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Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance Group Inc.

How Long Can You Talk About Laminitis?


Heard recently:

"Go to a conference on just laminitis for 3 days?
What could they possibly talk about for 3 days?
On just laminitis?”


In case you need some talking points for yourself, your vet or hoof care pro, here is just a taste of what we’ll be talking about at the 2017 ECIR Group NO Laminitis Conference in Tucson, AZ:

  • The ECIR Group has had a unique opportunity to view veterinary research and development through the recognition of PPID and IR in the Equine, along with the ability to experience first-hand how diagnosis is undertaken and how treatments succeed.
  • The continually changing understanding of equine metabolic disorders, mechanisms, treatments and diagnostic criteria.
  • How a tiered-management approach maximizes the chances of success in maintaining or rehabilitating a healthy Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) and Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) equine.
  • How successful prevention or rehabilitation of laminitis takes finding the correct Diagnosis, establishing a supportive Diet—and Drugs if needed—maintaining the correct physiological Trim and, when the horse is able, an appropriate Exercise program (DDT+E).
  • Why the usual acute care for endocrinopathic (metabolic) laminitis can be ineffective due to unique aspects of this type of laminitis.
  • How dietary support and the use of supplemental nutraceuticals can help with preventing or managing the complications of laminitis.
  • Treatment approaches that provide targeted and effective pain control.
  • How trimming affects internal structures of the hoof, potentially allowing horses to build the best possible foot and avoid or minimize the effects of laminitis and founder.
  • How tried-and-true, commonly used, external landmarks become unreliable in foundered hooves and do not reflect soft-tissue changes that will affect successful rehabilitation.
  • The way in which osteoporosis in the equine coffin bone potentially affects the onset of laminitis.
  • How the equine foot is innervated and the impact nerves have on blood flow and comfort in all gait abnormalities, especially acute and chronic laminitis and founder.
  • Why the focus upon husbandry practices of hoof wall support and loading to suspend the distal phalanx and other foot tissues is critical for foot health.
  • Why the benefits of forage analysis and mineral balancing need to be considered for good health.

Other fun NO Laminitis! 2017 Facts:

  • NO Laminitis! 2017 is an international conference with renowned lecturers and attendees from the US, Canada, the EU, the UK, and Australia.
  • The Thursday Meet and Greet session of the NO Laminitis! Conference is a prefect time to hang with a lot of great horse people you’ve known for years.
  • Hoof professional attendees are eligible for Continuing Education Credits from the American Association of Professional Farriers and from Pacific Hoof Care Providers. Veterinary Pros are also eligible for Continuing Ed credits.*
  • Local accommodations in Tucson are discounted for ECIR Group Inc. NO Laminitis! Conference attendees.

When:         The weekend of October 27 - 29, 2017
Where:        Tucson Hilton East, Tucson, AZ

Speakers:     Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD
                       Robert M. Bowker, VMD, PhD
                       Jaini Clougher, BSc, BVSc
                       Kathleen Gustafson, PhD
                       Lisa Lancaster, DVM, PhD
                       Lavinia Fiscaletti, BS - Moderator/Senior ECIR Group Volunteer
                       Paige Poss, APF, Anatomy of the Equine, LLC        
                       Carol Layton, BSc, M.Ed, Balanced Equine Nutrition

Full speaker information, lecture schedule, conference registration and Hilton accommodations link at

Many, many thanks to our growing list of Benefactors who so generously support the work of the ECIR Group and our 2017 conference.

California Trace • Soft-Ride Equine Comfort Boots • Auburn Laboratories, Inc. - APF • Forageplus • Uckele • Mad Barn

Triple Crown Feed and Ontario Dehy • Beetebites • Hay Chix • Emerald Valley Natural Health • EponaShoe

Black Horse Spirit • Anderson Feed - NuZu Feed • Omega Fields • Wedgewood Pharmacy • Equi-Analytical • Horse Tech • My Best Horse • Sox For Horses

Ration Plus • Yank Gulch Equine • Great Plains Forage Balance • New England Equine Balance • Jane Heart LLC

*This program 817-29300 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 13.00 CE Credits (13.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian, and/or 13.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (13.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of Category One: Scientific using the delivery method of Seminar/Lecture. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE, however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements. RACE does not "accredit" or "endorse" or "certify" any program or person, nor does RACE approval validate the content of the program.

About ECIR Group Inc.
Started in 1999, the ECIR Group is the largest field-trial database for PPID and IR in the world and provides the latest research, diagnosis, and treatment information, in addition to dietary recommendations, for horses with these conditions. Even universities do not and cannot compile and follow long term as many in-depth case histories of PPID/IR horses as the ECIR Group.

In 2013 the Equine Cushing's and Insulin Resistance Group Inc., an Arizona nonprofit corporation, was approved as a 501(c)3 public charity. Tax deductible contributions and grants support ongoing research, education, and awareness of Equine Cushing's Disease/PPID and Insulin Resistance.

THE MISSION of the ECIR Group Inc. is to improve the welfare of equines with metabolic disorders via a unique interface between basic research and real-life clinical experience. Prevention of laminitis is the ultimate goal. The ECIR Group serves the scientific community, practicing clinicians, and owners by focusing on investigations most likely to quickly, immediately, and significantly benefit the welfare of the horse.