Advances in Equine Podiatry – Lectures (online), On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions

Fri, 25 October, 2024 - Sat, 26 October, 2024




Chicago Equine Medical Center

Contact Hours

13 hours - RACE Approved

Early Booking Deadline

Sun, 15 September, 2024

Registration Deadline

Fri, 27 September, 2024




Diagnostic Imaging


Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy / Physical Therapy

Sports Medicine

Industry Partners

North America

Veterinary Partners

North America


Equine practitioners are regularly exposed to various and sometimes contradicting opinions on farriery and especially on therapeutic shoeing.  The fact that new graduates go into practice with minimal training in farriery and shoeing only exacerbates the problem and leaves practitioners grappling with this contentious subject.

This practical course approaches the subject in a scientific and as objective way as possible by reporting established and recent, cutting-edge facts from scientifically sound clinical studies and aims to equip equine practitioners to have meaningful and informed discussions with their farriers.  

The following topics will be covered by the specialists through highly-illustrated lectures in English and there will be plenty of time available to ask questions and for debates:

Online Lectures available on-demand ahead of the Course:

  • Functional Anatomy & Physiology of the Foot    
  • Biomechanics of the Distal Limb & the Relationship between Stress and Shape
  • Anatomy & ‘Physiology’ of a Horse Shoe
  • Effect of Shoes on ‘normal’ Foot Function
  • Foot Wounds:  Characteristics, Healing & Treatment
  • Hoof Capsule Conditions – Infections, Cracks & Poor Wall Quality          

Lectures on location:

  • Examination of the Foot – Veterinarian’s vs. Farrier’s Approach
  • Hoof Capsule Distortion
  • The Use of Composites
  • Treatment options for lameness
  • Laminitis & Various Types of Displacement
  • Hoof Problems in Foals:  Corrective Shoeing for angular & flexural limb deformities
  • Dynamic vs Static Balance - Considerations when using radiographs to determine balance

In the second day, 7 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses and limb specimens in small groups (2 vets per specimen) and to discuss all aspects of foot trimming, shoeing and farriery with the specialists.   Each attendee will be rotating through the following practical stations:

  • Foot Examination on live Horses
  • Preparing the Foot for Shoeing
  • Shoeing Techniques
  • Use of Radiography in Farriery
  • Foot Casting Techniques
  • Applying Wooden Shoes

The course fee includes coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, lunch and a certificate of attendance. To participate in the Practical Sessions, attendees are required to have first worked through the online Lectures provided (included in the price). Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course.

Scott Fleming, originally from Northeast Texas, grew up riding Western Performance Quarter Horses and working with cattle. Upon graduating from high school, Fleming attended farrier school and maintained a quarter horse-centric farrier business in Northeast and central Texas until moving to Lexington. He also served in the Marine Corps Infantry for four years.

Fleming graduated from veterinary school at Texas A&M University in 2013. He then completed an internship at Rood & Riddle in 2013-2014, continued at the hospital as a podiatry fellow.  Following his fellowship, Dr. Fleming joined the practice as an associate veterinarian, and in 2020 became a shareholder at Rood & Riddle.

Outside of Rood & Riddle, Fleming enjoys spending time on the farm with his wife, Tina, and their two children, Callie and Case. A special interest for Dr. Fleming is participating in Equitarian trips to Central America to help working equids in the region. 

Travis Burns is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. He is a Certified Journeyman Farrier with both the Therapeutic and Educator Endorsements from the American Farriers Association. Travis is one of 6 Americans to become a Fellow in the Worshipful Company of Farriers by examination from the United Kingdom, the FWCF. He currently serves as the Chief of Farrier Services in the Equine Podiatry Service of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Please download the Program PDF to view it: Download PDF


26996 N Darrell Rd, Wauconda, 60084, IL


Phone: 847-526-9550

Website:  www.chicagoequine.com






International Airports

33 miles: Chicago O'Hare International Airport - Chicago, IL

57 miles: Chicago Midway International Airport - Chicago, IL

61 miles: General Mitchell International Airport - Milwaukee, WI



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Distance to Clinic

Guide Price (pppn)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lake Zurich-Barrington

197 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich, IL 60047


7.7 miles


Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago-Libertyville

2061 Shell Dr. Libertyville, IL 60048


11.9 miles


Comfort Suites Grayslake near Libertyville North

1775 E Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030


13.7 miles


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Libertyville – Mundelein

510 IL-83, Mundelein, IL 60060


11.9 miles


Super 8 by Wyndham McHenry

110 State Rte 31 South, McHenry, IL 60050


8.3 miles


Qualified Vet

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1190.00

USD 1090.00

Lectures Only

USD 610.00

USD 550.00

2nd vet, same clinic

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1130.00

USD 1035.00

Lectures Only

USD 580.00

USD 525.00

Vet & Vet. Nurse / Vet. Technician

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 1990.00

USD 1790.00

Lectures Only

USD 1630.00

USD 1480.00

Intern/Resident (Requires proof of status)

Lectures Only

USD 295.00

USD 295.00

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 595.00

USD 595.00

Veterinary Student (Requires proof of status)

Lectures Only

USD 120.00

USD 110.00

Lectures & Practical Sessions

USD 240.00

USD 220.00

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