7th Cauthen Seminar (2023)

2023 brought the 7th iteration of the Cauthen Seminar, held at the Gluck Equine Research Center on Sunday, January 22 from 9a-5:30p EST.

This year in addition to continuing to honor “Tex” Cauthen’s legacy, we also remember Hans Albrecht, who was a founding member of the seminar series and a strong advocate of its continuing mission of encouraging collaboration between researchers, farriers, and veterinarians to improve outcomes for all members of the equine community.

This event has been submitted for approval for 7.25 hours of Continuing Education Credits by the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians and for 5.5 hours by the American Association of Professional Farriers AAPF); for more information, visit ProfessionalFarriers.com.

Registration was required – proof of attendance for CE credit was provided in the form of your automated registration email. We are unable to furnish duplicate certificates, so please keep a copy of the email for your records. If you plan to attend the seminar in person, your information will be taken on site.


Full Day Session

Full seminar video


9:00 – 9:05 a.m Welcome to the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center
Dr. Dan Howe, PhD, Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Veterinary Science, The Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, U. of Ky.


9:05 – 9:15 “An Overview of Equine Safety Matters and Related Issues”. Dr. Scott Palmer, VMD, Equine Medical Director for the New York State Gaming Commission, and Dept. of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University.

9:15 – 9:45 “Early Application of Gait Symmetry Analysis in Thoroughbred Racing; The Regulatory Veterinarian’s Roles”
Dr. Jamie Wearn, BVSc (Hons1) Grad Dip Vet Clin Stud, MS, DACVIM, Racing Victoria 400 Epsom Road Flemington, VIC 3031 Australia.

9:45 – 10:15 “Update on Lameness Locator for establishing Gait Signatures in Racehorses”
Dr. Rhodes Bell, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS-LA, Bell Equine Surgery & Lameness, 2376 Weisenberger Mill Rd, Midway, KY 40347 and Dr. Clara Fenger, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Equine Integrated Medicine PLC, Georgetown, KY, 40324.

10:15 – 10.45 “STRIDESAFE Technology 2023: 6,700 data sets from 2,700 horses analyzed, messages for racetrack safety”
Dr. David Lambert, BVSc., MRCVS, Equine Analysis Systems, Midway, KY, 40347.

10:45 – 11:00 BREAK

11: 00– 11:20 “Biomechanical Perspectives on the Role of the Horseshoe in Hoof Racing Surface Interactions”
Professor Thilo Pfau, Dept of Kinesiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta 2TN1N4, Canada,

11:20 – 11:35 “Hoofprints and Philosophy: A Trainer’s Perspective
Dr. Michelle Nihei, Circle 8, 1740 Grassy Springs Rd, Versailles, KY.

11:35 – 11:50 “Strategies for Shoeing Thoroughbreds: A Jockey’s Perspective”
Dr. Ferrin Peterson, DVM, CVA, 4250 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, KY 40511.

Chair: Dr. Robert Holland, DVM, PhD.
Dr. Palmer, Prof. Keegan, Dr. Fenger, Dr. Bell, Dr. Lambert, Dr. Nihei, Prof. Pfau, Dr. Peterson, and Mr. Steve Stanley.

12 00 – 1:00 LUNCH
Courtesy of Mr. Doug Watkins and Breeders Farrier Supply, Lexington, KY.


1:00 – 1:30 “The role of Horseshoe Geometry in Hoof Function and Overall, Limb Biomechanics”
Dr. Susan M. Stover, BS, DVM, PhD, DACVS, Distinguished Professor of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, University of California, Davis, California 95616.

1:30 – 2:00 “Shoeing Strategies to Minimize Injury Events in Athletic Horses”
Dr. Divagno Barcelos, DVM, Rodovia MG427 KM04 a direita, Uberaba, MG, Brazil.

2:00 – 2:30 “Managing Hoof Lameness through Shoeing; Standardbred vs Thoroughbred; Different Surfaces, Same Problem”.
Mr. Ian McKinlay, APF, Tenderhoof Solutions LLC, 26 N E Drive North East, MD 21901.

2:30 – 3:00 “Biomechanical Analysis of Racehorses and Review of the role of Toe Grabs and Torque Comparison of Fetlock to Hoof”
Dr. Adam Pendleton DVM, CJF Performance Horse Medicine & Podiatry LLC 10515 E. Bayshore Rd., Marblehead, Ohio 43224.

3:15 – 3:45 “Traction versus Toe Grabs; An Analysis”
Mr. Steve A. Stanley, Stanley Horseshoeing, 1087 Lakewood Lane Versailles. KY 40383.

3:45 – 4:15 “Locomotion Characteristic of the Thoroughbred Racehorse”
Mr. Mitch Taylor, CJF, AWCF, Kentucky Horseshoeing School 3612 Lexington Road Richmond, Kentucky 0475

4:15 – 4:45 “Optimal Hoof angle to reduce Mechanical Stress and associated Injury Potential”
Mr. Michael T. Savoldi, Professor Emeritus, Farrier Science Instructor Animal & Veterinary Science Resident Farrier W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center California State Polytechnic University Pomona, California Shandon, California  93461.

4:45 – 5:00 ”Interactions of the Farrier community with the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority”
Mr. Thomas N. Trosin, CJF  5757 W. Hefner Road #1115 Oklahoma City, OK 73162.  

Chair: Professor Scott D. Stanley.
Dr. Sue Stover, Mr. Ian McKinley, , Dr. Adam Pendleton, Prof. Mike Savoldi,, Mr. Thomas Trosin
, Dr. Jamie Wearn