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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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Friday, February 5, 2016




Final Call — Pick From 5 Highly-Intensive Hoof-Care Classrooms

Attend the Hoof-Care Classroom that will have the biggest impact on your 2016 footcare work.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Hoof-Care Classroom #11

“Assessing The Value Of Information And Gathering Your Own Data.” Regency A, B and C (Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, Third Floor) 

In this joint lecture, Dr. Renate Weller and Dr. Thilo Pfau of the Royal Veterinary College in England will discuss how to evaluate information presented to you. Oftentimes, it can be difficult to discern the viability of footcare information. The pair will help you understand essential ways to question what your hear and read.

The researchers will then lend their advice on how to conduct personal studies that are feasible for the practicing farrier. This will cover how to properly design and execute research within your practice.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: You’ll be armed with new insights to be critical of information presented to you, without becoming cynical.

Hoof-Care Classroom #12

“Using A Grading Scale To Better Recognize Hoof Capsule Distortions.” Regency E

What else can we learn from hoof mapping? In a continuation of his first talk, Berthoud, Colo., farrier Steve Foxworth asks what if farriers were able to consistently grade the severity of hoof capsule distortions.

We often hear that the frog is bad and unhealthy, or the heels are crushed, sheared and underrun, or the toe is too long. What makes the frog healthy or unhealthy? How far are the heels underrun? How long is too long for the toe?

In this lecture, Foxworth will present an approach to hoof capsule management and foot function improvement through the use of hoof mapping and hoof distortion grading.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Get insight to better manage the hoof capsule through hoof mapping.

Hoof-Care Classroom #13

“How To Make And Apply A Continuous Cuff Shoe For P3 Fractures.” Regency F

Esco Buff

Esco Buff

There are several farrier treatment options utilized for the immobilization of distal phalanx fractures. Considering how important correct farriery can be at helping accomplish this, the best farrier treatment option would be to apply a shoe that has the greatest immobilization.

Webster, N.Y., farrier Esco Buff will explain his process for making, modifying and applying this shoe, and when it may be a better option than other modalities.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Learn a successful method of therapeutic shoeing that combines several external farrier treatments in one device.

Hoof-Care Classroom #14

“Proper And Consistent Photography Of The Equine Foot.” Regency G

Martin Kenny

Martin Kenny

One thing that sets the farrier up for failure when comparing photographs is when the images weren’t taken at the same exact angle with the same exact parameters. Farriers must have a way to set up the view that is repeatable every time, no matter where you see the horse.

Carthage, N.C., farrier Martin Kenny wants to see farriers abandon their smartphone cameras for taking photos for comparison proposes. Kenny will demonstrate why he believes that there is little value to use smartphones for this reason. Instead, he’ll present his protocol for collecting this data for more effective use later.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Learn a better process for collecting comparable photographs of the horses you work with.

Hoof-Care Classroom #15

“A Look At Hoof Knife Sharpening That Isn’t Dull.” Bluegrass A and B

Matt Mauer

Matt Maurer

You have knife sharpening all figured out, right? Guess again. No matter what brand knife you use or how often you sharpen it, you’ll look at knives differently after seeing this talk. Argyle, Wis., farrier and knifesmith Matt Maurer will completely dissect the sharpening process, giving insight with microscopic detail. Visual displays will help you make the connection between your knife and the minor details that Mauer shows.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Learn steps to sharpen your knives that will help keep them sharper longer.

9:00 - 9:20 a.m.

“Networking Break.”
During a break in this morning’s activities, share some take-home points you picked up from the hoof-care classroom you just attended.

9:20 - 10:10 a.m.

“Alternative Approach In Rehabilitating The Chronically Laminitic Foot Using Composite Materials.” Regency A, B and C

Daisy Bicking

Daisy Bicking

The chronically laminitic horse often has foot problems that lead to euthanasia despite the best owner care and veterinary diagnostics. Common problems that are difficult to resolve are phalangeal/capsular misalignments, thin soles and poorly attached hoof wall.

