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SHOW To Host Farrier Clinic This Saturday



SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. – The SHOW HIO will host a farrier clinic on March 12, 2011 beginning at 8:00AM CST at the Blue Ribbon room on the show grounds of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn.  The “For the Horse Farrier Seminar” will include guest speakers Dr. Tracey Turner, private practitioner and USDA consultant, and Dr. Vern Dryden, equine veterinarian and farrier at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

The seminar will include a review of data collected by Dr. Turner relative to hoof health in 2010 as well as a review of the trends in that data.  Dr. Turner will analyze what is better in the Tennessee Walking Horse in 2010 compared to previous years.

The seminar will also focus on the areas that still need to be addressed relative to hoof health such as thin front hoof walls, no heel growth and compressed or sheared heels.  Another topic, which is very important in the industry today, is how trimming a hoof can help or hurt compliance with the Horse Protection Act.  Dr. Turner and Dr. Dryden will address this issue as well as ways a farrier can help insure hoof health.  They will also look at ways to correct issues still facing the hoof of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

In the afternoon, Dr. Turner and Dr. Dryden will actually work on some problem hooves which will be done via closed circuit so everyone will be able to view and ask questions.  Any owner, trainer or farrier is welcome to attend.

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