February 2-5, 2016 • Cincinnati, Ohio

13thannualInternational hoof-care Summit

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gateway to
better footcare

4 days and dozens of hours of non-stop, in-depth footcare learning … plus networking with others in your profession who are dedicated to self-improvement.

Top Experts. Worldwide Experience.

  • Hans Castelijns

    Dr. Hans Castelijns


    Cortona, Italy

  • Dr. Renate Weller

    Dr. Renate Weller


    Royal Veterinary College, England

  • Bob Pethick

    Bob Pethick


    Califon, NJ

  • Mitch Taylor

    Mitch Taylor


    Kentucky Horseshoeing School
    Richmond, KY

Valuable tips, ideas and techniques from:

  • Mark Aikens, Farrier, Norwich, England
    Dean Moshier, Farrier, Delaware, Ohio
    Pete Healey, Farrier, San Los Obispo, Calif.

    Will participate in a panel discussing how to build a better practice with backyard horses.

  • Dr. Mark Silverrman, Veterinarian/Farrier, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
    Will pull samples from his California clinic and demonstrate how he and the resident farrier approached repairing the hoof wall for each.
  • Steve Foxworth, Farrier, Berthoud, Colo.
    Will guide the audience through the all-important basic questions that are critical for understanding the value of hoof mapping.
  • Curtis Burns from Polyflex, Wellington, Fla.
    Steve Kraus, Head of Farrier Services, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, N.y.
    Pat Reilly, New Bolton Center, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, Pa.

    Will participate in a panel that discusses how user error contributes to misconceptions of adhesives use and is often to blame in a poor outcome for the horse.
  • Thilo Pfau, Researcher, Royal Veterinary College in England
    Will provide advice for you to help your owners gain insight into assessing their horse’s gait and re-evaluating the soundness of their horses.
  • Vern Dryden, Veterinarian/Farrier, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington Ky.
    Will discuss considerations to recognize about footing when working with your clients’ horses.


Trade Show Sessions offering you the first look at 2016 products.


General sessions





Plus 24 how-to clinics

Special Thanks To Our 2016 Educational Partners:

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Additional conference information


Register online for $359. Apprentices/student registration is $194.50. To register offline, please download the 2016 Registration form.

Hotel Reservations:

You can reserve your hotel rooms online at the special International Hoof-Care Summit rate of $119 per night or by calling (888) 421-1442. If you are calling from outside the U.S., dial (402) 592-6464. Make sure you mention the International Hoof-Care Summit to get the special rate. Room availability is limited, so be sure to make your room reservations as soon as possible.

IHCS Sponsors:

For information about each of the 2016 International Hoof-Care Summit sponsors, click their logo above.

Don't Miss These Two Educational Opportunties To Be Held BEFORE The Summit Begins!

1) Vettec Clinic: Tuesday, Feb. 2nd. 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Join Vettec as they provide two special hands-on clinics where attendees can visit several stations that will each feature a different use and application of Vettec materials for various hoof-care needs. Each clinic is limited to only 50 IHCS attendees, so save your spot now by visiting AmericanFarriers.com/Vettec.

2) SmartPak's "Smart Nutrition Tips Clinic:" Tuesday, Feb. 2nd. 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Join SmartPak as they present "Smart Nutrition Tips from SmartPak," featuring Jessica Normand, Senior Director of Equine Health for SmartPak, and Danvers Child, CJF. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the major factors of nutrition, especially its relation to the hoof health of your clients' horses. Sign up for this clinic at AmericanFarriers.com/SmartPak.

Continuing Education Credits:

Members of the American and Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers can earn enough credit hours at the International Hoof-Care Summit to fulfill all of their annual continuing education requirements.

Downtown Map/Parking

If you're seeking a map of downtown Cincinnati and/or contact information for alternative parking lots outside of the hotels, download parking map.

Airport Transportation

Transportation from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is available via Executive Transportation. Service desks are located in every terminal in the baggage claim area. Cost is $30 roundtrip or $22 one way. Reservations can be made via e-mail (prepay with a credit card or pay at the Executive Transportation desk at the airport) or call (800) 990-8841. You can also purchase tickets at the airport, but you may have to wait for the next available shuttle.

Things to Do/Dining

Download and print a map of downtown Cincinnati for points of interest and things to do in the downtown area. View a list of restaurants and places to dine.

Questions about the International
Hoof-Care Summit?

Contact American Farriers Journal
by phone at (866) 839-8455
or (262) 432-0388
by fax at (262) 786-5564;

by email at

or by mail at
P.O. Box 624
Brookfield, WI 53008-0624