Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hoofcare & Lameness Presents World Horse Welfare's Laminitis Video Conference (Part 1)

Welcome to an amazing educational opportunity. World Horse Welfare and feed company Dodson and Horrell have created a series of videos from their recent "laminitis roadshow" conference in Great Britain and the Hoof Blog will be posting the videos here for you to watch at your leisure. This first brief video is the introduction and summary, featuring equine nutrition researcher Teresa Hollands of Dodson and Horrell.

In this first "feature-length" 24-minute video, you will meet Professor Derek Knottenbelt, who is no stranger to readers of Hoofcare and Lameness Journal. His article on pemphigus (sometimes called coronary band dystrophy and the subject of more articles to come) is one of the most popular articles ever published by Hoofcare and his work on hoof diseases is extraordinary in the way he integrates research and treatment with other areas of medicine.

Professor Knottenbelt was recently a guest speaker at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and I highly recommend him as a speaker. You'll see why when you watch this video, which includes one of his clever improvisational dramatizations--he becomes the hoof's laminar bond!  His simple explanation takes the mystery out of insulin resistance and how it is involved in the mechanical collapse of the foot in laminitis; this video also helps with explaining many other key concepts of laminitis and its prevention for horse owners.

More videos from the road show conference will be added to the blog in the next few days. Please watch them all, share them all, and refer back to them.

Many thanks to World Horse Welfare and Dodson and Horrell for their leadership in laminitis education for horse owners. This is critical information that needs to circle the world, wherever horses can be cared for in a way that helps prevent laminitis. It is, after all, a preventable condition in most cases and so much pain and suffering could be spared if horse owners can be educated about management practices.

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