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...
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
|7:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.||
Pick up your guide to the Summit, along with extra gifts from American Farriers Journal and sponsors. (See Page 10 of program for details.)
|8:00 - 8:05 a.m.||
“Get The Most Out Of Your Time At The IHCS.” Rooms 200-205 (Duke Energy Center, Second Floor)
Before this morning’s opening general session, learn how to spot the real gems in today’s program. American Farriers Journal staff will outline proven steps to help you select the specific sessions that will be most valuable in furthering your hoof-care education and career.
|8:05 - 8:55 a.m.||
The Burney Chapman Memorial Lecture, Presented by Life Data Labs — “Why Equine Bones Break And Tendons Rupture: Is It Inevitable?” Rooms 200-205 (Duke Energy Center, Second Floor)
Dr. Renate Weller
The vet-farrier team may have to come together to overcome the challenge of a catastrophic injury to a performance horse. But what actually caused this challenge to occur? In this presentation, Renate Weller, a researcher and veterinarian at the Royal Veterinary College in England, will discuss the functional anatomy of the horse in relation to these injuries. By understanding the anatomy of the horse and the physics placed on their day-to-day work, Weller believes we should have a greater appreciation of how these horses remain sound at all. This annual lecture is named for Burney Chapman, the late Lubbock, Texas, farrier whose work influenced so many veterinarians and farriers. Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Gain insight into how complex variables in the footcare strategies can help prevent severe limb and foot injuries to performance horses.
|8:55 - 9:00 a.m.||
“Recognizing Summit Mail-In Forging Exercise Winner.” Rooms 200-205 (Duke Energy Center, Second Floor)
Find out who submitted the best contest shoe (aluminum shoe with a steel bar made from a rasp). This IHCS contest is sponsored by Victory. See the top shoes on display in the AFJ booth during the three Wednesday and Thursday Trade Show sessions.
|9:00 a.m - 9:50 a.m.||
“Shoeing The Hind Limb For Performance And Therapy (Part 1).” Rooms 200-205 (Duke Energy Center, Second Floor)
Dr. Hans Castelijns
Normal biomechanics of the equine hind limb is quite different from the fore limb. Researchers have compared the horse’s front limb to a weight supporting “elephant-like” limb, and the hind limb to a propulsive “cat-like” limb. In the presentation, Cortona, Italy, veterinarian and farrier Hans Castelijns will survey the anatomy and biomechanics of the hind limb. This will lead him to review how the soundness of the hinds can be compromised. Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Gain valuable information on the hinds that will be necessary to learning the strategies presented in Castelijn’s Friday afternoon talk on the subject.
|10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||
“Trade Show Time.” Duke Energy Center, Third Floor
Get your first glimpse of all of the new products for 2016 and talk one-on-one with company experts. SmartPak will provide coffee for attendees during this session. You also can purchase a lunch so you can take advantage of this opportunity to meet with and discuss ideas with more than 130 Trade Show exhibitors.
5 Powerful Hoof-Care Classrooms
Choose among 5 Hoof-Care Classrooms for specialized footcare learning that fits your exact wants and needs. Send others from your group to other Hoof-Care Classroom sessions to pick up more valuable footcare ideas — then later compare the ideas each of you harvested.
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Hoof-Care Classroom #1
"What Farriers Can Affect— And What They Can’t.” Rooms 200-205
In a continuation of his previous talk, Huntsville, Ala., farrier and medical doctor Michael Miller will examine how much influence the farrier has on breakover and gait pattern. He’ll survey new technologies that will help researchers greater understand what is actually going on during equine locomotion. His presentation will provide insight on considerations the farrier needs to better manage feet. More importantly, Miller will balance what farriers think they are doing with things that are out of the control of the hoof-care provider.
Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Take away an understanding of how recognizing your limitations in altering a horse’s gait can help you best keep the foot healthy.
