Hawaii Horse Hoof Symposium Scheduled

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Horse behavior is as complex as human behavior and can be just as difficult to understand.

One thing is certain: One cannot have a healthy, dependable and happy horse if the horse has hoof problems.

National equine experts will present at Hawaii Horse Expo’s Second Equine Medicine Symposium on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and 10, 2017, at Pukalani Stables in upcountry Kamuela.

This two-day intensive clinic will examine the nature and correction of the many hoof-related issues confronting today’s horse owners.


Led by Dr. Andy Parks, MA, Vet MB, MRCVS, Dip ACVS; and by Steven E. O’Grady, DVM and certified farrier; this limited-seating event offers a rare opportunity for lay people to be exposed to the same information as veterinarians.

Dr. Parks, department head of Large Animal Medicine at the University of Georgia, is a specialist in the equine foot, lameness in horses and equine diagnostic imaging. Author of more than 35 published articles, including treatment of acute laminitis, Dr. Parks has conducted extensive research on lameness in horses and diseases of the feet.

Dr. O’Grady practices in both Keswick Virginia and Palm Beach Florida, where he limits his work to feet. He is an expert in therapeutic farriery.

Together, Drs. Grady and Parks will present 12 programs for veterinarians worldwide and are frequent contributors to conferences held by the American Association of Equine Practitioners.


Hawaii Horse Expo is very privileged to host them here in Hawai‘i.

Dale Myler, a third-generation horseman and one of the world’s leading bit designers, will join the symposium for a special presentation tying in damage to the horse’s mouth relating to the feet. Myler’s extensive research into equine dentistry and physiology has evolved our understanding of not only the mechanics of bits, but also how they can contribute to the communication between horse and rider.

The Hawaii Horse Expo Second Equine Medicine Symposium takes place over the weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Clinics are designed to be smaller in scale, allowing attendees personalized attention.


A limited number of tickets will be available online beginning Aug. 1. Tickets will also be available beginning Aug. 1 at Hawaii Island Humane Society shelters and via  phone at (808) 329-2135, ext. 3.

Cost for the two-day symposium is $175 and includes lunch.

Early registration with a 10% discount will end on Monday, Aug. 28; registration closes on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

For more information about the Equine Medicine Symposium, call (808) 887-2301.

Hawaii Horse Expo’s Second Equine Medicine Symposium events, including a silent auction and mobile animal adoptions, will take place at Pukalani Stables in Kamuela, Hawaii. Proceeds from Hawaii Horse Expo benefit the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which helps abused and abandoned horses on the island.

For more information and ongoing program updates, visit

About Hawaii Island Humane Society
The mission of the Hawaii Island Humane Society is to promote respect for all animals, prevent cruelty to animals, eliminate pet overpopulation, and enhance the bond between humans and animals. HIHS holds a contract with the County of Hawaii to enforce certain animal-related laws and it offers 24-hour service for injured animals and other animal emergencies, humane education classes, low-cost spay and neuter services, lost and found assistance, microchipping and more.

  • Kona Shelter: (808) 329-1175
  • Kea‘au Shelter: (808) 966-5458
  • Waimea Shelter: (808) 885-4558

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