Advances in Foot Lameness & Farriery – Lectures (online), On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions

Fri, 22 March, 2024 - Sat, 23 March, 2024




Dierenkliniek Equinox

Contact Hours

30 Hours

Early Booking Deadline

Sun, 11 February, 2024

Registration Deadline

Wed, 20 March, 2024


English (Flemish, French & German Moderation)


Printed Set of Course Notes (pick up at venue) - USD 88.77


Diagnostic Imaging


Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy / Physical Therapy

Sports Medicine

Industry Partners


Veterinary Partners


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

1.5-Day On-Location Portion (10 hrs, worth €740):

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

14.5 hrs of Online Lectures (on-demand, worth €210)At your leisure

Attendees are expected to have worked through this Lecture Series before coming to the on-location portion of the course. 

Total Continuing Education Hours:   30 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.   

To participate in the On-Location Portion, attendees are required to have first worked through the corresponding online Lecture Series. As part of the online Lecture Series the following topics will be covered in highly illustrated lectures and case presentations:  

  • Functional Anatomy & Physiology of the Foot
  • Biomechanics of the Equine Foot – How it is altered by trimming & wear
  • Effect of Shoes on ‘normal’ Foot Function
  • Foot Wounds: Characteristics, healing and treatment
  • Radiography & Radiology of the Foot & Pastern
  • Examination of the Equine Foot – A Reflection of Changes in Form & Function
  • Tackling specific problems:
    • Distortions of the Hoof Capsule - Underrun Heels Club Feet Sheared Heels
    • Hoof Problems in Foals: Corrective Shoeing for Angular & Flexural Limb Deformities
    • Miscellaneous Conditions of the Foot: White Line Disease, Canker etc
    • Foot Care for Horses with Chronic Laminitis: Theory & Cases
  • Does the Normal Foot Exist? – Conformation, Balance, Footfall & Gait
  • Examination of the Foot – Veterinarian’s vs. Farrier’s Approach
  • Principles of Trimming & Shoeing
  • The Use of Composites

Day 1 starts at 15:00h with 3 hours of interactive Case-Discussions, Q&A which will give attendees the unique opportunity to apply what they have learned during Lecture Series in discussion with the world-renowned specialists.  This will then be followed by the obligatory Wine & Cheese Reception allowing for attendees to socialise with colleagues and the speakers/instructors.

On 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:

Veterinary Foot Examination on Live Horses

  • Farrier Assessment on Live Horse & Cadavers: Foot Balance, Hoof Preparation & Shoe Selection
  • Foot Casting Techniques Michael Schramme
  • Casting, Crack Repair & Gluing Techniques Simon Curtis
  • Digital Support & Improving Breakover
  • Extensions using Synthetic Materials
  • Use of Radiology in Farriery

The course fee includes coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, lunch and a certificate of attendance. To participate in the On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions, attendees are required to have first worked through the Lecture Series (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.

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

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.

Michael Schramme qualified as a veterinarian from the University of Gent, Belgium, in 1985. He has since worked as a resident, lecturer, senior lecturer or associate professor in equine surgery at the University of Ghent, the Royal Veterinary College (London), the Animal Health Trust (Newmarket), Cornell University (New York) and North Carolina State University (USA). In 2011, Dr. Schramme was appointed Professor in Equine Surgery and Orthopaedics at the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon, VetAgro Sup in France. He holds the Certificate in Equine Orthopaedics, the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Diploma of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and Associate Diplomate status of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. He has a PhD in equine rheumatology. Dr. Schramme is President of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and ex-President of the European Society of Veterinary Orthopaedics and Traumatology. He has an interest in all aspects of large animal surgery, lameness and diagnostic imaging with special emphasis on MRI and regenerative medicine.

Simon Curtis is a farrier, author, lecturer and horse hoof-care expert with a PhD in Equine Physiology and Biomechanics (2017). He is a 4th generation farrier; his family have been farriers and blacksmiths in the Newmarket area for at least 150 years. In over 45 years working as a farrier, he has lectured and demonstrated in more than 30 countries including the USA, Australia, India, Russia, and Brazil. ​

Simon is internationally renowned in the hoof-care world for his remedial farriery textbooks and lectures. He has authored several books on farriery and has been published in numerous journals. ​ Among other roles, Simon is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, was made a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame in 2005, and is the only farrier to have been awarded an Honorary Associateship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (2002).

He was awarded the Sir Colin Spedding Award in 2018, presented by HRH Princess Anne to an exceptional hero of the equestrian world. Other honours include entry to the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame at the Kentucky Derby Museum (2005).

Dr. Steve O'Grady was a professional farrier for ten years prior to obtaining his degree in veterinary medicine. He learned the farrier trade through a formal apprenticeship under "Hall of Fame" farrier, Joseph M. Pierce, of West Chester, Pennsylvania. He then returned to school, attended Haverford College and went on to graduate from the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science in South Africa with a DVM Degree in 1981. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. O'Grady did an equine internship in Cape Town, South Africa. From here he went on to join Dr. Dan Flynn at the prestigious Georgetown Equine Hospital in Charlottesville, VA where he stayed for 10 years before opening his own practice devoted to competition horses and farriery.

In 2003, Dr. O'Grady opened Northern Virginia Equine in Marshall, Virginia which is a referral practice devoted to foot disease and equine therapeutic farriery. Here he combines his skills as a veterinarian and a farrier to better understand and treat problems of the foot. Dr. O'Grady has published 25 peer-reviewed papers in the veterinary literature, numerous papers in the farrier literature, written ten book chapters and edited two editions of Veterinary Clinics of North America on equine podiatry and therapeutic farriery - all resulting from his extensive work in equine podiatry. In 2003, he was inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame and in 2009; he received the AAEP President's Award for his work in farrier education.

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Dierenkliniek Equinox, Vekemans 10, 2460 Kasterlee, Belgium


Dierenkliniek Equinox
Vekemans 10
2460 Kasterlee



Directions from Eindhoven Airport
Get on N2 from Luchthavenweg, Flight Forum and Anthony Fokkerweg.
Take A21 to Steenweg op Diest/N19 in Turnhout, België. Take exit 24-Turnhout-Centrum from A21
Drive to N19 in Kasterlee. The clinic will be on the left.

Directions from Brussels Airport
Head northeast on Leopoldlaan
Follow E19 to Steenweg op Diest/N19 in Turnhout. Take exit 24-Turnhout-Centrum from A21
Drive to N19 in Kasterlee. The clinic will be on the left.




Distance from Eindhoven Airport: approx. 53.8 km
Distance from Brussels Airport: approx. 89.5 km



Den en Heuvel***
Geelsebaan 72-74, 2460 Kasterlee.
Tel: + 32 (0 )14 85 04 97.
Email : info@denenheuvel.be


Distance from the clinic 550m distance Rooms from €85 
Hotel Kempenrust***
Geelsebaan 51, 2460 Kasterlee. 
Tel: +32 (0) 14 85 23 74. 
Email: info@kempenrust.be


Distance from the clinic 850m  Rooms from  €45

B&B De Casteleer
Pastorijstraat 38, 2460 Kasterlee. 
Tel: +32 (0) 476 412 206. 
Email: info@decasteleer.be

Distance from the clinic 2.0 km 


Rooms from €90


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