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2016 International Hoof-Care Summit

February 2-5, 2016 | Duke Energy Center and Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Hosted by American Farriers Journal And These IHCS Educational Partners...

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016




8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. “Registration Time.”

Pick up Summit materials, including FREE in-depth footcare materials. (See Page 10 of program for details.)

9:00 - 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. “Special Footcare Clinic.” Room 206 (Duke Energy Center, Second Floor)

Sponsored by Vettec, this is a hands-on footcare clinic that you must preregister for and is limited to 100 attendees. (Click here for details.)

9:30 - 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. “Another Bonus Footcare Clinic.” Room 207 (Duke Energy Center, Second Floor)

Presented by SmartPak, “Smart Nutrition Tips From SmartPak” requires pre-registration. (Click here for details.)

12:50 - 1:10 p.m. “Working Together For Healthy Hooves.” Rooms 200-205 (Duke Energy Center, Second Floor)

American Farriers Journal staff will outline proven steps to help you get the highest possible rate of return from your Summit attendance. They’ll also share a motivational presentation to kick off the IHCS.

1:10 - 2:00 p.m.

“An Anatomical Review Of The Features And Effects Of Different Foot Types (Part 1).” Rooms 200-205

Mitch Taylor

Mitch Taylor

How do different foot types affect the inside of the hoof and distal limb? For this presentation, Mitch Taylor, owner and operator of the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond, Ky., will bring a variety of equine cadaver feet that represent a wide spectrum of foot types Through dissecting each foot and limb at different stages, he’ll first establish a foundation for the parameters of this review.

These dissections will utilize a close-up camera so all attendees can see on a big screen the subtle anatomical details that Taylor will discuss.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Gain insights on how the same internal structures are affected differently by various foot types.

2:00 - 2:15 p.m. “Hallway Networking Opportunities.”

Stretch your legs while sharing footcare ideas with other farriers and equine vets. Attendees find all of the hallway-networking opportunities alone are well worth the price of attending the Summit.

2:15 - 3:05 p.m.

“An Anatomical Review Of The Features And Effects Of Different Foot Types (Part 2).” Rooms 200-205

Continuing these dissections, Taylor will continue this examination of different foot types. During this investigation, the hoof-care school instructor will focus on the differences foot type has on internal structure. For example, he’ll select dramatically different foot types, such as an upright vs. underslung foot, to see what effects occur to the inferior check ligament.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: This examination will help you better communicate the reasoning behind your trimming and shoeing strategies with your clients.

3:05 - 3:15 p.m. “Best Speaker Recognition And Awards.” Rooms 200-205

Several individuals from last year’s International Hoof-Care Summit will be recognized for their outstanding presentations.

3:15 - 4:05 p.m.

“Breaking Away: How Concern Over Breakover Has Sabotaged Real Gait Analysis.” Rooms 200-205

Mike Miller

Dr. Michael Miller

What are we talking about when discussing “breakover?” When defining this action, Dr. Michael Miller finds farriers tend to over-simplify and lack agreement. The Huntsville, Ala., farrier and medical doctor will examine this subject to show the complexity it holds. He’ll enlist biomechanics, anatomy and history in a thorough look at breakover and its function in gait.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Walk away with a stronger understanding of breakover that will help you better explain the concept to your clients.

7 'How-To' Hoof-Care Product Knowledge Clinics

As Summit attendees have requested, we’re offering a series of highly informative “How-To” clinics. You’ll select three of these 20-minute, direct-to-the-point sessions to attend. (Each “How-To” session will be held 3 times during this time block.)

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
1. Solutions For Safety. Kenton Morgan, DVM, DACT; Zoetis Rooms 200-205
2. Hoof Protection Options For Endurance Horses. Larkin Greene, Vettec Room 206
3. Is This Horse A Healthy Weight? How To Body Condition Score. Jessica Normand and Danvers Child, CJF; SmartPak Room 207
4. The Use Of Copper Alloy Shoes. Esco Buff, Kawell Room 208
5. Registration, Certification and Licensing. What Does It All Mean? Dan Bradley, G.E. Forge & Tool Room 209
6. A Creative Frog Support Idea. Conny Svensson, Razerhorse Room 211
7. Improve Success At Shoeing. Wes Champagne, Postyme Products Room 212
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. “Dinner On Your Own.”

Network with fellow footcare professionals at one of downtown Cincinnati’s many restaurants.

8 Informative And Inspiring Hoof-Care Roundtables

All hoof-care roundtables are on the third floor, Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.

These small group settings (24 in all held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings) offer a remarkable learning atmosphere for maximum information sharing and idea swapping that offer dozens of new footcare ideas.

Select one of the following 8 Hoof-Care Roundtables to attend. Topics and moderators are:

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

1. Hands-On Anatomy Warm-Ups. — Bluegrass A and B

This Hoof-Care Roundtable will introduce three upcoming Summit lectures — utilizing anatomy models relevant to specific program topics. Three Summit speakers (Dr. Hans Castelijns, Bob Pethick and Dr. Renate Weller) will use Horse Science models from Allie Hayes as a “warm-up” for later presentations.

This hands-on anatomy opportunity will give you a head start on the terminology and anatomy that’s a critical part of later presentations. Attendees will rotate between three tables in 20-minute sessions. (This session will be repeated later at 8:30 p.m. as Hoof-Care Roundtable #9.)

Why You Shouldn’t Miss These: Pick up new ideas to learn even more about upcoming Summit lectures and assist you in dealing with those problem horses on your client list.

2. Shoeing For Soundness In The Gait An Equine Athlete Needs In Competition. Tim Cable, Blasdell, N.Y.  Buckeye A and B
3. What We Know Vs. What We Think We Know ... And Telling The Difference? The Importance of Referencing in The Farrier Profession. Travis Burns, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, Va. — Regency A
4. Management Of Mismatched Feet. Steve Prescott, Raleigh, N.C. — Regency B
5. Who is Your Client’s Footcare Expert: You Or Google? Dave Farley, Coshocton, Ohio  Regency C
6. What Should We Consider About The Sole's Role In Weight Bearing? John Stewart, Ramona, Calif. — Regency E
7. Good Practices Vs. Poor Practices With Bar Shoes. Tim Shannon, Moreno Valley, Calif. — Regency F
8. For New Farriers (Apprentice To Third Year) Only. (This session will focus only on finding clients.) Bob Smith, Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School, Plymouth, Calif. — Regency G

More Peer-To-Peer Learning — 8 More Helpful Hoof-Care Roundtables

Select another Hoof-Care Roundtable to share what's working for you, ask questions and learn from other attendees.

8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
9. Hands-On Anatomy Warm-Ups. (Repeated session, see Hoof-Care Roundtable #1 above) — Bluegrass A and B
10. Balancing Your Practice Between The Needs Of Different Disciplines. Curtis Burns, Wellington, Fla. — Buckeye A and B
11. Thoughts On Breakover And The Hind Foot. Randy Luikart, Ashland, Ohio — Regency A
12. Business Mistakes That Cost Farriers Money And How You Overcome Them. Esco Buff, Webster, N.Y. — Regency B
13. Ethics: How Are We Doing As An Industry? Dave Farley, Coshocton, Ohio — Regency C
14. Managing A Horse Coming Back From Clinical Care To Your Practice. Steve Kraus, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. — Regency E
15. Tackling Soft Tissue Injuries With Sport Horses. Danvers Child, Lafayette, Ind. — Regency F
16. For New Farriers (Apprentice To Third Year) Only. (This session will focus on early errors that limit or destroy farrier practices.) Bob Smith, Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School, Plymouth, Calif. — Regency G