Overview of ISNHCP Training Steps & Fees

Overview of ISNHCP Training Steps & Fees

     Below is a summary of all the training steps leading to full "ISNHCP Practitioner" status posted on the practitioner locator list of our AANHCP affiliate's public website. Return to the "Natural Trim Training Program" drop down menu and click on any of the training steps to learn more.

Step 1 - Independent Study ($1400*) -- Includes required learning materials and ISNHCP Training Manual. Students study the academic foundations of natural hoof care (NHC). Quizzes with answer keys are provided as study aids. See list of learning materials that are included with Step 1 registration fee. 

(*Step 1 registration fee is non-refundable as we occur time and expense commitments immediately, including processing of payment/s, costs and shipping fees of learning materials, creation of student files, communication with student's Step 2 clinician, processing and review and discussion of application and assessment of student's qualifications for training program, webinar orientation sessions, creation of the student's training chart, and other communications between the ISNHCP and the student.) 

  • Written Examination ($25) -- Students are examined for their understanding of Independent Study learning materials. Exam questions emphasize those materials that focus principally on trimming, horse handling, and tool handling.
  • Tools & Equipment -- Students must purchase the required tools and equipment in preparation for Step 2 (Cadaver Trim Clinic) and Step 3 (Sequencing Clinic). See list of Tools/Equipment here (also accessible on "Student Store" drop down menu).
  • Assignment to Support Group -- All ISNHCP students are now required to join a support group either of their choice or by order of the ISNHCP. The purpose of the support groups is to provide peer based study time together as they choose, obtain clarification of the training program from the SG host or fellow members, and -- where possible -- come together to practice what they are being taught in a clinic type environment. The support groups are not run by the ISNHCP, nor our clinicians and Field Instructors, but by the students themselves. 

Step 2 - Cadaver Trim Clinic ($1400 - $2500) -- This clinic may be combined with Step 3 (Sequencing Clinic). Students learn to apply the principles of the natural trim studied in Step 1 to cadaver hooves. Clinic fees vary by clinician and if Steps 2 and 3 are offered together.

Step 3 - Sequencing Clinic (varies by clinician) - Sequencing is an extremely important foundational part of your training. It includes efficient tool and equipment management during trimming; effective and humane horse handling and communication skills; and optimal body positioning of the horse, trimmer and (if participating) handler. Sequencing, in other words, includes those strategically important things that we do that are supportive of the trimmer’s efforts to trim the horse. Sequencing in so important in its own right that it is taught separately from trimming until such time that the student is sufficiently skilled and prepared to bring both together. This clinic may be offered with Step 2 by clinicians or as stand alone clinics. This clinic is a prerequisite to advancing to Step 4. It may be taken at any time after Step 1 is completed. Fees are set by clinicians and may vary by the number of students participating and the number of actual training days per student.

  • Sequencing video evaluation ($100) - students must produce a video for the ISNHCP to evaluate. Students must be able demonstrate on one horse that they are physically in shape and can sequence according to Step 3 clinic standards taught to them. A detailed evaluation of the student's performance are emailed to the student.

Step 4 - Live Horse Trim Clinic (varies by clinician) - This is a one-on-one training session with your clinician. The purpose of this clinic is twofold: 1) to provide you with sufficient experience and confidence that you can begin practicing on your own or friends' horses, and 2) to prepare you for your Step 5 Field Mentorships. Fees are set by clinicians and may vary by the number of students participating and the number of actual training days per student.

  • Sequencing & trimming video submission ($100) -- Following the Step 4 Live Horse Trim Clinic, and after returning home to practice on their own or other trusted person's horses, students will submit a second video to the ISNHCP that demonstrates their proficiency in combined sequencing and trimming on one horse in order to continue on to the field mentorships. Guidelines for the video submission are included in the Training Manual. The video will be evaluated by the ISNHCP and a critique will be provided to the student. As with your Step 3 video submission, this video confirmation of capability is also very important because your Step 5 Mentorships are intended to expand upon this foundation. Your Field Instructors will be putting you under a range of horses with a diversity of hoof proportions. Your task will be to adapt the natural trim guidelines you learned to each hoof -- an impossible task if either your sequencing (Step 3) or ability to wield tools (Step 2) is not confirmed.

Step 5 — Field Mentorships ($200 per mentorship day) -- Following successful completion of the Step 4 Live Horse Trim Clinic, and approval by the ISNHCP of the Step 4 Video Evaluation, students will move forward to the Step 5 Field Mentorship phase of their training program. Field Instructors will take you into the field to trim on client, or in some cases their own, horses. All students must initially complete at least (a minimum) 10 field mentorships (10 days of training on live horses) with at least three different AANHCP Certified NHC Field Instructors, and no more than four mentorships with one Field Instructor. Step 5 is an extremely important phase of your training as it exposes you to real life situations -- dealing with scheduling, clients, and horses you know nothing about. Step 5 encompasses all that you've learned to date and is the final preparation before you take the field alone as an ISNHCP student practitioner.

Step 6 — Student Practitioner, Level 1: Final Exams -- Following the successful completion of your 10th mentorship, the Field Instructor will advise the ISNHCP if the you are ready to take your Student Practitioner final exams which consist of a Final Written Exam followed by a Final Field Exam. The final exams should be scheduled as soon as possible after your final field mentorship but no more than 30 days following the last field mentorship unless special recommendations or other arrangements are made in advance with the ISNHCP.

  • Final Written Exam ($35) -- The is an "open book" written exam taken online. Questions cover every facet of your training. There is a $35 fee to take the exam. The ISNHCP will notify you of the results of your written exam.

  • Final Field Exam ($250) -- You must schedule your field exam with any one of the clinicians listed on the "Meet Our Clinicians" drop down menu. The fee for taking the field exam is $250 paid directly to your selected clinician. This exam will require that you trim one horse in less than one hour in accordance with ISNHCP natural trim and sequencing guidelines. The ISNHCP will notify you of the results of your field exam.

Step 7 — Student Practitioner status on AANHCP website -- Following successful completion of both Step 6 written and field exams, students are granted the status of “Student Practitioner” and are listed publicly on the Practitioner Locator List of our affiliate organization's website, the AANHCP. Listing on this website is a privilege that honors our model -- the wild, free-roaming horse of the U.S. Great Basin. Now before the public's eye, you are ready to take on clients. This is a big moment -- horse owners you never knew in your area will contact you for help. Uphold the highest standards of training you received, and before long word will spread and you will be in demand. Determined students can earn back all they paid for their training within a year.

  • AANHCP Annual Dues -- All ISNHCP students and graduates posted on the AANHCP website are required to pay annual dues. Go here to learn more about paying your membership dues.

Step 8 — ISNHCP Practitioner, Final Exams -- After one year of working in the field and developing a clientele of your own, you are ready to advance to the final phase of your training as an "ISNHCP Practitioner." There are two final requirements:.

  • Payment of dues to the AANHCP -- All ISNHCP students and graduates posted on the AANHCP website are required to pay annual dues.

  • Final field review ($250) -- This is a day long mentorship that you must schedule with any one of the clinicians listed on the "Meet Our Clinicians" drop down menu. The fee for taking the field exam is $250 paid directly to your selected clinician. 

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