Step 7 — Case Studies & AANHCP Practitioner Locator List


Step 7 — Student Practitioner, Level 1 status on AANHCP website

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     Following successful completion of both Step 6 written and field exams, students are granted the status of “Student Practitioner, Level I” and are listed publicly on the Practitioner Locator List of the AANHCP, our affiliate organization's website. Listing on this website is a privilege that honors our model -- the wild, free-roaming horse of the U.S. Great Basin. Good standing in accordance with the AANHCP's Oath of Allegiance (Oath) and Disciplinary Policy (DP) is a requirement to be listed. The Oath and DP are included in the ISNHCP Training Manual. Be sure to study both of them closely. They are our contracts with each other!

     As a Level 1 student practitioner, you have several requirements to fulfill before moving forward to Step 8 status as a Student Practitioner, Level 2. These include:

  • Paying AANHCP membership dues.
  • Submitting two case studies.

     When all of the requirements for Step 7 have been met, the ISNHCP will authorize you to move to Step 8 (Student Practitioner, Level 2).

AANHCP Annual Dues

     All ISNHCP students and graduates posted on the AANHCP website are required to pay annual dues. Go here to pay your dues.

     After paying your dues, email your contact information to the AANHCP. Include the following in this format:

Your name, SP Level 1
State or Province, Country
City or region you will serve
Phone number the public can reach you at
Email address
Website (optional)

     If you will be trimming in more than one state, province, or country, then provide additional of contact information for each service area in the same format.

     Once we have your correct contact information, you will be posted on the AANHCP website. To protect personal privacy, we will not publish residential addresses.

Case Studies

     As a Level 1 student practitioner, you are required to conduct two case studies (one horse per study) demonstrating that you are able to successfully conduct the natural trim without issues for the entire period of one hoof growth cycle ("1 hgc" = nine months to one year). Study horses should be sound -- not diagnosed as being clinically "lame" -- from the beginning to the end of the study period. A horse so diagnosed cannot move naturally, typically due to pain, which can be caused by mechanical trauma, metabolic diseases, or neurological disorders.

Specific guidelines for the case studies are included on the ISNHCP DVD of learning materials. Follow all the guidelines. Submissions that ignore these may result in rejection of your case studies. Studies are evaluated by the ISNHCP.

     After a minimum of nine months (but no more than 15 months of working in the field as a Level 1 Student Practitioner), email the ISNHCP to let us know that your case studies are completed and ready for submission.There is a $150 evaluation fee for your case studies. After paying this fee, submit your case studies according to guidelines included on the DVD.

     Make your payment here.

     Case studies that are incomplete or incorrect will be rejected. The ISNHCP will let you know what you will have to do to render them acceptable. You will be required to pay evaluation fees for any resubmitted case studies.