Panel Discussion – Shoeing the Sports Horse - The 'Textbook Foot' vs. Injury Prevention


Panel Discussion
Venue: On-Demand Panel Discussion
Contact Hours: 3 Hours
Course Language: English
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Panel Discussion – Shoeing the Sports Horse - The 'Textbook Foot' vs. Injury Prevention


Panelists:David Nicholls  RSS AWCF RJF LSHMC CBT CFP CLS, Cert Euro Farrier, Master Farrier - The
Farrier Practice, UK
Scott Morrison   DVM - Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, USA
Maarten Oosterlinck  DVM, PhD, DECVSMR, DECVS - Ghent University, Belgium
Moderator:Haydn Price  DWCF - Farrier, UK



In recent years there has been an exponential advancement in veterinary diagnostics, allowing for exact and detailed diagnosis of distal limb conditions causing lameness, combined with a great range of available therapeutic options. Given the dearth of scientific evidence, farriery-related treatments consisting of trimming techniques and shoe profile selection however often remain based on personal preference… It has furthermore become common practice for horseshoe manufacturers to produce individual “therapeutic” shoe ranges. Have we now created a culture of “prescription shoeing” eliminating the thought process focussed on individual foot anatomy and biomechanical function? The panel consisting of three internationally renowned and highly experienced clinicians of varying backgrounds will openly discuss and debate many different aspects relating to foot care and shoeing of the sports horse.


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    Scott Morrison

    United States

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    Dr. Scott Morrison grew up riding hunters and jumpers in New York.  After high school he attended horseshoeing school at Danny Ward’s Eastern School of Farriery.  Dr. Morrison put himself through undergraduate school (at Virginia Tech) and veterinary school (at VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine) shoeing horses.  In 1999, he was hired by Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY to do ambulatory work with an emphasis in Equine Podiatry.  As the podiatry caseload increased, Rood and Riddle built a podiatry center that is staffed by four veterinarians, two full-time technicians and four full-time farriers.  Currently his caseload is 100% podiatry.  Dr. Morrison has traveled throughout the United States and internationally consulting, lecturing, giving clinics and working on various foot conditions.

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    Maarten Oosterlinck
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ECVSMR, Dipl.ECVS


    European Specialist in Veterinary Surgery & European Specialist in Equine Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation
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    Maarten Oosterlinck graduated from Ghent University in 2004 and has gained extensive clinical experience in equine orthopaedics and surgery at the faculty of veterinary medicine of Ghent University. Combining clinical work with research, Maarten earned his PhD on the use of pressure plate analysis for the objective evaluation of equine locomotion in 2011. In 2014, he passed the qualifying exam of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2014. In 2018, he also became a diplomate and board member of the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He currently serves as president of this college. Maarten has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters on a variety of equine orthopaedic and surgical topics, including visual and quantitative evaluation of lameness, hoof biomechanics, diagnostic analgesia, equine canker, etc. and he is a regular speaker and instructor at international courses and congresses. He is a scientific editor for Equine Veterinary Journal. He is actively involved in the supervision of residents and PhD-students, and has been a member of the examination committee of PhD-candidates in multiple countries. Maarten's daily clinical work is focused on equine orthopaedics and surgery, with a particular interest in podiatry and gait analysis.

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    David John Nicholls
    RSS, AWCF, RJF, LSHMC, CBT, CFP, CLS, Cert Euro Farrier, Master Farrier

    United Kingdom

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    In 1968 David started his apprenticeship, with Howard Cooper FWCF Hons, at his forge in Abinger Hammer, near Dorking, Surrey. n At the end of the four years David spent with Howard he took the Registered Shoeing Smith. (This exam has now been replaced by the Dip WCF Diploma of the Worshipful Company of Farriers). 

    David passed The Associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers exam in 1986. 

    In 1990, David started a farrier supply business Total Foot Protection Ltd. UK.  based in West Sussex, of which he is now a director. 

    Total Foot Protection Ltd. has continued to grow and is still committed to the supplying only the best tools and horseshoeing requisites. 

    In 1990 David started a vet and farrier referral centre -The Farrier Practice in Slinfold, West Sussex in the UK, where he continues to work as a partner, and plays an important part in supporting vets, farriers and horse owners in the treatment of lameness and foot related problems, specialising in sports horses.

    Between 2006-2009 David joined the Advisory Boards of the International Hoof Care Summit and the Equine Lameness Prevention Organisation.

    David is a Member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame. 

    David has spoken and demonstrated his special skills at many of the major farrier and veterinary conferences and symposiums around the world and is busy giving clinics to farriers, vets and horse owners, to impart his knowledge to others.

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    Haydn Price

    United Kingdom

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    Graduated in 1983 and formulated a mixed practice in South Wales for 38 years.During that time has developed a special interest in performance and lameness shoeing techniques. Has established both a need, and been instrumental in the practical application and understanding of Farriery specific biomechanics, along with the utilisation of equine gait analysis systems for both profiling and quantitive data collection.

    An interest in research lead to a number of projects looking at applied farriery and its effects on function.

    Graduate of the Diploma in Equine Locomotor and Research course in 2018 at the RVC.

    A regular international lecturer and contributor to equestrian related symposiums in Farriery, primarily in North America, South America, Australia, Mexico and Europe.

    Held the post of lead consultant farrier for 20 years to the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and World Class Equestrian Programme (WCP) before retiring in March 2019. Responsibilities include the development and implementation of a proactive assessment procedure within the Farriery sector looking specifically at performance limiting factors of elite performance horses.

    Consultant farrier to the HKJC performance programme developing strategic procedures for the implementation of horse profiling as a continued management process, along with focused performance enhancement through applied farriery foot care.

    Awarded the BEF Medal of Honour in 2011 for continued contribution to Farriery within the BEF and the WCP.

    Inducted into the International Farriery Hall of Fame (2013) for continued services, commitment and education to the International Farriery Profession.

    Continues to operate a mixed referral practice to all equine disciplines with a particular interest in lameness and poor performance.

    When not working he is often found flying around the welsh sky’s with his 6 year old grandson who equally enjoys his passion for aviation.

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