The 2012 International Hoof Care Summit (IHCS) theme, "Zeroing In On Soundness," reflects the needs of hoof care professionals eager to learn the latest cutting-edge ideas to boost their profitability, efficiency, and foot care skills. The 9th annual summit will offer foot care education through eight general sessions, 12 hoof care classrooms, 24 hoof care roundtables, 18 how-to clinics, and three trade show sessions.

The 2012 IHCS offers 68 hours of in-depth foot care education from 40 of the top farriers, equine veterinarians, and hoof researchers from around the world.

Some speakers and topics include:

  • Mitch Taylor, CJF, owner and operator of the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond, will perform an on-stage leg dissection to provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of upper hind limb anatomy that will help in developing more effective trimming and shoeing strategies;
  • Hans Castelijns, DVM, an equine veterinarian from Cortona, Italy, will reveal new techniques in correcting conformational defects, provide practical ways to fix hoof capsule deformities; and show how to evaluate hoof shape for both limb and load; and
  • Stephen O’Grady, BVSc, MRCVS, a Marshall, Va. equine veterinarian, says laminitis has unfortunately been classified as the most debilitating equine disease. He will provide attendees with new laminitis treatments based on expectations that are realistic, humane, and consider the cause of the disease. Farriers will learn to evaluate lamellar damage, pain, duration, and financial constraints that must always be involved in prolonged treatment programs.