Second International Hoof-Care Summit Looks To Bolster Industry Standards

Many of the leading farriers and equine veterinarians from around the United States and the world will again join hundreds of other hoof-care professionals at the second annual International Hoof-Care Summit to be held at the Cincinnati Convention Center and the Hilton Hotel, Jan. 26-29, 2005.

Registration remains open to farriers, equine veterinarians, horse owners, and others interested in hoof care. The summit will feature 52 hours of intensive presentations and discussions over four days, during which attendees will discuss the latest developments in hoof care and compare them to many of the industry's long-held practices.

No farrier or veterinarian organization meetings, shoeing demonstrations, or contests are included. However, several hours of the conference are dedicated to a trade show in which industry suppliers focus on the latest products available to the market.

"Those who attended the first summit last year were pleasantly surprised at how much ground was covered, the high quality of the discussions and how much they were able to take home and begin using in their everyday work," says Frank Lessiter, editor and publisher of American Farriers Journal, which hosts the event.

"Now we're even hearing from horse owners who plan to send their farriers for the sake of continuing education,"  Lessiter says. "We take that as a sign that the summit provides the kind of information that benefits the horses back home."

The attendees also will receive several American Farriers Journal publications containing hoof-care information. The publications are valued at more than $100. Veterinarians and vet technicians also can earn continuing education credits for attending, as approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

The summit schedule includes eight general sessions for large-group presentations, 16 smaller hoof-care classroom sessions and 24 roundtables for face-to-face discussions based on the information presented as well as the farriers' and vets' personal experience.

For more information about the Summit or to request a copy of the program, contact American Farriers Journal at 800/645-8455 (U.S. only) or 262/782-4480, e-mail, or visit

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