate the needs of the horse community. Easyboots have competed successfully in a variety of disciplines, such as endurance, eventing, and dressage, to name a few. And the new EasyShoe expands all the possibilities. The web site and blogs are full of helpful boot fitting and hoof care information.
EasyCare’s Fill Your Truck program is a great way for qualified hoof care professional to start their business. Contact Debbie Schwiebert at EasyCare for more information.

Renegade Hoof Boots
Designed for the high performance horse with naturally shaped hooves. The unique heel captivator design allows for natural flexion of the hoof and fetlock, and makes these easy to apply. These boots are popular with endurance and trail riders.

Shaped to fit the natural hoof and promote healthy hooves while allowing for expansion and contraction. Makers of the Simple Hoof Boot, known for easy application and great for mountain riding.

Equine Fusion
This super flexible “jogging” shoe was developed in Norway. Dealers are available in the US & Canada as well.

Scoot Boots
From the inventor of the Old Mac hoof boots a new boot has been developed. It is constructed of strong thermo plastic urethane with strap closures and no velcro or cables. It’s light, well ventilated, doesn’t hold water, and comes in a wide variety of sizes.

This flexible polyurethane plastic horseshoe provides another alternative form of hoof protection.

Equicast Hoof Ware – Protection System
Equicast is a temporary support system product. By supporting and protecting the whole hoof capsule, it assists in the grow of stronger healthier hoof walls and soles.


Forage Feeders

Nibble Nets
The generous square opening at the top of these webbing feeders make for easy loading of multiple flakes of hay at a time. They are built with high quality durable materials meant to last. There are over 20 styles to choose from and 3 different opening sizes for faster or slower eating, depending on your horses needs.

Busy Horse
These are another option for a webbing slow feeder. They come in several sizes with different hole opening options.

Hay Pillow
Designed as a slow feeder that can be fed on the ground, the hay pillow offers a variety of mesh openings and different designs. There is a standard and mini feeder for head down feeding off the ground. Hanging feeders and a manger feeder for your trailer are also optional.

Freedom Feeder
This slow feed hay net is an affordable way to give your horse free access to forage. Sizes range from a mini trailer net to a full hay bale size. This US based company will also make custom nets of any size to fit your needs.

Shires Greedy Feeder Slow Feed Hay Net
These small mesh hay feeders with 1” holes can be purchased in a large and small sizes at a super inexpensive price.

Cinch Chix
These slow feeder hay nets offer sizes up to a full size round bale, useful for large herds, with 3 different opening sizes.


Practitioner Tools

Hoofjack by Equine Innovations Inc.
Anyone trimming horses must have this trimming stand for their own comfort and the comfort of the horse.
Note: EasyCare dealers can purchase this from EasyCare at dealer prices.

Very colorful Trimming aprons available here.

EasyCare Inc.
The SaveEdge rasp is available here at dealer prices.

Equithotics Inc.
They make a great rasp handle. The unique design and material help improve your control. And the wild colors are fun too!

Precision Pick
A hoof pick that doubles as a measurement tool. This will help you accurately measure and evaluate hoof structures as you develop your eye.

Soft Touch – Abrasive Trimming Tools and Supplies
A light weight grinder with a switch adaptor and flap discs are available here.

Bonsai Tools
These can be useful for cleaning up frog flaps.

Boggs Tool and File Sharpening Co.
Get more milage out of your rasps by sending them to Boggs for sharpening.

“Tools of the Trade” DVD by Pete Ramey
Learn to sharpen your own tools with this DVD.



Lopez Farrier Rebuilds
Lopez offers a full range of rebuild service. “Give new life to your old tools.” Lopez will rebuild most brand farrier tools. Custom work is also availble. Convert your Nippers into Nailcutters or 1/2 Rounds. Add or shorten length! Lopez Grips can also be added to any tool for comfort and ease.
L.F.T. Inc
1124 W Cook St
Santa Maria, CA 93458

Mr. Mike’s Tool Repair
This gentleman rebuilds nippers, sharpens rasps and knives (including loop knives) and can make any custom modifications to farrier tools – and any other tools as a matter of fact.
12384 Gay Rio Dr.
Lakeside, California 92040

Online tool sources

~Below is a list of some of the online options for ordering your trimming tools. We recommend that if you have a farrier supply nearby, you patronize them whenever possible. There are many advantages to buying locally, ie immediate need of a product and handling the tool yourself. Equally important is the relationship you well may build will benefit both your businesses.

Anvil Brand

Centaur Forge

Farriers Depot

Lopez Farrier Tools
L.F.T. Inc
1124 W Cook St
Santa Maria, CA 93458

MFC Horseshoeing Tools




Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners
That’s us! Check out our Training page for information on becoming a Certified Hoof Care Practitioner.

Equine Sciences Academy
The ESA is a comprehensive training organization offering both an Equine Sciences Degree and Certification in Natural Hoof Care.

American Hoof Association
AHA is a certifying organization of peer-reviewed hoof care professionals. A list of certified trimmers is provided on the web site along with information on becoming an AHA member.

Australian Brumby Research Unit
Ongoing research undertaken by Dr. Brian Hampson and Professor Chris Pollitt. The Australian Brumby Research Unit (ABRU) was established with the aim of investigating the feral horses of Australia and applying the findings to improve foot health of the domestic horse.