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Standardizing excellence in hoof care.

Our practitioners strive to promote and educate about the importance of a wholistic view of equine podiatry, including an understanding of hoof function, new trimming techniques and how changes in equine management, diet and husbandry promote healing and soundness for the hooves and the whole equine, as well as promoting the practice of maintaining healthy hooves with flexible protection.

In January 2021, a small group of barefoot trimmers got together to chat about a few needs each saw in the trimming industry in their provinces. At the end of this informal meeting a decision was made to rise to the occasion, bring more trimmers to the table, and create some guidelines for the profession. It took about six months of weekly meetings with trimmers across the country to create a “codex” for the practice and standards of the profession.

The CEHCA codex reflects the work that is being done in other fields of animal health care, with the goal of creating a clear set of standards for the benefit of professionals, animal owners, and of course, the horses themselves.

CEHCA operates as a registered not-for-profit association uniting its members in an ongoing quest for personal and industry-wide development. We invite you to join us in creating a professional, pan-Canadian community.

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What it means to be a member

The CEHCA community is here to support one another through our professional network, where members can connect on a regular basis. Whether you are in search of insight on a hoof care case, or just want to stay up to date regarding upcoming clinics and workshops, every member is welcome to reach out through the membership. Networking with fellow trimmers in your area offers additional resources. Certified mentors are also available to support you with your tough cases.

Just a few of the many good reasons for professional practitioners to become CEHCA members :

  • To be part of a growing movement to professionalize our trade
  • To be a part of a professional community and get support from your colleagues.
  • To be invited to special professional development events.

Visit the membership page for details about how to join.

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Preparing your horse’s hooves for winter

by Rachel Gedaliya CEHCA member You may ask what it means to prepare your horses’ hooves for winter, after all horses have been wintering on earth for millenniums … Winter brings a different pace, with its cold air and a blankets of snow, short days, and little to no fresh grass to graze on depending […]

7 November 2022 / Read more

Leading by example

A welcome message from Christine Tomlin, who along with Francine Labossière, owns and operates Hoof Geeks Barefoot Hoof Care. Francine and Christine travel Western Canada teaching and empowering horse owners in remote locations to take control of their horses’ hooves and bring them back to soundness.

23 September 2021 / Read more

What makes a natural bare foot?

Our model is based on the wild horse’s foot found in the American West. These horses travel many kilometres a day over some of the most rugged terrain known. Yet they do not suffer lameness caused by laminitis or navicular disease as their domestic cousins do.

10 November 2021 / Read more