This event has been approved for 26 American & Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/CAPF) Continuing Education Credits. For more information visit their website – www.ProfessionalFarriers.com
2014 Convention Registraion is open!
The registration packet for the 2014 Convention is now available! Select the link below to print off your copy today!
In addition, you may register through the online store.
The registration packet will be mailed out to all AFA members with the November newsletter next week.
2014 CVT Registration Packet
Host Hotel Information
Our host hotel is the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, NV. The room block is now open, so please feel free to go ahead and make your reservations! Just be sure to mention the AFA as your code so you can get the special discounted room rate. The deadline to register for the hotel at the discounted rate is January 24, 2014. To make reservations, call 1-800-687-8733.
HERTZ RENTAL CAR DISCOUNTS
The Silver Legacy Resort Casino has arranged for special car rental rates for attendees. For your convenience there is a complete Hertz rental desk located in the Resort’s lobby. Cars can be rented or returned at the Resort, or the Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Oakland Airports. For Hertz reservations, please call 1-800-654-2240 and identify your group with CV#03VW0005.
Airport: The Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is a mere 4 miles from the resort and takes only 12-15 minutes to arrive.
Shuttle: The Silver Legacy offers shuttle service daily from 5am to 12 midnight running every 30 minutes. The shuttle leaves hotel valet at the hour and half hour and picks up at the airport at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour.
Parking: Both our 10 story self-parking garage, and Valet parking are available for use.
Interested in exhibiting at the 43rd Annual Convention? Contact the Farrier Industry Association at 601-924-3495 or select the link below!
FIA MarketPlace Information
Our 43rd Annual Convention will be slightly different, with some changes to the overall schedule and list of activities. The biggest difference you will see right off is that everything has been moved up a day, making the convention end on Friday. The dates are February 25 throgh February 28, 2014.
2014 Annual Convention Speaker Line Up!
Mike Poe, CJF, AWCF—Trimming for Static Balance/Shoeing for Dynamic Balance
Mitch Taylor, CJF—Primary Farrier Education & The Apprenticeship System in the United States
Michael Savoldi—Trimming Fundamentals (The Untold Story)
Ted Shanks, CJF—The Willing Participant
Jeffrey Rodriguez, CJF—Changing Horses in Midstream: Adjusting Your Life Plan in a New Economy
Chris Gregory, CJF, FWCF—Preparing for Higher Examination
Jim Quick, CJF—Trimming, Shoe Selection and Fitting for Medial/Lateral Balance
Jeremiah Harris, CJF, TE, AWCF—How Understanding Ground Reaction Forces and the Physics Behind the Long Toed Low Heeled Horse Can Help You Shoe Them
Jim Blurton, AWCF—Live Lecture—Shoeing With Barshoes
Isaac Kerr, CJF—Hoof Capsule Deformity: Understanding the Internal Structures That Dictate High/Low Syndrome
Mitch Taylor, CJF—The Barefoot Industry: Our Responsibilities to the Horse Beyond the Trim
Michael Savoldi—The Upright Hoof Capsule (Are Farriers Producing Club Feet?)
Grant Moon, CJF, AWCF—Live Lecture—Shoeing the Sport Horse
Craig Trnka, CJF—Shoeing Horses, a Combination of Art and Science. A Look Without the Art.
American Farriers Team Demonstration
AFA Certification Committee Demonstration—Practical Test Demonstrations (CF & CJF)
Japanese Farriers Team Demonstration—Traditional Japanese Farriery Techniques
2014 Speaker Blurbs
Jeremiah Harris, CJF, TE, AWCF
“How understanding ground reaction forces and the physics behind the long toed low heeled horse can help you shoe them”
Caudal heel pain and navicular related symptoms on long toed, low heeled horses are challenges all farriers face. Although many of these conditions are irreversible and degenerative, using simple techniques the onset can be slowed and many horses return to their high demand disciplines. This lecture will focus on proper farrier theory and technique to help the skilled farrier combat these common problems. We will cover ground reaction forces, biomechanics of the horse and the forging and fabricating of shoes. Increased knowledge of these topics can greatly improve communication with the owner and also with the attending veterinarian. Promoting good communication helps to build professional relationships with the end result being a higher standard of care for the horse.
Jeff Rodriguez, CJF
“Changing horses in midstream: Adjusting your life plan in a new economy”.
I’m going to point out the fundamental changes in our economy during the last 10 years, old ideas that no longer work, new things that require additional knowledge , and a general update on how to plan and prosper in these new economic waters. This will not be a generalized rehash of talk show blather…but coming from the viewpoint that pertains to us, long term professional farriers.
