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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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Thursday, February 4, 2016




7:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

“Registration Time.”
Pick up your Summit materials, including additional gifts. (See Page 10 of program for details.)

8:00 - 8:05 a.m.

“Latest Summit News.” Rooms 200-205 (Duke Energy Center, Second Floor)
Get the latest International Hoof-Care Summit updates from American Farriers Journal staff members.

8:05 - 8:50 a.m.

“40 Ideas In 40 Minutes: Build A Better Practice With Backyard Horses.” Rooms 200-205 (Duke Energy Center, Second Floor)

More than 90% of American Farriers Journal readers report that they have backyard accounts. While performance horses draw much attention, the backyard horse is the backbone of the industry.

We assembled a panel of farriers whose books contain a significant percentage of backyard horses. Mark Aikens of Norwich, England; Pete Healey of San Los Obispo, Calif.; and Dean Moshier of Delaware, Ohio, will present their ideas covering the footcare and business of backyard horses.

This fast-paced session will allow each presenter 1 minute for each idea, so the presenters can cover as many ideas as possible in the time allowed.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: You’ll come away with dozens of new ideas that you can take home and immediately use to improve how you work with backyard clients.

8:50 - 9:50 a.m.

“Destroying Roadblocks That Hamper The Veterinarian-Farrier Relationship.” Rooms 200-205 (Duke Energy Center, Second Floor)

Mark Silverman

Dr. Mark Silverman

Pat Reilly

Pat Reilly

No sane farrier or veterinarian believes that they don’t need the other for helping their clients’ horses. So why does it that the two aren’t always on the same wavelength? This session will present a give-and-take between veterinarian and farrier Mark Silverman of Sporthorse Veterinary Services in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Representing the farrier point of view will be Pat Reilly of the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. Both presenters in this session have earned solid reputations for successful work with other veterinarians and farriers. The goal of this session will be to give thought to how the two groups can continue to benefit by working together rather than searching for divisiveness.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: You’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of the critical veterinarian-farrier relationship and how you can better work with the other party.

10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Your Last ‘Tool-Time’ Opportunity — Trade Show Wrap-Up.” Duke Energy Center, Third Floor

Here’s your final opportunity to check out new footcare products for 2016. SmartPak will provide coffee for the enjoyment of attendees. Lunch will be available for purchase in the Trade Show area.

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.

“Networking Break.”
Take a break after spending time at the Trade Show and share the product knowledge you gained before the next classroom sessions begin.

5 More Hoof-Care Classrooms

From among 5 Hoof-Care Classrooms, select one that will have the biggest impact on your footcare practice in 2016

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Hoof-Care Classroom #6

“Appropriate Use Of The Heart-Bar Shoe When Dealing With Hoof Wounds.” Rooms 200-205

Heart-bar shoes have a long tradition of usefulness, but are not the easiest shoes to fit properly. Cortona, Italy, veterinarian and farrier Hans Castelijns will discuss how to properly use these shoes when dealing with hoof wounds.

Taking examples from his footcare practice, he will share a concise guide of the correct ways to use the heart bar in these cases. He’ll survey other factors to consider when thinking about using this shoe.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Be armed with information to make the right shoeing decision when dealing with various hoof wounds.

Hoof-Care Classroom #7

“Looking Inside The Horse’s Hoof: How Can Advanced Imaging Help Farriers?” Room 206

Advanced imaging techniques like magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and computerized tomography scans are powerful diagnostic tools. But each has a distinctly different function.

Renate Weller of the Royal Veterinary College in England will survey each of these tools and explain their role in diagnosing problems within the foot and limb. She will use illustrative case histories to help explain the use of advanced imaging for managing foot lamenesses.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Leave with an understanding of the tools that the footcare team can use to help identify problems, and how these can help you plan the strategies to overcome them.

Hoof-Care Classroom #8

“Shoeing Strategies For Addressing Navicular Syndrome.” Rooms 207-208

Vern Dryden

Dr. Vern Dryden

Managing palmar heel pain and pathology of the navicular apparatus in the horse’s foot requires a team approach.

In this presentation, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital veterinarian and farrier Vern Dryden will discuss the diagnosis of the navicular apparatus and the surrounding area to pinpoint what the problem is. He’ll explain various therapeutic shoeing options and how they are used to reduce stress on this and surrounding areas.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Add new shoeing solutions to your arsenal for managing issues affecting the palmar heel.

Hoof-Care Classroom #9

“Understanding Balance Through Weight Bearing.” Room 211

Doug Anderson

Doug Anderson

The effects of weight bearing on the hoof capsule are at the very heart of farriery. Its effects determine hoof capsule conformation, muscular, skeletal and soft tissue alignment has a direct impact on biomechanics.

Doug Anderson struggled with this as a young farrier until he had it explained with the use of a balloon. The balloon is a representation of a hoof capsule and a finger to simulate the expression of weight bearing. As long as the force is in the center there will be balanced (equal) pressure in all directions. However, like a hoof capsule, as soon as the center of weight bearing moves out of balance then the reactions become very asymmetrical.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Come away with a fresh perspective on viewing the hoof capsule that will help you educate your footcare novice clients.

