horse developing laminitis. Furthermore, if a horse is ‘at-risk’ for laminitis, then it is important to manage their grass intake, especially at key times such as early spring when the sugar content is especially high. I know that we are all enjoying that green fescue sheen on the pasture, but this new grass is very high in a type of sugar that could push a vulnerable horse over the edge. One of the points that they stressed throughout the presentation was that early detection will increase the likelihood of a positive outcome in most situations. Second, that laminitis can be devastating emotionally and expensive to manage, but that does not mean that we should lose hope if our horse were to be diagnosed. In most situations, a management plan formulated by a care team consisting of vet, owner, caretakers, and farrier is developed. Understanding the anatomy and mechanics of the hoof allows owners to converse freely with the vet and farrier, also allowing them to take more ownership in the care plan designed. These plans will target controlling pain, decreasing inflammation, treating the underlying causes of the laminitis, and then the management of the hoof through shoeing with the goal of realigning the coffin bone and dorsal hoof wall to decrease tension on the deep flexor tendon. The presentation was followed by a quick Q & A session before closing. Mr. Pauley & Dr. Freer choose to donate their $100 presentation honorarium to H.E.R.D. equine rescue, and attendees donated $96! The generosity was overwhelming and we are so grateful to our amazing community who so willingly supports local organizations like H.E.R.D. Thank you so much to everyone who came out the first FRC Seminar of the year- We look forward to seeing you again in March! About Dr Freer: Dr. Freer graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. After working at a large referral equine hospital in Apex North Carolina for almost 2 years, Dr Freer moved to Polk County to run her own solo ambulatory equine practice. Dr. Freer has a passion for a positive and enthusiastic working relationship with farriers to better serve her patients and clients. About Jeff Pauley: Jeff Pauley’s education includes both an Associate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering. Jeff worked at Rockwell International for 14 years. In 1989 Jeff Pauley attended Alvin Richardson’s Horseshoeing School for 10 weeks while working his day job at Rockwell. In 1991, he took a leave of absence from Rockwell to enroll in a six week course at Kentucky Horseshoeing School. Jeff started out shoeing part-time and finally took the plunge shoeing full time in 2001. Jeff is a competitor with the World Championship Blacksmith group as well as the American Farriers Association. In addition, Jeff has recently taken and passed the United Kingdom’s AWCF test. Jeff strongly believes in giving back to the industry that he loves and has served as an AFA Board of Director as well as an AFA tester. He has also been the USA Team Farrier for the World Equestrian Games in both 2006 and 2010. He was the USA Team Farrier for World Endurance Championships in 2008.
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