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Managing Navicular Syndrome in the Equine Athlete"

Moderated by Jan Krogh

We listened to you an selected a topic that you told us you wanted greater insight on. This discussion features a panel of farriers (Stuart Muir and Todd Allen) and a veterinarian (Dr. Bob Grisel), and is moderated by Danish farrier Jan Krogh. They discuss managing navicular syndrome in the performance horse. 



"Using Stem Cell Therapy to Help Horses Recover"

In this session, Dr. Kim Braeutigam explains the principles to using stem cells in therapeutic cases. He'll pull from his own cases to discuss the advantages of this therapy. Farrier Dick Becker, who works with Dr. Braeutigam, gives the farrier perspective of working with a veterinarian to support these efforts.


After being introduced to veterinary medicine at a very young age through working at his own father’s veterinary hospital, Dr. Kim Braeutigam, or “Dr. Kim” as most of his clients call him; has received a lifetime of education in the medical care of horses. Along the way he met his wife, Chris, a horse owner and accomplished rider and trainer. Together they have raised and trained their own horses and have built their respective businesses from scratch. The responsibility of horse ownership and the emotional attachment it becomes has given Dr. Kim a special insight when clients are making tough decisions on behalf of their horses. His educational experiences that span over 30 years helps provide the very best medical care and advice for each individual.


Dick Becker has been a farrier for nearly 50 years. Based in Lapeer, Mich., Becker is a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame. He is a two-time member of the American Farriers Team.


Session Preview with Dr. Kim Braeutigam and Dick Becker




(PhD, MRCVS, FHEA), Researcher and Veterinarian, Calgary, Alberta

"Therapeutic Shoeing is too Late....Why Preventative Farriery/Podiatry is the Way Forward?"

It is amazing what is required by equine athletes to perform their jobs. In this session, Dr. Renate Weller will discuss why what is asked of performance horses often causes injuries. Rather than looking at the solutions in response to the offense, Weller advocates for being proactive and thinking first of preventative care.

About Renate Weller:
Renate Weller is the dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is the former director of education at CVS, as well as a former professor at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). She has studied comparative foot biomechanics and conformation’s effect on performance and injury risk.




Farrier, CJF, Azle, Texas

"The Sole Protection or Support Mechanism"

A healthy sole is integral in helping the foot absorb concussion, as well support and protect the sensitive structures within the capsule. In this session, Tab Pigg will discuss methods for growing, rehabilitating and protecting the horse’s sole.

About Tab Pigg:
Tab Pigg is a certified journeyman farrier from Azle, Texas, who has served as president of the Texas Professional Farriers Association.


Session Preview with Tab Pigg






Farrier, CJF, APF-I, MS; Fults, Illinois

"Financial Planning of Therapeutic Cases"

In this session, Paul Skaggs will review how to make sure therapeutic shoeing makes sense for your business model. He will apply the business principles he learned to both a practice focused on therapeutic work and one that sporadically handles these cases.

About Paul Skaggs:
Paul Skaggs, MS, CJF, APF is a farrier based in Fults, Ill., and provides hoof-care services in the greater St. Louis, Mo., area.


Session Preview with Paul Skaggs



Vice President of Equine Lameness Prevention Organization, RJF, CLS; Sequim, Wash.

"Do Not Fear Failure"

Therapeutic cases can be intimidating, but farriers must overcome fear of failure. Chris Niclas, vice president of the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization, emphasizes the need to experiment when working on therapeutic cases. In this presentation, Niclas will discuss the importance of teamwork and how he incorporates creativity and experimentation in his therapeutic work.

About Chris Niclas:
Chris Niclas is an Equine Lameness Prevention Organization (ELPO) registered journeyman farrier and a certified lameness specialist. The Se­quim, Wash., farrier is vice president of ELPO.


Session Preview with Chris Niclas



Director of Farrier School Montana State University; AWCF, CJF (EE, FE, TE); Bozeman, Mont.

"Managing Low Palmar Angles"

A low palmar angle can lead to lameness in a horse. In this session, Diego Almeida will review the basic anatomy description of the effected structures, morphological changes that are seen in the foot, shoeing alternatives, advantages and disadvantages of wedge, as well as a management plan.

About Diego Almeida:
Diego Almeida is an associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers and a certified journeyman farrier with American Farrier’s Association endorsements in education, forging and therapeutic hoof care. He is the program director and lead instructor of the Montana State University Farrier School.


Session Preview with Diego Almeida



Dr. Veterinary Medicine, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital; Lexington, KY

"Practical Therapeutic Solutions in the Field"

In this session, Craig Lesser will discuss creative solutions when presented a therapeutic situation in the field. He will pull from case histories to show these ideas.

About Craig Lesser:
Craig Lesser, CF, DVM, graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Following the completion of an internship at Anoka Equine, he moved to Lexington to complete a podiatry fellowship at Rood and Riddle and has continued as an associate. As an extension of podiatry Dr. Lesser has an interest in lameness and imaging. He also enjoys teaching, volunteering, doing research, and continuing to further his education.


Session Preview with Craig Lesser



Increase Your Profit with Basic Shoe Modifications
Paul Skaggs, Farrier, Fults, Ill.

Shoe Modifications: The Business Breakdown
Scott Fleming, Farrier & Veterinarian, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, Ky.

A Case Study for Successful Veterinarian and Farrier Teamwork
Bob Gristle, Equine Veterinarian, Hoschton, Ga.
Tim Shannon, Farrier, Moreno Valley, Calif.

Interpretations of Radiographs for Farriers
Steve O'Grady, Farrier & Veterinarian, Keswick, Va.

Diagnosis of and Shoeing for Soft Tissue Injuries in Western Horses
Paul Skaggs, Farrier, Fults, Ill.



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