Summit Attendees Describe 105 "Wow" Factors

The eighth International Hoof-Care Summit offered plenty of valuable ideas that farriers and equine vets will put to use back home

The 2011 edition of the International Hoof-Care Summit once again sent attendees home with hundreds of fresh ideas to improve their footcare work and more effectively run their farrier businesses.

From the simplest basics to the most complex scientific issues, 698 attendees took home a wide variety of tips, tricks and techniques from 8 general sessions, 14 Hoof-Care Classrooms, 24 “How-To” clinics, 24 Hoof-Care Roundtables, viewing new products with nearly 100 Trade Show exhibitors and from networking with other farriers and veterinarians in the hallways.

Many attendees indicated the outstanding Summit lineup of farrier and equine veterinarian speakers is likely the best they’ve seen in the 8-year history of this event. With 72 in-depth sessions spread over 4 days, there were plenty of the latest ideas to meet the needs of everyone at the early February event held in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Here’s a brief summary of what attendees told us were their “wow” moments when it came to the most valuable information picked up at this year’s Summit.

Anatomy “Wows”

1. Mitch Taylor’s leg dissection helped me enjoy a much better understanding of what the other 55 Summit speakers were discussing over the next 3 days.

— Brandon Ogg, Logan, Ohio

2. It was amazing to see the amount of medial and lateral movement in the hoof capsule as Mitch Taylor moved around the leg during his dissection.

— Jonathan Wilson, Marengo, Ohio

3. It was nice to be able to view injury-prone areas from the outside during Mitch…

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Frank lessiter

Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has spent more than 50 years in the agricultural and equine publishing business. The sixth generation member to live on the family’s Centennial farm in Michigan, he is the Editor/Publisher of American Farriers Journal.

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