Q & A
Question: Do I have to submit an application to enter a training program?
Answer: No. You begin a program by attending a Gateway Clinic.
Question: Do I have to pay for all of the training at once?
Answer: No. All of the elements of a program are paid separately.
Question: Are there any administrative charges associated with the program?
Answer: No. There are no hidden charges or dues.
Question: A local trimmer teaches people to trim. Why should I learn through LH?
Answer: Trimming experience and certification are qualification an individual must have to teach trimming for LH. But even those important attributes are not enough. Teaching requires additional special skills. With LH you will learn from world class experts in hoof care who have also taken the time and made the effort to learn to teach effectively. Our instructors have been commended for their teaching ability and dedication by people from around the world. In addition, with LH you will not only learn how to trim but how to trim in a way that encourages the hoof to grow into a strong compact form with proper alignment of internal and external structures. This is an absolute requirement for comfort and long-term soundness. You will also learn about management and use factors that are important to developing strong healthy feet. You will learn about biomechanics and how they affect hoof shape. You will learn about performance boots and their role in natural hoof care. In the Gateway Clinic you will get extensive hands-on experience trimming cadaver hooves under the supervision of some of the top hoof care professionals in the world. Cadaver hooves provide an opportunity to learn and make mistakes without causing harm. It will prepare you to confidently go home and trim your horses knowing you can do it right and without causing harm. And additional help is always available through field instruction and informative discussion with experienced hoof care professionals.
Question: I’ve never trimmed a hoof. Can I still enter a training program.
Answer: Yes. Most people, even those with no or limited trimming experience, can competently trim normal hooves after attending a Gateway Clinic. However, aspiring professionals should continue on to certification.
Question: If I’m working toward certification, do I have to complete the program within a certain time period?
Answer: No. You advance through the program toward certification at your own pace.
Question: Is certification permanent?
Answer: Absolutely! Once you are certified no one can take it away from you. It is a testament to your accomplishment, skill and knowledge, just like a high school or college degree.
Question: Does LH offer continuing education courses?
Answer: Yes. And after successfully completing a certification program, you earn the designation Certified Hoof Care Professional, CHCP. You may go on to earn the designation Master Hoof Care Professional, MHCP. The MHCP credential is earned by a CHCP who has accumulate qualifying continuing education (CE) credits and hoof care experience following certification.
We also encourage people to return periodically to the Gateway Clinic. There is no registration fee for return visits although we do charge a fee for room and board and for hooves trimmed, if any. This is an important benefit which helps to keep hoof care professionals current with up to date information. It also provides new students an opportunity to meet and talk with others who already have gone through the training program and have developed successful natural hoof care businesses.