Shelley Walker

While farriers deal with their inventory, expenses, clients and having time for family, their spouses help balance their stress and maintain their busy schedules. For farrier spouse Shelley Walker, sticking to her priorities allows her to support her husband in his career.

At the 2018 International Hoof-Care Summit, Walker will lead a discussion called “Farrier Spouse Survival Skills: Our Bookkeeping, Our Balance” on Thursday, Jan. 25. During this session specifically for attending spouses, Walker will discuss how communication, hobbies, pressure and mini-vacations are key considerations in maintaining balance in farriers’ and their spouses’ lives. There is no admission fee for spouses who are not practicing farriers.

The 2018 International Hoof-Care Summit will be held Jan. 23-26 at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 15th Anniversary event offers 8 general sessions, 15 hoof-care classrooms, 24 hoof-care roundtables and 9.5 uninterrupted Trade Show hours that will reveal 2018’s new footcare products as well as those items farriers have come to rely on for years. The full lineup of speakers and session topics is now available online.

The 2018 Summit has been approved for 27 CE credits by the American Association of Professional Farriers/International Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF/IAPF).

Educational Partners making the learning and networking opportunities possible for farriers are Equine Digit Support System, Life Data Labs, SmartPak, Spurr’s Big Fix and Vettec.