Hoof-Care Classroom #2
“Hoof Wall Rebuilds: Combining The Old And The New.” Room 206
Dr. Mark Silverman
In this session, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., veterinarian and farrier Mark Silverman will discuss the basics and mechanics of repairing the hoof wall. Silverman will pull samples form his California clinic and how he and the resident farrier approach the application. A severe case study will demonstrate the need for understanding this footcare need.
Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Make sure you avoid costly mistakes during the process of rebuilding the hoof wall.
Hoof-Care Classroom #3
“Whole Horse Biomechanics: Looking At The Race Horse.” Rooms 207-208
Dr. Thilo Pfau
As a researcher at the Royal Veterinary College in England, Thilo Pfau has a keen interest in the use of innovative techniques for the assessment of ground locomotion. Using these techniques, he’s studied the work of Thoroughbred racehorse. In this presentation, Pfau will analyze the high speed gallop of these equine athletes. He’ll reveal how the information gleaned helps us understand the performance injuries that occur with these horses.
Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Digest this information revealed about track Thoroughbreds and apply it to the performance horses you work with regardless of discipline.
Hoof-Care Classroom #4
“Considerations For Hoof-Pastern Alignment.” Room 211
San Los Obispo, Calif., farrier Pete Healey says that historically little has been written about the hoof-pastern axis (HPA) other than when balanced this should be a straight axis. However, there is a lot more to it than that. The vector of the pastern axis is significant to the load bearing areas of the foot, the palmar angle of the coffin bone and the tension of the ligaments and tendons in the lower limb. This presentation will show how to measure and evaluate the hoof-pastern axis, describing the five HPA conformations, the relationship of pastern extension to lameness and the differences of pastern alignment between the right and left fore limbs and the hind limbs.
Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Learn a mechanical formula that you can apply to correct broken-back axis concerns.
Hoof-Care Classroom #5
“SHOEING FOR SPECIFIC DISCIPLINES: Keeping Polo Horses Competing.” Room 212
As a polo rider, umpire and farrier, Cornell University’s Steve Kraus has a unique understanding of the horse’s footcare needs. He’ll deliver plenty of keen insight to this presentation. Kraus will touch on many of the complex variables that affect the hoof care of these equine athletes, including rule changes to what’s allowed with shoeing. He’ll discuss some of the shoeing strategies when dealing with lameness issues common with these horses.
Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Gain knowledge about this discipline that can help you grow your practice.
|2:15 - 2:30 p.m.||
“Valuable Hallway Networking Time.”
|2:30 - 2:40 p.m.||
"2015 Rising Shoeing Star Awards." Rooms 200-205
This program honors three outstanding students who are earning a living as farriers just 3 years after graduating in 2012 from one of North America’s more than 50 public and private horseshoeing schools. The program’s goal is to promote the importance of continuing footcare education, while encouraging young shoers to develop the talents needed for a successful career. Sponsors include Electric Hoof Knife, Hawthorne Products, Life Data Labs, Purcell Farrier Supply, R.J. Matthews Co., Vettec and American Farriers Journal.
|2:40 - 3:30 p.m.||
“Hoof Capsule Management For Sheared Heels And Quarter Cracks.” Rooms 200-205
The forces placed on the hoof capsule are astounding. When problems arise that compromise this structure, the farrier must act. Having an understanding of why distortion occurs in the back half of the hoof capsule is paramount in coming up with a solution. Califon, N.J., farrier Bob Pethick will pull from his experiences and research on how to best approach this issue. By providing insight on why these problems arise, Pethick then can explain solutions to overcome these challenges. Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Walk away with a greater understanding of how to address problems affecting the hoof capsule.
|3:30 to 6:30 p.m.||
“More Trade Show Footcare Product Time.” Duke Energy Center, Third Floor
Here’s your second chance to talk over new products and existing product applications with key industry leaders. SmartPak will provide beer and lemonade during this session.
|7:30 - 9:00 p.m.||
“American Association Of Professional Farriers/International Association Of Professional Farriers Annual Meeting.”
All Summit attendees are invited to the AAPF/IAPF’s annual meeting, where you will hear about the group’s previous year and look ahead to 2016-2017.