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Hawaii Island ~ 05.24.17 ~ Horse behavior is as complex as human behavior and can be just as difficult to understand.  One thing we know for 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, September 9-10, 2017, at Pukalani Stables in upcountry Kamuela, Big Island of Hawaii.
This two-day intensive clinic examines the nature and correction of the many hoof related issues confronting today’s horse owners. Led by 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. Dr. Parks, the author of more than 35 published articles including treatment of acute laminitis, has done 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. Dr. Grady is an expert on Therapeutic Farriery.
   Together, Drs. Grady and Parks are presenting 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 Hawaii.
   Dale Myler, 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.
   Hawaii Horse Expo Second Equine Medicine Symposium takes place over the weekend of September 9 and 10, from 10 am to 5 pm daily. Online ticket sales will open August 1 for a limited number of attendees at Tickets will also be available beginning August 1 at Hawaii Island Humane Society shelters (and via charge by phone at 808-329-2135 ext. 3).
   Clinics are designed to be smaller in scale, allowing attendees personalized attention. Cost for the two-day Symposium is $175 and includes lunch. Early registration featuring a 10 percent discount will end on Monday, August 28 and registration closes on Tuesday, September 5. Please direct Equine Medicine Symposium inquiries to (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.
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. Learn more at or call 808-329-1175.
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