WELFARE AND SAFETY SUMMIT COMMITTEE RELEASES FREE EDUCATIONAL DVD ON HOOF CARE

The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit’s Shoeing and Hoof Care Committee is now offering a free educational DVD entitled, “The Hoof: Inside and Out” that examines the physiology of the equine hoof and demonstrates proper care and shoeing techniques.

“The hoof is the foundation of equine performance so it is imperative that those entrusted with the well-being of racehorses possess the knowledge necessary to properly care for and maintain this core component of equine locomotion,” said WinStar Farm co-owner Bill Casner, chairman of the summit’s Shoeing and Hoof Care Committee. “This DVD provides some basic information that will be helpful to owners, trainers, grooms, and anyone else involved with the racehorse, to have a better understanding of the hoof and its care.”
The 65-minute DVD, which was produced by the Keeneland Association’s broadcast services department under the direction of G.D. Hieronymus, includes seven segments:

*Introduction and Overview
*Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit
*Physiology — The Equine Limb
*Basic Hoof Care and Trimming
*The Basics of Horse Shoeing
*Types of Shoes
*Farrier’s Role and Communication (with Trainers and Owners)

The video is available for download from the summit’s website at http://www.grayson-jockeyclub.org/summitdisplay.asp.

A DVD copy of “The Hoof: Inside and Out” can be obtained free of charge (limit one per customer) by contacting Cathy McNeeley, The Jockey Club’s administrative assistant for industry initiatives, at (859) 224-2728 or cmcneeley@jockeyclub.com.