Evidence-Based Podiatry for Equine Practitioners – A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Fri 6th Nov 2020 - Sat 7th Nov 2020
Venue: Janssen Veterinary Clinic
Location: Sheridan, near Indianapolis, IN (Indianapolis International Airport)
Contact Hours: 13 hours (RACE Approved)
Course Language: English
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
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Qualified Vet USD 595.00 USD 990.00
2nd vet, same clinic USD 565.00 USD 940.00
IAEP Members USD 540.00 USD 890.00
Veterinary Student USD 120.00 USD 200.00
Intern/Resident (Requires Proof of Status) USD 300.00 USD 495.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - USD 1750.00
Vet L&P / Tech L-only USD 1530.00 -
Farrier - -
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 27th September 2020
Registration Deadline: Thursday 5th November 2020

* 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.


Friday 6 – Saturday 7 November 2020 – A 2–Day Practical Course


The registration deadline has been extended as this course will definitely take place.





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 2-day 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.   

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

  • Functional Anatomy & Physiology of the Foot   
  • Biomechanics of the Equine Foot – How it is altered by trimming & wear             
  • Does the Normal Foot Exist? – Conformation, Balance, Footfall & Gait
  • Examination of the foot – A veterinarian’s & A farrier’s approach            
  • Anatomy & ‘Physiology’ of a Horse Shoe
  • Principles of Trimming & Shoeing             
  • Effect of Shoes on ‘normal’ Foot Function
  • The Use of Composites
  • Foot & Pastern Injuries (incl. P3 Fractures)         
  • Tackling specific problems

In the afternoons, 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
  • Foot Preparation Techniques
  • Shoeing Techniques
  • Applying Wooden Shoes
  • Quarter Crack Repair
  • Application of a Foot Cast

The course fee includes hot lunches, coffee/tea breaks, the wine & cheese reception, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course.

This course is suitable for RCVS Modules:  B-EP.3;  C-E.4;  C-E.5;  C-E.6;  C-E.7;  C-E.15;  C-E.17

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    Andrew Parks
    MA, VetMB, Dipl.ACVS, MRCVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Equine Surgery
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    Dr. Parks received his Vet MB from the University of Cambridge in 1981. Dr. Parks is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and received his certificate in Veterinary Radiology from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1982. He currently serves as Professor of large animal surgery at the University of Georgia. Dr. Parks has made over 160 professional presentations and has peer reviewed and authored articles and book chapters. His clinical interests are large animal surgery lameness and diseases of the foot.

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    Mike Wildenstein
    CJF, FWCF(Hons)

    United States

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    Mike is retired from teaching podiatry at Cornell vet school in New York and now offers his services as a referral or consulting farrier, working in a hands-on capacity with a horse's current farrier and/or veterinarian for special problems, or to help farriers improve their skills on their home ground with their own tools and their own horses.

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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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    Ben Barhorst

    United States

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    Ben Barhorst is originally from Fort Loramie, Ohio, a small farming town where his family crop farms, milks dairy cows, and breed and raise Belgian draft horses.  He moved to Kentucky in 2016 to attend the Kentucky Horseshoeing School.  After graduating, he worked at the school for over 2 years as an apprentice/instructor.  In early 2019, Ben completed the American Farrier's Association's Certified Journeyman Farrier certification level.  In July 2019, he started working with Dr. Scott Fleming at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in the Podiatry department, mainly dealing with distal limb and hoof pathologies.  In his spare time he enjoy blacksmithing and hiking/being outdoors with his girlfriend and their dogs.



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Course Program

Janssen Veterinary Clinic


Janssen Veterinary Clinic
2420 W 236th St
Sheridan, IN 46069


Phone: 317-758-4865

Website: www.janssenvetclinic.com



From Indianapolis International Airport:

Take  I-465 N and US-31 N to IN-38 W in Washington Township.  Take exit 136 from US-31 North.  Follow IN-38 W to E 10thStreet/ W 236thSt. in Sheridan.​



International Airports

Indianapolis International Airport – 43 miles

Dayton International Airport – 133 miles


Domestic Airport

Sheridan Airport- 4.1 miles



Cambria Hotel Westfield 

18592 Carousel Lane

Westfield, IN  46074

Phone: 317-896-3000​



7.4 miles


Hampton Inn Westfield Indianapolis  

17400 Westfield Park Rd. 

Westfield, IN  46074

Phone: 317-763-1900​



8.9 miles


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Carmel North - Westfield 

15131 Thatcher Ln.

Carmel, IN  46033

Phone: 317-575-0000​



11 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