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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

ESP 1.0 Event: First Equine Soundness Professionals seminar details for March 16 in Florida

inaugural seminar of Equine Soundness Professionals

Veterinarians and farriers have a chance to be part of history on Saturday, March 16 when the new Equine Soundness Professionals ("ESP") organization hosts its first open seminar in Wellington, Florida. Advance registration is required to attend.


Note: ESP founder Dave Gilliam has moved the venue of the meeting to The Wanderers Country Club in Wellington. It was originally slated to be held at the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital (Wellington base), but the nearby country club offered more room, plus meal services.

A date change was required for the new location.

The conference is designed to both introduce vet and farrier professionals to the new organization and to offer an outstanding program in equine podiatry. Membership in ESP is not required to attend.

Attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast and full course lunch served by the country club.

The fledgling organization has garnered notable support from the veterinary and farrier industry, with more than 10 companies helping to sponsor the event, as well as provide door and raffle prizes and on-site product consultations. 


ESP has programmed a day of eight in-depth lectures covering six topics commonly seen by veterinarians and farriers. In addition, Dave Gilliam will give a short update on the educational mission of ESP and plans for the future, as well as an overview of the need for scientific studies on equine foot science.

Presenters and lectures will include:



Raul Bras, DVM
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky

  • Navicular Syndrome: Clinicians Evaluation and Practical Approaches for the Horse
  • The Deep Digital Flexor Tenotomy: The Good and Not So Good About It

Pat Reilly
Farrier at Penn Vet New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania

  • Mechanical Considerations for the Laminitic Foot
  • Foot Management for Surgeries of the Distal Phalanx

Shane Westman
Farrier at Large Animal Hospital, University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
  • White Line Disease: More Than Just Resection
  • Using Advanced Imaging (MRI/CT/PET) and the Team Approach to Lameness Care


Dave Gilliam
Professional farrier, founder of Equine Soundness Professionals
  • Equine Soundness Professionals Update
  • The Need for Scientific Based Research

ESP founder Dave Gilliam said that the seminar is a chance for the organization to start out on the right foot, doing what it plans to do best: high-level continuing education for podiatry-focused veterinarians and professional farriers whose cases require staying up to date on advanced skills.

This story was sponsored by ESP.
Sponsors of the event include: Osphos, Palm Beach Farrier Supply, Polyflex Horseshoes, SteriHoof, Well Shod, Farrier Product Distribution (FPD), Equicast, Hoofjack, Equisport Farrier Supply, Castle Plastics, HoofSearch, and RevitaVet.

Registration for the day is $150 per person, including breakfast and lunch. Membership in ESP is not required at this inaugural event.

Reserve your seat by emailing: info@equinesoundnessprofessionals.org, or calling (214) 907-3380.  A registration confirmation will be sent once payment is received.

For more info on ESP and the clinic please visit www.equinesoundnessprofessionals.org


ESP also has a new public Facebook page, with a direct-message button, as well as a members-only Facebook group.

Video credit: Dave Gilliam.

This story was written from material and images provided by ESP.


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