Summit Speaker Decision Based On Core Principle

Gene Ovineck is coming back to the International Hoof-Care Summit, and there are some people who aren’t happy about that.

During the 2010 Summit, controversy arose after an Ovineck presentation. The Penrose, Colo., farrier who developed the Natural Balance shoeing method, showed a series of Power Point slides of the progress a particular hoof made while being treated by a trimming protocol.

However, one slide in that series was of a different hoof than that shown in the rest. Some of the attendees, notably Alabama farrier Mike Miller, called him on it.

Fraud Or Honest Mistake?

Miller, an orthopedic surgeon as well as an AFA Certified Journeyman Farrier and a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers of Great Britain, sees it as deliberate. He labels it an “academic fraud” on his Facebook profile.

Ovineck calls it an honest mistake or, perhaps more accurately, a sin of omission. In a written explanation to Summit attendees after the event, he admitted the slide in question was not from the same horse, but was used to represent how the hoof appeared at a particular phase that he didn’t have a picture for.

He wrote that he intended to inform the audience of this fact, but forgot to do so.

Our Response

American Farriers Journal asked Ovineck to respond to the charges, and he did so, as outlined above. Let’s make it clear that we were not happy about the use of the picture in question, and made this point clear to Ovineck…

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Pat tearney

Pat Tearney

Pat Tearney is a long-term newspaper and magazine veteran writer and editor. Before retiring, he served for a number of years on the American Farriers Journal staff and continues to share his writing talents with our readers.

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