Ted Shanks, CJF
The Willing Participant, Part I: “Small Space Horsemanship”
The purpose of this lecture is to provide Farriers and other horse professionals with some tools to get horses to be more cooperative (or willing) during shoeing, trimming and grooming. These techniques are easy to use, simple and work well with most horses. With a little practice you can become proficient in all of them.
Trimming Fundamentals (The Untold Story)
Trimming Techniques will vary from one individual to another and without having a standard to evaluate a trimming technique it is very difficult to recognize how the horse is standing on its feet. We are trained and graded on trimming a flat and level foot in preparation for receiving a flat level shoe. This flat/level trim does not address how the horse is standing on its foot and so our trimming fundamentals must include this issue. Many trimming techniques can develop sore feet which then can affect Stance (the position of body and feet), the Body (physical discomfort), and Attitude (a mental position) Foot discomfort or foot pain can be linked to the position of the PIII bone which makes the trim most essential for the development of a sound foot.
In order to explain the position of the PIII we must start by explaining the difference between the plane of the hoof capsule and the plane of the Distal Phalanx (PIII). When taking a frontal (Medial/Lateral) radiograph of a hoof trimmed to a horizontal plane the PIII may or may not be horizontally planed. The same can be said when taking a lateral view. Trimming technique will set the plane of the capsule along with the plane of the PIII. Internally, the plane of the PIII bone follows the arch of the foot. In order to achieve an accurate assessment we must view the planes of the hoof capsule and the PIII independently.
The three planes of yaw, pitch and roll can be useful for conceptualizing the dynamics involved in trimming a foot or visualizing the internal pathologies associated with some hoof conformations. An axis is a straight line in which the body rotates around. The XY&Z axes are useful tools in our explanations of rotation and defining yaw, pitch, and roll.
There is a direct and predictable pattern when it comes to the pathologies of the PIII bone. Remodeling of the PIII bone is recognizable with the use of a radiograph. It can be stated that “Pathology can be based on the plane of the PIII bone”.
The Upright Hoof Capsule (Are Farriers Producing Club Feet?)
Morphology is the study of shape. The hoof capsule is at times very flexible causing the morphology of the foot to change. We can see this in wet feet verses dry feet, a shod horse verses a barefoot horse, or a healthy foot verses an unhealthy foot. Farriers are able to change the shape of a foot through trimming and shoeing techniques. There are many reasons why the foot shape can change and we need to be aware of these changes.
If we were to go back some 100 years we would not see feet trimmed like we see feet trimmed today. The hoof would look more like the true foot of the horse. About 40-45 years ago we started changing the way we trimmed feet. It became vogue to add heel. We have now lost our visual of what the true foot looks like. Today we seem to be trimming the toe as short as we can (many times shorter than the true foot) and adding length of wall at the heel. This is a false foot trim when compared to the true foot and it puts the hoof capsule in an upright position. These movements change the angle of the PIII placing it in an upright palmar angle. This changes the dynamics of bone movement within the foot, causing a sliding forward affect. Raising the heel increases the angle to the proximal border of the sole making it easier for the PIII bone to slide forward and downward into the sole body resulting in the flatting of the toe arch. The commissure will deepen creating a strong upright heel arch. The vertical depth of the hoof wall in the heel area combined with the heel angle will increase. The toe area will lose vertical depth in its wall followed by the loss of vertical depth to the PIII bone (toe area). The foot shape in the toe area will develop a broader looking toe and the heels will narrow. The PIII bone will begin to lose bone on the distal border and as it migrates towards the body it will move into a different area of the PIII bone that is rounder than the distal portion giving the bone a rounder appearance not matching of the original shape. The ungular cartilage will thicken and increase in its vertical depth (Sidebone).
Foot evaluation needs to be examined in two areas: The external portions of the foot and the internal anatomy of the foot. Only visualizing the outside can produce false information in regards to the internal anatomy. A farrier can off- trim the foot by leaving length of wall beyond the sole plane in the heel area and then trim the toe short. In upright pastern conformations this will produce a club looking foot but the internal anatomy is still the same. External visuals do not address the true foot, but anatomy can tell us foot type. Some feet are naturally upright according to anatomy, but get labeled as club feet. It is important that we realize the internal morphology of the foot can change- thus changing the external visual of the foot. Trimming a horses foot can be devastating to a horses health and should never be taken lightly.