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

Date: Fri 27th Oct 2023 - Sat 28th Oct 2023
Venue: Peterson Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, FL
Location: Ocala, FL (Orlando International Airport)
Contact Hours: 13 hours - RACE Pending
Course Language: English
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
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Qualified Vet -
USD 1190.00
USD 1290.00
2nd vet, same clinic -
USD 1130.00
USD 1225.00
Veterinary Student -
USD 240.00
USD 260.00
Intern/Resident (Requires Proof of Status) -
USD 645.00
USD 645.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) -
USD 1990.00
USD 2190.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 17th September 2023
Registration Deadline: Friday 29th September 2023

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all attendees when attending courses in the UK.


1.5-Day On-Location Portion (10 hrs, worth $950):   Fri 26 – Sat 27 August 2022

Friday 3:00 – 7:30pm:  Case-Discussions, Q&A and Wine & Cheese Reception
Saturday 8:30am – 5:30pm:  Practical Sessions


9 hrs of Online Lectures (on-demand, worth $375)At your leisure

Attendees are expected to have worked through this Lecture Series before coming to the on-location portion of the course. Contact us if you have previously purchased this webinar series.


Total Continuing Education Hours:   19 hrs


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
  • Examination of the Foot – Veterinarian’s vs. Farrier’s Approach 
  • Principles of Trimming & Shoeing         
  • Hoof Capsule Distortions - Underrun Heels, Club Feet & Sheared Heels
  • The Use of Composites
  • Laminitis & Various Types of Displacement
  • Hoof Problems in Foals:  Corrective Shoeing for Angular & Flexural Limb Deformities
  • Hoof Capsule Conditions – Infections, Cracks & Poor Wall Quality          

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.

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    Scott Fleming
    DVM, CF

    United States

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    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. Dr. 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 fellow, and is currently an associate veterinarian at Rood & Riddle. A special interest for Dr. Fleming is participating in Equitarian Initiative trips to Central America to help working equids in the region.

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    Lindsey Boone
    DVM, Ph.D., DACVS-LA

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Surgery (LA)
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    Dr. Lindsey Boone is an equine faculty member at Auburn University’s JT Vaughn Large Animal Teaching Hospital, where she serves as an associate professor with tenure. Dr. Boone received her DVM from the University of Georgia in 2008, completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University in 2009, and then completed a large animal surgery residency at the University of Georgia in 2012.Dr. Boone served as a large animal clinical instructor in Equine Surgery at the University of Georgia from 2012-2013 while completing her Ph.D. in physiology and pharmacology from the University of Georgia in 2013. She then gained valuable experience as an associate surgeon in a large equine sports medicine and surgery referral practice in Tryon, North Carolina, prior to joining the equine faculty at Auburn.

    Dr. Boone was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2015. She is currently completing a non-traditional residency with the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her clinical interests include lameness/poor performance, rehabilitation, laparoscopy, and orthopedic surgery. Her primary research focus is regenerative medicine and musculoskeletal repair of the equine athlete. In her free time, she enjoys watching her daughter ride horses and spending time with her husband, Shaun Boone.

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    Doug Russo
    CJF, AWCF, Certified Journeyman Farrier

    United States

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Course Program

Peterson Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, FL


Peterson Smith Equine Hospital
4747 Southwest 60th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34474


Phone: 352-237-6151




Tampa International

Get on I-275 N from N Florida Ave (Airport Exit)

Keep left to stay on I-275 N. 16.3 mi

Merge onto I-75 N

Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 329 for FL-44 toward Inverness/Wildwood 

Take S Hwy 475 N and SE 165th St/SE Hwy 42 to SE 47th Ave/Jordan Rd in Marion County



International airports

2.3 miles: Ocala International Airport- Ocala, FL

89 miles: Orlando International Airport - Orlando, FL

102 miles: Tampa International Airport - Tampa, FL


Domestic airports

45 miles: Gainesville Regional Airport - Gainesville, FL

103 miles: Tampa Business Airport- Tampa, FL



Homewood Suites by Hilton Ocala at Heath Brook 

4610 SW 49th Rd.

Ocala, FL. 34474

Tel: +1 352-369-4610



1.3 miles


Courtyard Ocala 

3712 SW 38th Ave.

Ocala, FL. 34474 

Tel: +1 352-237-8000



1.9 miles


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ocala 

4101 SW 38th Court

Ocala, FL. 34474 

Tel: +1 352-861-8400 



1.9 miles


La Quinta Inn & Suites Ocala 

3530 SW 36th Ave 

Ocala, FL. 34474

Tel: +1 352-861-1137



 2.2 miles


Country Inn & Suites

3720 SW College Road

Ocala, FL. 34474 

Tel: +1 352-237-4848



2.5 miles


“ Well organized and very informative. Excellent interaction with speakers.”

Catherine Hunnisett, Horseshoe Veterinary Services, Ontario, Canada – Evidence-Based Podiatry for Equine Practitioners

“ I really wanted to thank VetPD once more for the excellent course. I had the opportunity to attend, and after 26 years being a Vet I finally have a clear concept for what is going on in a foot of a horse.”

Barbara Knutti, Veterinary practice KLC, Corcelles-près-Payerne, Switzerland - Evidence-Based Podiatry for Equine Practitioners