Tufts Delves Into Drafts

Tightly focused event delivers big on big horses

TROTTING A DRAFT. Ned Niemiec, farrier for Hallamore Corp., trots one of the company’s Clydesdales during a draft horse hoof-care event at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

If you wanted to know more about shoeing draft horses or other large breeds and weren’t in attendance at a recent seminar held at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, Mass., you missed a great opportunity.

The three-day seminar was the fourth “Hoof Care For A New Millennium” program sponsored by the vet school in recent years. The seminars are intensely focused programs concentrating on various aspects of one topic. They are earning a spot among the premier hoof-care educational events in New England as well as the rest of the country. This year, an impressive panel of farriers and veterinarians gathered to share their expertise on draft horses.

The panel included:

Roger J. Clark, a fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers of Great Britain and a member of its examination board. Clark is an internationally recognized heavy horse expert, especially for the Shire, Percheron and Suffolk breeds.

Greg Ferraro, a veterinarian and director of the University of California-Davis Center for Equine Health, a specialist in disorders of the draft horse limb.

Michael Wildenstein, a certified journeyman farrier and a fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers of Great Britain. Wildenstein, the resident farrier at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., is a draft horse enthusiast, owner and author.

Dallas Goble, a veterinarian and associate professor of…

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