Parkesburg, Pa. farrier Daisy Bicking will explain how horses in this situation can be helped by using carefully designed and placed support devices. This presentation will discuss how these problems can be successfully addressed using glue and composite materials.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Learn how to use glue and composite materials for chronically laminitic horses.

10:10 - 11:00 a.m.

“Lies And Damn Near Lies.” Regency A, B and C

John Stewart

John Stewart

Who believes everything they read about horses’ feet? Most people are likely to read an article and accept it as “good” if it reflects their opinion and consider it “wrong” or outdated if it doesn’t, and disregard these articles.

John Stewart of Ramon, Calif., says certain details about horses’ feet seem to have been repeated so often they are accepted as fact but may not be so, or may only be so in certain situations. In his talk, the farrier and former veterinarian in the United Kingdom will discuss some of these oft-repeated “facts,” and try to show why some are probably not true or might apply only in some circumstances.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Learn why there are times you may be expounding opinion, mistaking the notion as fact.

11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

The Better Practices, Better Results Lecture, Presented by Kinetic Vet: “Shoeing Based On Disciplines And Different Footings.” 
Regency A, B and C

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital farrier and veterinarian Vern Dryden reminds that the surface a horse works on has been documented as a risk factor for injury. However, other risk factors include the riders decisions, athletic ability, fitness and conformation of the horse.

Farriery for an individual horse must take into consideration existing hoof and limb morphologies and extensively make adjustments for horse-hoof-ground interactions due to surface variance.

There is a high demand for quality equine riding surfaces driven by many factors such as; horse and rider safety, weather patterns, increased participation in equine sporting events, and increased demands of the equine athlete.

Performance and safety are key components to consider when evaluating a riding surface. Developing a surface that is consistent with sufficient support to prevent injury and assists in achieving an optimal performance is essential.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Go home with considerations to make about footing when working with your clients’ horses.

11:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

“Eliminating Mistakes And Misconceptions That Hamper The Use Of Adhesives.” Regency A, B and C

Pat Reilly

Pat Reilly

Steve Krause

Steve Kraus

Curtis Burns

Curtis Burns

Sometimes if a glue-on application didn’t go well, the reason can be user error. But what happens when the users blame the product or procedure rather turning that finger around to point at themselves?

We gathered a panel of adhesive experts that will lend the advice that they’ve gathered over years of practice. Their discussion will also tackle misconceptions of adhesive use that results in a poor outcome for the horse.

The panel includes:

  • Curtis Burns, Polyflex, Wellington, Fla.
  • Steve Kraus, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Pat Reilly, New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, Pa.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: This session will give you tips to more effectively use adhesives in your footcare practice.

1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

“Look Above The Feet: Head And Pelvic Movement Asymmetries At Trot In Riding Horses.” Regency A, B and C

Recent studies evaluating owner sound horses have identified a large proportion of horses with motion asymmetries, but the prevalence, type and magnitude of asymmetries have not been investigated.

As a researcher at the Royal Veterinary College in England, Thilo Pfau says the increasing use of objective lameness evaluation necessitates a further characterization of the differences between lameness and motion asymmetries. This study investigated prevalence, as well as quantified type and magnitude of motion asymmetries of riding horses. Pfau will explain how the results.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Help your owners gain insight into assessing their horse’s gait and re-evaluating the soundness of their horses.

2:20 - 3:10 p.m.

“Shoeing The Hind Limb For Performance And Therapy (Part 2)” Regency A, B and C

In a continuation of his presentation on the hind limbs, Hans Castelijns will present his uniform trimming protocol for the hind feet, based on the philosophy of leaving what belongs to the foot and trimming away what has grown in excess. He’ll then present various options to employ with common sport injuries of the hind limbs.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: Learn new shoeing strategies for the hinds that will help keep performance horses competing.

3:10 - 3:25 p.m.

“Ready ... Set ... Go! ” Regency A, B and C

Columbia, Mo., veterinarian Amy Rucker will deliver the closing remarks of the 13th annual International Hoof-Care Summit. This inspirational talk will fire you up to head home and use the knowledge you've gained.