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EponaMind’s goal is to place the horse at the center of focus.  We seek to involve all members of the equine community by providing a communication platform based on education and technology.  Our interdisciplinary approach will be of interest to veterinarians, farriers, trimmers, trainers, and owners. 

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Vets & Farriers

  • Event has been approved for CE credits (see details below)
  • Lunch Saturday & Sunday
  • Private Sommelier Dinner Included on Saturday

    Horse Owners

    • Learn the latest information on the soundness of your horse
    • Be part of all lectures & demos
    • Lunch Saturday & Sunday


    Lectures - Saturday June 30th, 2018


     9:00am    Anatomical Study of the Equine Heel (Mike Savoldi)

    10:30am    Deep Learning and Automatic Measurement of the Hoof  (John Craig, Phd)

    12:00pm    Lunch at The EponaMind Ranch

      1:00pm     A Dynamic System for the Analysis of the Equine Forelimb (Domenico Cellaro)

      2:30pm    Hoof Plasticity and Asymmetry: Elevating Hoof Care from 2D to 3D. (Monique Craig)

      4:00pm    Is there a Relationship between Hind Feet Break Over, Gluteal Muscle Area Pain, and Decreased Performance?   (Richard Mansmann, VMD, Phd, hon. DACVIM-LA)


      6:30pm    Dinner at Somm's Kitchen  (Included in Vets & Farriers Registration)

    We want to share with you one of our favorite Paso Robles experiences which is an evening at Somm's Kitchen. Somm's Kitchen brings sommelier Ian Adamo's love of fine dining and wine education together in a warm, welcoming space. This isn't your typical restaurant experience. Ian personally serves each guest from the center of a beautiful curved granite counter. We will have this intimate yet relaxed location and Ian all to ourselves for the evening.



    Live Demos - Sunday July 1st, 2018


    9:00am    Demonstration on a live horse showing:

    •      Radiography using Metron’s Intellect Module
    •      Hoof photography using EponaCam
    •      Trimming to the bone axis
    •      Application of EponaShoes and/or metal shoes
    •      Post-shoeing discussion and use of Metron advanced tools

    12:00pm       Lunch at The EponaMind Ranch

      1:30pm       Finish up the Morning Agenda

      2:30pm      Panel Discussion on Farriery in Europe and elsewhere...

    • Ray Knightley (Germany)
    • Domenico Cellaro (Italy)
    • Mark Aikens (UK)

       4:00pm      Wrap Up

    *Any attendee who would like to stay on Monday for some 1-on-1 and/or hands-on work, please contact us by e-mail and we will arrange it!


    Speaker Bios...

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    Mike Savoldi

    Michael T. Savoldi is Professor Emeritus and Professor of Farrier Science, Animal & Veterinary Science, California State Polytechnic University. Resident Farrier at the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center. He was also chair of the American Farrier’s Association Equine Research Committee (2000-2006) and named American Farrier’s Association educator of the year in 2005. Served on the American Association of Equine Practitioners Veterinarian-Farrier committee (2004-2006). He is an internationally known author and researcher and is currently the director of the Equine Research Center in Shandon California.


    Domenico Cellaro

    Italian professional farrier and equine biomechanics and biometric scientific researcher.  He was a speaker at the International Hoof Summit in 2018. Domenico believes that horses are competing hi-level competition and at a very young age. This means, that they are more predisposed to injury and lameness. That standard and empiric Vet Farrier approach is not enough today!

    He feels that nowadays, it  is very important to understand the effect of trimming and shoeing on inner structures (tendons, ligaments, bones etc.) of the equine forelimb, during locomotion. This is what led him to design, develop and create a special device that helps to understand what happens inside the forelimb when we trim and shoe horses.

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    John Craig

    John Craig has a PhD from Stanford in engineering. He is the author of "Introduction to Robotics: Mechanics & Control" which is a leading university textbook for the engineering field of robotics.  He has authored several papers related to robotics as well as equine biomechanics, and has chaired conference sessions on biomechanics and the connection between machines and the biomechanics of animals.  He has researched the hoof and shoeing systems for the past 20 years, and has been a speaker at the International Hoof Summit in Cincinnati, and other veterinary/farrier venues. He is the lead software developer for the Metron Imaging system used for digital radiography and other modalities in veterinary imaging.

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    Monique Craig

    Monique Craig has a degree in computer science engineering with a minor in mathematics and physics. She was aiming at a PhD in computational linguistics at Stanford, when she purchased her Holsteiner stallion - Smirnoff. His chronic hoof problems made her take a different path. She became a professional farrier while she also developed the Metron software system with her husband John Craig. She eventually invented the EponaShoe. Monique has spent many years researching, trimming and shoeing the hoof -- as well as riding and training. Her research has been presented at several veterinary and farrier conferences and in various publications.  She  recently published a book: "A Modern Look at... The Hoof".  She lectures in the USA and internationally. She has been a visiting scholar at CalPoly San Luis Obispo for the past eight years where she lectures in a biomechanics course for  pre-veterinarian students.

    Richard Mansmann

    Dr. Mansmann was a 1968 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine and received his PhD in 1974 from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He has a long-standing interest in equine sports medicine as a 4th generation rider and horse owner and as veterinary practice owner in Santa Barbara, CA, and currently in Chapel Hill, NC.  He has been involved in authoring books such as the 3rd edition of Equine Medicine and Surgery, Equine Lameness and recently as co-editor of  “Equine Podiatry”. He has published several papers in equine sports medicine areas including metabolic issues, respiratory problems, lameness, rehabilitation and podiatry. He has given many talks in many states and abroad. In 2002 he was the thirteenth inductee into the American Farriers Journal Veterinarians’ International Hall of Fame. 

    He has worked at four Veterinary Colleges, most recently as founding Director of the Equine Health Program and the Podiatry and Rehabilitation Service at NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He retired from NC State University in 2010 and reopened his private practice working with chronic equine lameness and foot problems. In 2010 he was made an honorary Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Large Animal area. He has been a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners since 1968 serving on several committees.



    • For Veterinarians and RVTs: 
      • 7.5 CE for Saturday
      • 6.5 CE for Sunday -- from MCVMA  (Note: not RACE - ask your state)
    • For Farriers:
      • 7.5 CE for Saturday 
      • 7.0 CE for Sunday -- from AAPF