Thursday, March 12, 2009

Event Announcement: Hufbeschlagkongress Will Be Held at Equitana in Germany

by Fran Jurga | 12 March 2009 | Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog

Here's the EDHV "booth" at a recent event. Take a good look at the construction of the portal: My compliments to the architect! Double-click on the image for a larger view.

EDHV, the national farrier association of Germany, will host an international congress of farriers at Equitana, the "world's fair of horses", which opens tomorrow in Essen, Germany. EDHV will also have a booth and ongoing demonstrations in Hall 1, the "Hufdorf".

The Congress is scheduled for Saturday, March 15 at 10.30 a.m. in the "Deutschland" Room of the Congress Center South.

Program highlights:

Prof. Dr. H. Geyer - University of Zurich: "The influence of
environmental factors on the hufhorn of the horse "

Veterinarian and biomechanics expert Gerd Heuschmann :
"The biomechanics of the horse"

Farrier insturctor Melanie Scherer and Dr med vet. Wolff - University of Giessen:
"Farriery, using before and after X-ray imaging"

Farrier Josef Ganser of Austria: "What pad for what purpose? How soft or
hard should a cushion be? "

Farrier Jörg Ohl - Underrun heels: "How many degrees of lift or none at all? What is the effect of wedges on the hoof? "

Note: Dr Heuschmann's new anatomy/biomechanics dvd, "Stimmen der Pferd" ("If Horses Could Speak") will be shown in a special event at Equitana, with a separate admission charged. The Hoof Blog will have a review of the English translation of the dvd later this week, and we will also be offering it for sale. It is the media-rich follow-up to his bestselling book "Tug of War: Modern vs Classical Dressage" and is expected to open up his biomechanics ideas to an entire new audience. Watch for details or reserve your copy now!

For more information about the Farrier Congress, visit

Equitana is possibly my favorite horse event in the world; it is a heady 10-day cocktail of horses mixed with adrenaline and international glamour, with world-class shopping, champagne, new faces, old friends and entertainment as a chaser, all squashed into eight huge coliseums of exhibits and arenas with 100,000 people celebrating their work with or love for horses. Oh, how I wish I was there.

(speakers and topics translated very loosely by Fran Jurga, sorry for any errors!)

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