A farrier and veterinarian, Dr. Ric Redden earned his veterinary degree from Ohio State University in 1974. In 1983, he built the International Equine Podiatry Center — the first podiatry center dedicated exclusively to the equine foot — in Versailles, Ky. He is a member of the International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame.
I am constantly striving to find ways to teach my veterinarian and farrier students how to tune their eyes to observe the smallest details. Many years ago, I learned that the caveman mentality is still a great way to teach. Simply studying the many messages left on stone by our predecessors from thousands of years ago allows us to step into their bare footprints and visualize what their eyes were seeing.
An article entitled “Connecting The Dots” that appeared on Pages 68 to 70 of the March, 2012 issue of American Farriers Journal dealt with the importance of developing a systematic approach for better understanding the issues of conformational correctness, undesirable defects and flaws.
Attendees at the American Association of Equine Practitioners meeting learned the importance of developing a systematic approach to better understand conformational correctness, undesirable defects and flaws
The importance of podiatry as a part of equine veterinary practice is well recognised. Cooperation and the symbiotic relationship between the veterinary and farrier professions continue to grow and improve.
Campbell, Texas, farrier and American Farriers Team member Sawyer Spradling demonstrates his approach to tuning a distorted pritchel to a punch, a skill that has served him well when he travels to clinics and competitions.
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