Evidence-Based Podiatry for Equine Practitioners - A 2-Day Practical Course


Nov 15, 2019 to Nov 16, 2019
8:00 AM until 5:45 PM


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 2-day 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.

In the mornings the following topics will be covered by the specialists through highly-illustrated lectures and there will be plenty of time available to ask questions and for debates:

Functional Anatomy & Physiology of the Foot
Biomechanics of the Equine Foot – How it is altered by trimming & wear
Does the Normal Foot Exist? – Conformation, Balance, Footfall & Gait
Examination of the foot – A veterinarian’s & A farrier’s approach
Anatomy & ‘Physiology’ of a Horse Shoe
Principles of Trimming & Shoeing
Effect of Shoes on ‘normal’ Foot Function
The Use of Composites
Foot & Pastern Injuries (incl. P3 Fractures)
Tackling specific problems

In the afternoons, 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
Foot Preparation Techniques
Shoeing Techniques
Applying Wooden Shoes
Quarter Crack Repair
Application of a Foot Cast

The course fee includes hot lunches, coffee/tea breaks, the wine & cheese reception, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions). Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course.


$135 - $2190


Tennessee Equine Hospital
1508 Thompson\'s Station Road West
Thompson\'s Station TN 37179

Additional Information

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