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American Farriers Convention
March, 2002

Dan Bradley

Dan Bradley (in visor) led a discussion group that examined feet that had been "half-trimmed" by different barefoot hoof theorists (including Ric Redden, Gene Ovnicek, Lyle Bergeleen, KC LaPierre, Hiltrud Strasser, etc.). One side of the foot was trimmed, then the feet were freeze-drie and finally cross-sectioned so farriers could see how changing heel height and hoof angle affected (or did not affect) the palmar angle of P-3 and sole thickness. An interesting aspect was how much--or how little--of the bars were resected by various experts.

 

Dr. Al Kane

Dr. Al Kane (blue shirt) covered the gamut of affects that laminitis has on horses, including compromise of the coronary corium in sinkers and cases with a lot of rotation; different approaches to providing frog and sole support; the indications for and prognosis for tendonotomy; prognosis for ponies vs. light horses vs. draft breeds; the relationship between diagnosing/treating systemic illness (endotoxemia, cushings etc.) and providing mechanical support to the foot.

 

Dr. Ric Redden

Dr. Ric Redden brought his own xrays, viewers, and hoof castings to discuss how important radiography is to precision hoof trimming and the application of therapeutic shoes. His new book on hoof radiography debuted at the AFA Convention

 

Dr. Gayle Trotter

Dr. Gayle Trotter of Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine represented the American Association of Equine Practitioners at the AFA Convention. He is the AAEP's official Board representative to the AFA. His table's discussions were on the role of tendons and ligaments.

 

Gene Ovnicek. a well-known farrier and author from Colorado, (at left)
discussed natural balance principles with his group. Gene will be speaking in April at the Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio.

 


Dr. Tracy Turner
Dr Tracy Turner of the University of Minnesota was the featured veterinarian lecturer at the 2002 AFA convention. He spoke on palmar heel pain; at the anatomy lab, he focused on explaining the navicular region and the ways that different hoof models demonstrated clearly what can go wrong in that area, from ligament abnormalities to tendon adhesions to bursa damage and bone remodeling. What the models couldn't show was if the horses were lame from the damage in their feet.

 

Kristin  Becker and Patty Stiller

Dr Kirstin Becker and Patty Stiller combined for a one-two punch at the international table. Dr Becker (middle, standing), from Germany, is the author of the new book, Alternative Hoofcare, (available only in German at this time) and is devoted to studying and comparing hoof theories around the world. While she speaks very good English, the three-hour discussions were exhausting for her. Patty Stiller, (right) a farrier from California, is well-known for her hard work to promote and "interpret" natural balance principles. She spoke, Kirstin nodded and smiled.

 


Jacob Butler
Jacob Butler, a farrier from Colorado, sat in for his father, farrier/author Doug Butler and discussed hoof anatomy and function. Everyone remembered Jacob's table...he brought a fresh leg for discussion and frequently pulled it out for comparison with the prepared models.

 

 

Mimi Porter is the leading equine therapist in the Lexington, KY area and is the author of the textbook "The New Equine Sports Therapy". She is the head of the equine therapy program at nearby Midway College and runs the website www.equinehealthcare.com. Her discussions were focused on the therapy she performs for tendon and ligament injuries as well as the limits of therapy for club-footed yearlings. She is a specialist in preparing Thoroughbred yearlings for sales.
Mimi Porter

 

Mike Savoldi is a researcher from California State Poytechnic University in Pomona, California and the chairman of the AFA's Equine Research Committee. His table focused on his advanced theories of the role that uniform sole thickness plays in optimum hoof function.
Mike Savoldi

 


Myron McLane
Myron McLane was everywhere during the AFA convention. He chaired an anatomy lab discussing evidence of the damage that laminitis can do to horses' feet and explained how, possibly, early intervention and advanced shoeing and trimming techniques might have saved the horses from pain and chronic lameness. 

 


Russ Vanderlei

 

Russ Vanderlei of Illinois had an innovative program on mismatched front feet ("high-low" or what Russ calls "up-down" feet). He explained how the syndrome affects the whole horse's balance and movement, including the effect on diagonal pairs as well as bi-lateral.

Rick Burten's presentation on club feet centered on his basic principles for correction to support the frog, bars, and underlying structures; he stressed proper heel support and breakover, as well as re-orienting the frog to take advantage of ground proprioception.
Rick Burten

 


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