With this winter’s  highly successful International Hoof-Care Summit in the history books, the American Farriers Journal staff is already making plans for an even better and bigger event next winter.

There is no better time than right now for you to write down the Summit dates of Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2007, on your calendar. Being held again in Cincinnati,  Ohio, the theme for next winter’s fourth annual Summit will be “Meeting Hoof Care’s New Challenges.” The entire program will be built around this theme that zeroes in on the critical importance of evaluating ever-changing hoof-care ideas and techniques.

Thanks to the many suggestions and comments concerning topics and speakers made by the 814 attendees at this year’s Summit, planning of the program for next winter’s event’s already well under way.

Hoof-Care Case Histories Wanted

Attendees have told us that one of the new educational items that they liked on last winter’s Summit program were the four unique 15-minute footcare histories that were presented by farriers and equine vets. Each of these right-to-the-point presentations zeroed in on a particular footcare case history. 

Since these sessions proved so popular, we’re looking for four hoof-care professionals who would like to present one of these interesting PowerPoint case histories at next winter’s event. 

If you have an interesting case history that you’d like to present, please let us know as soon as you can. Simply outline the case history in a 1-page letter and mail it to IHCS, P.O. Box 624, Brookfield, WI 53008-0624, e-mail it to lessitef@lesspub.com or fax it to (262) 782-1252.

The American Farriers Journal staff will select four case histories and contact you if you’re selected to participate in this unique educational session. It’s your chance to share your knowledge and also gain valuable insights on how others might have handled one of your problem cases.

Approved For Credit

The American Farrier’s Association has agreed to accept attendance at future editions of the International Hoof-Care Summit for continuing educational credits that may be required of AFA members in the future. The actual number of approved educational credits won’t be known until the Summit program is completed later on this year.

During the first three Summits, all aspects of the program were approved nationwide for 56 hours of continuing education credits for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

If you have any thoughts on how we can make the Summit an even better learning experience, please e-mail your suggestions to lessitef@lesspub.com. This event is geared to answering the most critical questions you have regarding all aspects of equine footcare, so we definitely need your thoughts, comments and ideas on topics and possible speakers. See you next winter in Cincinnati!