The Equine Athlete: Healthy Hooves, Healthy Joints

Vets know balanced hooves help maintain healthy joints. Learn more from our experts, who are both vets and farriers.

Veterinarians know that balanced hooves influence a horse's way of going and help maintain healthy joint function. Learn more from our experts, who are both veterinarians and experienced farriers.

About the Experts

Britt Conklin, DVM

Britt Conklin, DVM, is an equine professional services veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. He earned his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University, which recently inducted him into its hall of fame. He attended veterinary school at Texas A&M University and upon graduation worked at a large equine referral practice in Weatherford, Texas. More recently he was a practicing veterinarian and owner at Reata Equine Hospital. Active in the Texas horse community, Conklin served as the continuing education advisor for the Texas Equine Veterinary Association, was the founder and host veterinarian for the Texas Equine Podiatry Conference, and is a Texas Horse Council member. He is certified by the American Farriers Association and has consulted and lectured both nationally and internationally about equine performance medicine and podiatry.

Scott E. Morrison, DVM

Scott Morrison, DVM, is a podiatrist and shareholder at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, where he sees a variety of foot and lameness-related cases. He graduated from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.