44th Annual Convention

February 24-27, 2015

Speaker Highlights

The Woes of Highs and Lows-Reading feet and Radiographs
Brian Barrett CJF TE AWCF
Brent Barrett DVM CJF

 Brian Barrett picBrent Barrett    

We all still have to battle the age old issue of a horse having “too much toe”.   In our presentation we will evaluate a low heel/negative palmar angle foot and a club foot and assess if this is the case.  We will discuss how to address the excess toe length through trimming and shoeing while building a better foot in the process.  This will be accomplished through concepts other than simply trying to trim more toe and backing up the shoe.  We will discuss hoof pathology found in long-toe/low-heeled feet and club feet, and how these pathologies can impact soundness. An understanding of how to read radiographs will be provided by a brief but thorough explanation of the radiographic soft tissue parameters.
Several horses have been radiographed and photographed at the time of shoeing for several 5 week intervals.  The goal is to show several areas of interest:
1. How to identify a foot that has a dorsal/palmar imbalance.
2. Correlating landmarks found on both the foot and radiographs to determine a proper trim and application of shoeing mechanics in both high and low feet.
3. Determine if we are making desired improvements.
Videos will be provided demonstrating trimming and keg shoe modifications.  Alternative solutions will be given in how to apply proper mechanics when inadequate hoof mass is present.

Vet-Farrier Relationships and an In Depth Look at Heartbar Shoes

Courtney Diehl picChris McLaren 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s true that there isn’t any quantifiable proof that a good working relationship between a veterinarian and a farrier leads to a better understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of heartbar shoes. Nevertheless, Courtney Diehl, DVM and Cricket McLaren, CF not only maintain a healthy respect for each other’s areas of expertise, but their partnership has proven to be of great benefit to the horse owners who routinely utilize their collaborative services. As an added bonus for their clients, this Steamboat Springs area Colorado based duo also manages to have fun at work!
Presenting at the end of the day Friday, February 27, Courtney and Cricket will bring their shared expertise to a discussion about heartbars; their benefits and drawbacks, when they are and are not appropriate to apply, what constitutes proper fit, and how they can serve as a therapeutic modality. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from a pair of professionals who would be the first to agree with the old adage that “two heads are better than one.”

Modern Materials- Thinking Out of the Box

Travis_Burns_portrait2Rubber coated thermo-plastic, composite, and integrated shoes; hoof wraps, acrylics, titanium, magnesium and copper are just some of the materials available today for use in addressing cases that in some instances had to be written off as hopeless only a few years ago.
Join Travis Burns CJF,TE,AWCF for a discussion and demonstration of a practical approach towards knowing when and how to apply modern farriery materials.
Travis is a Lecturer and the Chief of farrier services at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and is one of a handful of American farriers to be named an associate in the Worshipful Company of Farriers (AWCF), a London based trade association dating back to 1605. He earned this recognition based on his knowledge of equine anatomy, the conditions and diseases of the foot, how conformation affects the gait and foot, and vice versa. Travis also holds the AFA’s specialty “therapeutic”(TE) endorsement for his extensive knowledge of practical and theoretical issues of foot and hoof pathology.
Bring your questions and curiosity to this Wednesday morning opening day presentation that promises to be informative and enlightening.

Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage Horses, and Eventers: The Considerations that Affect how We Shoe Performance Horses
Dave Farley, APF, CF

Dave FarleyCompetition horses face a challenge that is unique: they are routinely asked to consistently perform well at the highest levels while key factors that may affect performance such as footing and weather are frequently highly variable. Add in the fact that high performance horses are often members of the frequent flyers club, jetting from one continent to the next in pursuit of lucrative purses within compressed time periods, and the considerations a farrier must review while shoeing these equine athletes are also often unique. Let’s take a look at horses performing in each discipline to gain a complete understanding of what is expected from them so that we can shoe accordingly.
Dave Farley, APF, CF, will share his extensive knowledge gained from shoeing high performance horses for years, including horses competing in seven different Olympics. Dave is widely recognized here and abroad as a superb clinician and was honored in this capacity by the AFA in 2000 when he was named Clinician of the Year. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 25 for Dave’s presentation immediately following lunch.

Weight Bearing Mechanics Revisited
Randy Luikart, CJF

Randy LuikartRandy Luikart, CJF, will be presenting a thought provoking and stimulating discussion of how we traditionally perceive weight bearing mechanics on Wednesday, February 25 at 2:50 pm.  He will demonstrate that we, as a community of professionals, both farrier and veterinarian, still have a limited understanding of hoof function.  He will revisit our determination to believe the concept that we can enhance hoof function by backing up the foot, squaring, rocking, rolling, or whatever we want to do to the hoof under the cloak of “making it easier to break-over”.  His in-depth knowledge of physics, trigonometry, and anatomy will challenge you to envision the lower equine limb as a mechanically complex combination of levers and pulleys.  Be prepared to have your traditional thinking challenged as Randy’s insights just might prompt you to view balance in a new and intriguing way.

Making a Basic Pair of Tongs
Jim Quick, CJF

Jim Quick

Rounding out opening day, Wednesday Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m. Jim Quick, CJF, will be presenting a demonstration focused on how to make a basic pair of tongs together with a discussion of some of the key considerations involved.

 

 

These include:

  1. Selecting the right tongs for the task at hand-weighing the pros and cons of each
  2. Replacing rivets
  3. Adjusting your tongs
  4. Proper body position and usage of tongs

Jim is a five time American Farriers Team member and a highly sought after clinician. He has served the AFA in three different capacities as a member of the Rules, Certification, and Education committees.

In addition, Jim has earned innumerable accolades in national and international competition and as an international judge. Given Jim’s passion for farriery and education, you can pretty well be assured that his take on tongs will leave you with something valuable to think about and take home.

 

Registration is Open!

Registration for the 44th Annual Convention is now open!  Select the links below to download the registration packet and the registration form.
FINAL 2015 Registration Packet
2015 Registration Form

Registration for the 2015 National Forging and Horseshoeing Competition is now open!  Select the link below to download the contest registration form.  There is a limited number of spots available, so get your registration form in early.
The Open Division has filled and a waiting list has been started.  There is still spaces available in the Intermediate Division.
Contest Registration and Waiver of Claims

Convention Hotel Block

The room block for the 2015 Annual Convetion is now open!  Select the link below that will take you to the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center reservation form.

https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/booking/reservation?id=1405133701&key=1DCB4270

Avis Rental Car Discounts

Your Avis Worldwide Discount or AWD number is S066199.

When calling Avis at 1 (800) 331-1600 to make reservations, attendees should provide our reservations agents with this AWD number to ensure they receive the best available car rental rates.

The AWD will be effective from seven days prior to the event until seven days after the event.

Below is a hyperlink to Avis.com.  When this customized web page link is used, your AWD number will automatically be placed in the reservation detail.

Avis booking link for the 44th Annual American Farrier’s Annual Convention

2015 Annual Convention Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Please select the link below to view the 2015 Convention Sponsorship Packet.  There are many opportunities to support the convention through different sponsorship levels.  Please contact the AFA office at 859-233-7411 with any questions.  Thank you for your support.

2015 CVT Sponsorship Packet