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The American Hoof Association champions hoof health and comfort for all domestic equines.  Through education, peer-review, and support, we strive to unify equine professionals and promote awareness of the healthy lifestyle paradigm as the basis for improved hoof quality among horses.


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Welcome to the AHA

The American Hoof Association is an organization of peer-reviewed hoof care professionals offering progressive, preventative and rehabilitative services, education and information.


As a service to horse owners, the American Hoof Association provides a list of peer-reviewed professional trimmers under the section, Trimmer Finder.  Each of these trimmers has passed the AHA’s rigorous review process.  Applicants are evaluated on their understanding and practice of the AHA’s ‘healthy lifestyle’ paradigm, that is, a healthy hoof results from a healthy horse.

Certified Trimmers possess the qualifications necessary to adequately address preventative and rehabilitative needs of domestic equines.  Certified Trimmers are available as clinicians; these experienced trimmers find education to be as important in their practice as is their work at the hoof. Apprentice Trimmers are skilled trimmers who are competent to perform an appropriate trim on a variety of healthy and pathological hooves. 

Apprentice trimmers have the potential, but lack the experience needed to qualify as a Certified Trimmer.  They are encouraged to continue their education with the goal of becoming Certified Trimmers.

Professional trimmers who desire membership in the American Hoof Association are encouraged to apply.  The application process for both Certified Trimmers and Apprentice Trimmers is more completely described under Membership.

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December Horse of the Month



BREED: Dutch Warmblood
HORSE: Zippo
OWNER: Imke Mulder
LOCATION: Inverurie, Scotland
TRIMMER: Dawn Saunders


Zippo is a very cheeky 16hh, 10 year old Dutch warmblood of unknown breeding. At the purchase vetting, I was told that Zippo could never go barefoot, as 'he has flat feet with thin soles and needs the protection'. We had a great first year together, although he always needed a couple of days to a week to recover from each new set of shoes. Unfortunately, Zippo started going lame in early 2012. He was diagnosed with navicular syndrome and spavin, and was given a guarded prognosis. We briefly went down the traditional route of heartbar shoes and lateral extensions, which only caused him more discomfort. I then got in touch with our local barefoot trimmer, Dawn Saunders. She was realistic in what we could achieve with a horse that had been in shoes all his life, and when the shoes first came off, he couldn't walk two steps without boots. It was a long and emotional road, but a year later, Zippo is completely sound and has exceeded all our expectations. We are competing in dressage again, only need to put front boots on for road hacking, and now have an expressive front foot flicky toe action that was never there before!