This is an example of a foundered hoof. Photo courtsey Cindy Nielsen VMD.Laminitis and natural hoof care are hot topics in the equine industry. Natural hoof care has changed the way we think about and treat laminitic and foundered horses. Many of us, unfortunately, have had a personal experience with a horse that has suffered from laminitis or founder. If you haven’t, I’m betting you know someone who has. According to a recent article published by The nearly 200,000 horses were diagnosed with laminitis in 2007 alone. Laminitis is the second leading cause of equine fatalities behind colic resulting in significant financial and emotional loss.

Education on this complex cause of lameness is key to prevention and recovery. The Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners are holding another round of laminitis and radiographic clinics in Sonora, CA this April 1-3rd.  These clinics will be open to the general horse community and you do not need to be a PHCP member to attend. However, the content is considered advanced, and a solid knowledge of hoof anatomy is recommended.

The clinics will be presented by veterinarian, trimmer and PHCP member Cindy Nielsen VMD of Reno, NV and and hosted by Anita Dubner a recent graduate of the PHCP program. Both professionals are EasyCare dealers and a great source of information on natural horse care.

April 1st – Laminitis Clinic
The agenda wo;; cover all things laminitis, from microscopic events to causes, stages, signs, prevention, treatment options, cryotherapy, controversial topics such as grooving and wall resection, deep digital flexor tenotomies (are they ever a good thing?), insulin resistance, and Cushing’s.
Shooting pics with Cindy Nielsen, VMD.
April 2-3  – Radiograph Clinic
The focus here will be the basics of reading radiographs of the hoof/pastern for purposes of improving your trim, recognizing common diseases such as arthritis, sidebone (does it cause lameness?), founder (in depth discussion); knowing when you could really use a radiograph, does pedal osteitis really exist?, what is navicular disease? how do I treat negative palmar angles? and more. Attendees can bring their own cases for all to evaluate the second day.

The laminitis clinic is $150 and the radiograph clinic is $180. (if both the laminitis and radiograph clinics are taken, total cost is $300). Must be paid in advance by March 9. No refunds after that date. 50% refund if canceled prior to March 9. Start time: 9AM sharp.

To find out more details please contact:

Clinic host Anita Dubner of 1 Horse Ranch Hoof care at

Cindy Nielsen VMD 775-813-1107 or

The truth is most laminitis and founder can be prevented. Do you know enough?

Debbie Schwiebert


Vet Dealer & Hoof Care Practitioner Accounts

I manage the hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts at EasyCare. An integral part of my job is to stay current in all areas of barefoot hoof care, which enables me to serve this vital group of EasyCare dealers at the next level.