“Basics of Reading Radiographs For Hoof Care” Webinar Course with Dr. Cindy Nielsen of Founder Warriors.

Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners has a comprehensive hoof care training program that is open to trimmers, farriers and all equine professionals.

This course covers Radiograph reading basics and is suitable for anyone who has reviewed hoof anatomy. See course pre-work suggestions below.

This Clinic is taught by Dr Cindy Nielsen VMD (www.founderwarriors.com) and is one of two radiograph reading clinics options required for PHCP Certification. We are offering this clinic as a Webinar to better serve remote students and to open it up to the general public.

Session schedule will be 3.5 hours of presentation, with breaks when we need them. Q&A is interspersed throughout. Participants are welcome to submit rads for discussion up to a week in advance.

Please note that Registration is non-refundable unless the clinic is cancelled. PHCP students get course credit for this class!

The complete Rad Course, all 4 sessions, is $150. Registration is limited and is required in advance through Pay Pal, Please register early.
Note: Sessions 1&2 must be taken together and sessions 3&4 must be taken together. Sections 3&4 may be taken in a different session then 1&2 as long as sessions 1&2 have already been completed.

We suggest that all attendees become familiar with the anatomy of the lower limb. Please see the preparation materials suggested below!

* VERY IMPORTANT * – Please be sure to include your regular email address and your full name in the “special instruction box”on PayPal. Without the correct email we will not be able to send you instructions and an invite to the webinar.

Note – Plan to sign on to the webinar 15 minutes before it starts, to make sure everything is working for you. The webinar host will be on and available 30 minutes before the start time. Webinars will start promptly at the scheduled time so technical issues must be resolved before that. Money will not be refunded if you are not able to make the webinar due to scheduling conflicts. If you have an unresolvable technical issue credit for a future webinar may be considered.  Webinars are not recorded and shared. The information contained in them is owned by the clinician presenting.

Course Outline
Sometime in his/her career every farrier and anyone trimming bare feet will be staring at a radiograph (x-ray) of a hoof they are about to work on. Will you be able to interpret that x-ray to guide your trim? You will after taking this 4-session Webinar! You will also see just how useful radiographs are to the hoof care professional, and that even the best farrier/trimmer can be fooled when “reading” a hoof.

The goal of this very interactive Webinar is to get you comfortable assessing basic parameters such as toe length, sole thickness, position of the coffin bone, balance (side to side as well as front to back), hoof-pastern axis, founder, side bone, ringbone, & more.

The first two sessions are prerequisites for the material in the second two sessions.

Course Details

Session 1:
Purpose of the Webinar
Radiographic physics (enough for you to understand important principles)
Directional terms – crucial for intelligent communication with a vet
Radiographic Views (discussion of each view to include review of pertinent anatomy):
Lateral – the most useful view for trimmers/farriers
assessing sole depth, toe length, position of coffin bone, balance, hoof-pastern axis, ringbone

Session 2:
Continuation of discussion of radiographic views
Review of Lateral view
Dorso-palmar “DP” view for lateral-medial balance, “side bone”
Solar Margin view (includes a discussion of “pedal osteitis” – does it really exist?)
Other views including obliques, navicular skyline- why do we need more than one view?

Session 3:
Radiographs for laminitic and foundered horses
Important parameters to follow
Pitfalls in interpreting rads of foundered feet
How do we “see” laminitis on a radiograph?

Session 4:
Abscesses – can we see them on radiographs?
Navicular syndrome
Bring on your own cases with radiographs – you will be amazed at how much more sense they make to you by this point if you took all 4 sessions, guaranteed!

Course Preparation Materials
Preparation: Participants should familiarize themselves with the basic boney anatomy of the hoof, pastern, and fetlock to include the coffin bone, short and long pastern bones, navicular bone, proximal sesamoid bones.

Soft tissues of prime importance include the superficial and deep digital flexor tendons, collateral ligaments of the coffin and pastern joints, the laminae, lateral (collateral) cartilages. Knowledge of the anatomical structures involved in the navicular apparatus (navicular bone, impar ligament, navicular bursa, the deep digital flexor tendon in the foot, suspensory ligament of the navicular bone) will be helpful for Session 4 Navicular Syndrome discussion especially.

There are many online sites with anatomy of the lower equine limb. Here are our favorites!

http://www.3dglasshorse.com/ – An engaging interactive exploration of the equine distal limb that combines interactive models with informative narrations and highly detailed animations. The interface allows manipulation of anatomical models in three dimensions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGck-JnxutM&feature=channel_page – This animation video covers the distal limb is detail and is very similar to Glass Horse but is a video. If you don’t own the Glass Horse Distal Limb, this is the next best thing.

www.ironfreehoof.com and www.anatomy-of-the-equine.com by PHCP’s own Paige Poss, are great sites for anyone studying anatomy and will help you understand what you are seeing on x-rays. Spending an hour or two on this fascinating site is highly recommended!


For further information contact our webinar host Susan Rexin.

For any payment issues, contact Marie Daniels.

This webinar course is approved for 12 PHCP Educational or Continuing Education credits.