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Newsletter - Issue 6

Soft-Ride on the Road

We’re rolling into the dog days of Summer, and for a lot of people that means hitting the road and squeezing in as many adventures as possible before the weather turns cold again.

Like many of you, travel is on the schedule this summer at Soft-Ride. We’ve been on the road from Oregon to North Carolina and a bunch of places in between. We’ve been meeting up with vets and farriers at clinics and conferences learning the newest techniques and recommendations for keeping horses sound. We are also getting amazing feedback about how Soft-Rides are helping horses return to work after injuries. Read on to see where we’ve been and where we’re headed this summer in our “Soft-Ride on the Road” newsletter!
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Conference Report

Here’s a brief overview of the most recent events we’ve attended and what was discussed.

AAEP Focus on Podiatry

We spent June 22-24 in Lexington, Kentucky at the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ Focus on Podiatry conference. This was a cutting-edge event for veterinarians with a concentration on corrective shoeing, trimming, and hoof alignment. Many of the speakers discussed lameness evaluation and treatment using accommodative devices like Soft-Ride’s family of products.

Ronald Alder nailed a pair of SoftRider Gel Max shoes on a presentation horse and illustrated the breakover change with radiographs. He discussed several important elements SoftRider shoes use to help alleviate hoof and distal limb strain including:
  • Using a center loading device for weight and leverage redistribution
  • Allowing the sole to load and unload on a supported firm platform
  • Altering breakover angles to diminish hyperextension of ligaments and tendons in the lower leg

From the Ground Up Conference

On July 6-8 we attended the From the Ground Up conference presented by Northwest Equine Performance in Mulino, Oregon. This conference focused on promoting collaboration between veterinarians and farriers for the good of the horse. Top farriers and veterinarians from the US and Europe discussed how to treat the hooves and distal limbs for the overall good of the horse. Topics included:
  • Accommodative trimming and shoeing- including using SoftRider Arena shoes on dressage, eventing, and jumping horses to help prolong the career of the horses.
  • Strategies and limitations of nerve blocking horses- including when to use nerve block and when to rely on preventative care options like Soft-Ride Boots
  • How farrier and vet work in top performance horses such as the US Olympic Team horses helps care for the horse holistically

Upcoming Events

Texas Equine Veterinary Association: Summer Symposium

This event will feature lecturers and wet labs for Texas veterinarians and technicians. Speakers including Bill Stone DVM, Josh Donnell DVM, and many more use Soft-Ride products in their clinics on a daily basis for acute and long-term care. Topics include:
  • Pre-purchase soundness exams - Josh Donnell
  • Use of orthobiologics - Bill Rhodes
  • Ultrasound techniques for diagnostics - Kate Garrett

Event Information

Soft-Ride Booth: 50

Wednesday, August 2 through Saturday, August 5, 2023

Worthington Renaissance Hotel
200 Main StreetFort Worth, TX, 76102

This meeting is currently available to members of TEVA. Contact info@texasequineva.com for membership questions

2023 Equine Sports Medicine Symposium

This event is hosted by Carolina Equine Sports Medicine. It will focus on the health and treatment of the equine back. Topics will include the importance of the hind feet to back stability, treatment of the equine skeleton, and analysis of primary and secondary injuries in Equine Sports Medicine.

Event Information:

August 26-27, 2023

Chatham County Convention Center Pittsboro, NC

This meeting currently has attendance availability both in person and online. Visit equinesportsmedicinesymposium.com/register to register.

OEPS Meeting

Opportunities in Equine Practice Seminar (OEPS) is the leading student forum in equine veterinary medicine, with over 3,900 students attending. Third-year veterinary students attend the meeting, where they receive information about various avenues and disciplines of equine practice, employment, and practice ownership. Students gain valuable information through face-to-face encounters and presentations from current practitioners, and veterinary practice management consultants.

Event Information

September 1-3, 2023

The Embassy Suites
Lexington Lexington, KY

For more information please contact the seminar host:
Dr. Craig Lesser

NAEP Sarasota Vet & Farrier Conference

Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners annual conference will include wetlabs and lectures from Dr. Andrew van Eps and Dr. Chris Pollitt, two of the premiere laminitis researchers in the world. Their lab will focus on reverse engineering the horse’s foot in a study of laminitis causes and treatments.

Event Information

September 27-30, 2023

Saratoga Springs City Center
522 Broadway Entrance
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866

Contact Information:
Dave Dawson

2023 All American Quarter Horse Congress

The AQHA Congress is the largest single-breed horse show in the world. Congress is held in Columbus, Ohio, and hosted by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association. OQHA is committed to setting the standard in the equine industry by engaging equine enthusiasts through world-class competition, recreational activities, education, and engagement of the next generation of participants and industry leaders.

Event Information

Soft-Ride Booth: 602

September 26 - October 22, 2023

Ohio Expo Center & State Fair
717 East 17th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43211

Contact Information:

American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Convention

The AAEP Annual Convention & Trade Show is the world’s largest continuing education event dedicated to equine practice, anchored by more than 100 hours of continuing education and a 300-exhibitor-strong trade show featuring the newest products and services for practice.

Event Information

November 29 - December 3, 2023

San Diego Convention Center
111 Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

Contact Information:
(800) 443-0177 (U.S. and Canada)
(859) 233-0147

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