Hoof-Care Classroom #10

“Interpreting The Foot And The Radiograph: Using A Measurable System For Balance.” Room 212

The foot has four main integrated areas of balance that revolve around the center of rotation of the coffin joint. The information needed to balance the foot can be harvested from the hoof and pastern, as well as from lateral and dorsopalmar radiographs.

Building from his experiences of working with the veterinary team at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, Pete Healey will demonstrate how a cohesive measuring system between the physical foot and the radiograph can be used to evaluate and shoe the foot for equilibrium and to decrease distortion through the shoeing cycle.

Each area of balance will be analyzed using example feet and radiographs and a case study foot will be presented that documents a rehabilitation process after four shoeings.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Learn tools for building better communication between the vet, farrier and owner for proper footcare.

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

“Networking Break.”
Take a few well-deserved minutes to stretch, relax and swap footcare ideas with others before this afternoon’s general session gets underway.

3:00 - 3:20 p.m.

“2016 International Halls Of Fame Induction.” Rooms 200-205 (Duke Energy Center, Second Floor)

The American Farriers Journal staff will introduce inductees into the 2016 International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame and the 2016 International Equine Veterinarians Hall Of Fame with moving video tributes.

3:20 - 4:15 p.m.

“Evaluation For Static And Dynamic Balance.” Rooms 200-205 (Duke Energy Center, Second Floor)

Whenever presented with a horse, a farrier must take the static and dynamic states in mind. Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., vet and farrier Mark Silverman says it is a conceptual question that farriers deal with on a daily basis.

During this presentation, Silverman will walk through how he approaches this situation when considering soundness and fine-tuning the horse’s performance. He’ll then explain how these principles are applied to how you trim and shoe using examples from his sport horse practice in Southern California.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Gain tips for how you can best evaluate a horse at rest for its job in the ring, track or field.

4:15 - 5:05 p.m.

“Hoof Mapping: Where Do We Go From Here?” Rooms 200-205 (Duke Energy Center, Second Floor)

Steve Foxworth

Every year, there is a lot of talk about the “basics.” Berthoud, Colo., farrier Steve Foxworth says that one of the most widely discussed and generally confusing topics seems to be about the trim. Is it possible to come to a common understanding about what a “basic” trim should be? Is it a primary factor in soundness? Is it a foundation for which we apply an apparatus for performance, soundness or rehabilitation? What does mapping show us? Is it a starting point for shoe placement or is it much more?

These are all important questions, and are critical for understanding the next steps for mapping the foot. Foxworth will guide the audience through these to better explain the value of hoof mapping.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Learn the basic steps in mapping the foot so that you can gain greater insight from Foxworth’s next talk.

5:05 - 6:00 p.m.

“Investigating Gait Characteristics And Limb Coordination Of The Asymmetric Horse.” Rooms 200-205 (Duke Energy Center, Second Floor)

Mark Aikens

Mark Aikens

It has been speculated that asymmetric conformation of the distal limb predisposes horses to lameness, in turn affecting their performance, as a common occurrence. In his research, Norwich, England, farrier Mark Aikens questions whether a variation of gait exists in horses with asymmetrical front feet compared to those with symmetrical front feet. His study used gait analysis to assess the kinematics of five sound riding school horses with symmetrical feet.

In this presentation, Aikens will lay out how this research was conducted and what can be taken away from the results. Furthermore, this presentation can illustrate the complexity that goes into such a study.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Take away considerations for when you deal with similar conformational issues with your clients’ horses.

8 More Powerful Hoof-Care Roundtables

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

This is your opportunity to exchange the latest ideas and proven footcare strategies with fellow farriers. Go toe-to-toe with fellow attendees on the topic that holds the most interest for boosting your footcare work and income in 2016. Find answers to your pressing footcare concerns — or become a hero to another farrier by offering solid advice based on your own hoof-care experiences. Topics and moderators include:

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
17. Where Does Foot Mapping Lead The Trim? Steve Foxworth, Berthoud, Colo. — Bluegrass A and B
18. Considering All The Variables When Choosing A Pad. Dean Moshier, Delaware, Ohio — Buckeye A and B
19. What’s Going On With This Foot And How Should The Concern Be Addressed? Pat Reilly, New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, Pa.  — Regency A
(Bring digital images of a tough or perplexing case study on a jump drive or CD/DVD for open group discussion regarding the best course of action).
20. Conformational Considerations That Affect The Footcare Of The Sport Horse. Doug Anderson, Frederick, Md. — Regency B
21. Marketing: Selling Yourself To Clients, And Delivering What You Sold. Daisy Bicking Parkesburg, Pa. — Regency C
22. It Happened In A Flash: Avoiding Safety Accidents. Mark Aikens, Norfolk, England — Regency E
23. Managing Client Expectations In Laminitic Cases. Dr. Amy Rucker, Columbia, Mo. — Regency F
24. Building A Partnership With Your Supply Shop. Adam Wynbrandt, Sacramento, Calif. — Regency G