The first presentation on the agenda of the 16th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium, held January 16-18 in Louisville, Ky., was a discussion of the club foot–a problem seen in all places and breeds. While probably all of those present had seen and worked on affected horses before, they were all interested in improving their understanding and treatment success with this problem. Ric Redden, DVM, the symposium’s host and founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky., discussed the etiology of and his treatment experiences with club feet, beginning with an account of his club foot grading system. “It makes no sense whatsoever to talk to anyone about a club foot without a reference point,” he stated. “You have to know what level of foot you’re talking about. It’s the same with laminitis or anything else.”

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