Laminitis conference a legacy of a beloved appaloosa


A laminitis conference planned for Florida in November continues the legacy of a beloved appaloosa who succumbed to the disease.

Spot battled with the crippling disease and it led to the enduring commitment of John Castle and his wife to help find a cure.

Spot with John Castle.
Spot with John Castle.

The couple’s experience with Spot’s laminitis, Spot’s depth of character, and the strong bond between the horse and his owners inspired them to continue to fight laminitis in his name.

The Castles were shocked to discover that so many horse owners were unaware of this common disorder, and that initially so little was known about this complicated disease.

The first Laminitis Conference was held in 2001 after the Castles partnered with Dr James Orsini and his team at the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania.

The conference has been held every two years since as a gathering of international doctors and researchers to share new research and work together to inform and discuss new treatments and hopefully, one day, eradicate the devastating disease.

A captivating video narrated by Emmy Award winner and multiple-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close tells the story of Spot and other beloved horses who suffered from laminitis, including the famous racehorse Barbaro, and the history of the Laminitis Conference.

Horse owners, caregivers, farriers, trainers and veterinarians are encouraged to attend the conference in West Palm Beach from November 1-3 to learn more about laminitis and other diseases of the hoof.

The conference provides innovative and useful programs for veterinarians, farriers, horse owners, managers, trainers, and technicians.

Attendees receive the latest, most advanced scientific and practical information, including the newest research and techniques used in the treatment of laminitis and other diseases of the foot.

It is a valuable opportunity to network with colleagues and peers. Plus, new this year – the Horse Owners Program with a focus on the wellness of the horse provides an opportunity for owners, trainers and barn managers to talk to the experts.

All the conference’s events, activities, entertainment and meals are included in the registration.

The mission of the conference is to engage veterinarians, farriers, caretakers and the greater equine community in a collaborative effort to advance, expand and disseminate knowledge through research and collective experiences to effectively prevent and treat laminitis and diseases of the foot.

The conference will include:

  • The latest research and scientific information on laminitis.
  • A clinical focus on moving from the laboratory to the horse.
  • Attendee poster session for the “sharing” of new ideas for future innovations by attendees.
  • Scholarships and competitive poster program for the next generation of veterinarians from schools and colleges of veterinary medicine across North America and around the world.
  • A dedicated foot segment for farriers, veterinarians and others interested in the current trends and treatment of foot problems.
  • An in-depth program for horse owners, managers, trainers and technicians.

Fast Facts:
2013 International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot
When: November 1-3, 2013
Where: Marriott Convention Center
1001 Okeechobee Boulevard • West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 USA
More information: 

Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic
Castle Bay Farm
Thoroughbred Charities of America
Cherry Knoll Farm
Iron Spring Farm
Penn Veterinary Medicine
The University of Georgia

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