The Equine Podiatry Education Foundation (EPEF) board members are comprised of a group of veterinarians, farrier and horse owners, each with a similar interest in how podiatry is important to the well-being of the horse.
The Equine foot is probably the most misunderstood and under-studied organ in the horses’ body. Less than 200 peer review papers on podiatry have been published compared to over 7500 papers on other aspects of the horse.
Lack of Funding is one of the main factors inhibiting farrier and veterinarian research. Research requires adequate resourcing and long-term longitudinal studies are especially expensive.
To really help the horse, scientific research must address problems that are related in practice and then translate the findings so that they are accessible to people on the ‘shop floor’.
A unique opportunity was presented to EPEF to partner with the Carolina Sports Medicine Symposium in supporting their 2019 meeting in North Carolina and in turn having their support in a 2020 sports medicine and podiatry meeting on the central coast of California. Profits from the meetings and donations to the Foundation will be used for equine oriented College of Veterinarian Medicine student scholarships and for clinically applied podiatry research.
In the short-term, awareness of the Foundation needs to be promoted whereas people in the industry (vets and farriers) can apply for research grants and potential donors can be made aware of the need for research funding. Hopefully within this time period some research projects will be initiated and funded. A portion of the “Education” division of the Foundation would be to archive this research information as it becomes available so other researches can use the data base for reference.
Three to five years should see published peer review papers made possible through EPEF funding. Scholarship funding for veterinarian and farrier students in CE approved podiatry schooling/clinics.