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Advances in Equine Podiatry – Lectures (online), On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions


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10/27/23 to 10/28/23


Location: Peterson Smith Equine Hospital
4747 Southwest 60th Avenue Ocala, FL 34474
Ocala, FL 34474
United States

Event Description

1.5-Day On-Location Portion (10 hrs, worth $950): Fri 26 – Sat 27 August 2022

Friday 3:00 – 7:30 pm: Case-Discussions, Q&A and Wine & Cheese Reception

Saturday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm: Practical Sessions 9 hrs of Online Lectures (on-demand, worth $375): At your leisure Attendees are expected to have worked through this Lecture Series before coming to the on-location portion of the course. Contact us if you have previously purchased this webinar series.

Total Continuing Education Hours: 19 hrs


Equine practitioners are regularly exposed to various and sometimes contradicting opinions on farriery and especially on therapeutic shoeing. The fact that new graduates go into practice with minimal training in farriery and shoeing only exacerbates the problem and leaves practitioners grappling with this contentious subject. This practical course approaches the subject in a scientific and as objective way as possible by reporting established and recent, cutting-edge facts from scientifically sound clinical studies and aims to equip equine practitioners to have meaningful and informed discussions with their farriers.

The following topics will be covered by the specialists through highly-illustrated lectures in English and there will be plenty of time available to ask questions and for debates.

Online Lectures available on-demand ahead of the Course: Functional Anatomy & Physiology of the Foot Biomechanics of the Distal Limb & the Relationship between Stress and Shape Anatomy & ‘Physiology’ of a Horse Shoe Effect of Shoes on ‘normal’ Foot Function Foot Wounds: Characteristics, Healing & Treatment Examination of the Foot – Veterinarian’s vs. Farrier’s Approach Principles of Trimming & Shoeing Hoof Capsule Distortions - Underrun Heels, Club Feet & Sheared Heels The Use of Composites Laminitis & Various Types of Displacement Hoof Problems in Foals: Corrective Shoeing for Angular & Flexural Limb Deformities Hoof Capsule Conditions – Infections, Cracks & Poor Wall Quality

In the second day, 7 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and limb specimens in small groups (2 vets per specimen) and to discuss all aspects of foot trimming, shoeing and farriery with the specialists. Each attendee will be rotating through the following practical stations: Foot Examination on live Horses, Preparing the Foot for Shoeing, Shoeing Techniques, Use of Radiography in Farriery, Foot Casting Techniques, Applying Wooden Shoes.

The course fee includes coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, lunch and a certificate of attendance.

To participate in the Practical Sessions, attendees are required to have first worked through the online Lectures provided (included in the price). Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course.

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