26 Tips from the 2020 Summit Roundtables

Farriers and veterinarians tap into collective wisdom at the International Hoof-Care Summit Roundtables

Pictured Above: Farriers and equine veterinarians from around the world presented practical insight and cutting-edge research to improve attendees’ hoof-care practices.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Rely on the experiences of other farriers to help you work through difficult cases.
  • Be willing to discuss off-the-wall ideas from clients and gently steer them to sources with sound research-based references.
  • Honestly evaluate your shoeing techniques and be able to justify them with valuable and sound rationale. However, be open to others and evaluate them with a critical eye.

The 17th annual International Hoof-Care Summit drew farriers and equine veterinarians to Cincinnati, Ohio, for 4 days of footcare education. With a theme of “Focus on Hoof Care for a Healthier Horse", the Summit demonstrated why it’s truly international with attendees and exhibitors representing 21 countries.

Attendees were immersed in intense footcare education consisting of 16 Gen­eral Session presentations, 14 Hoof-Care Classrooms, 32 Hoof-Care Roundtables and 18 How-To Clinics. They also enjoyed 10 uninterrupted hours at the Trade Show, featuring 131 exhibitors.

Although most attendees might say they went to the Summit for continuing education, Lafayette, Ind., farrier Danvers Child believes there’s a deeper reason, which he shared in the closing notes for the 2020 IHCS.

“Maybe you’re pursuing your passion,” says the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member. “That’s how I ended up here. I’m passionate about helping horses, shoeing horses and working with horses. Maybe…

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