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About Us

The Equine Lameness Prevention Organization, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation organized and operated for education, research, and charitable purposes. Specifically, this organization has been formed to:

  • Educate the public on subjects useful to individuals & beneficial to the community.
  • Advance equine education & scientific research.
  • Support other individuals and organizations conducting charitable activities.

The purpose of this organization is to offer information on subjects useful to horse owners, trainers, professional equine health care providers, and the equine community as a whole. Additional, the E.L.P.O. hopes to encourage progress within the equine industry through advance education and scientific research. By gathering and organizing information through leading experts and research regarding lameness in horses, the E.L.P.O. is able to distribute the information to the equine industry to ultimately help treat and prevent lameness in horses.

As you can imagine, there are many facets to maintaining equine health and soundness, and the tasks involved in achieving the organization’s goals are numerous. In the professional experiences of many of our advisors, many of the causes of lameness in horses can be traced back to lack of good foot function or hoof related pathologies. Therefore, the majority of the E.L.P.O.’s efforts at this early stage are centered on hoof care and the practices of trimming and farriery. However, in time the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization will have the means by which to expand our efforts into other important fields of equine health care. Through donations and the support of the equine community, we believe we can make a positive contribution to soundness of the modern day horse and to the prevention of future lameness in equine everywhere.


Vision Statement

The vision of the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization (E.L.P.O.) is to facilitate the establishment of an Equine Community where equines are free from lameness and are able to maintain soundness so that they may be enjoyed by future generations.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide hoof care and equine care guidelines that are based upon research and the practical experiences of successful equine care professionals from around the world. When this is established, the E.L.P.O. will be in a position to offer this essential information to equine owners and equine professionals through various structured educational venues and professional certification opportunities.

Value Statement

The E.L.P.O. is guided by the following defining values. These values will govern our actions and decisions and we believe that putting our values into practice creates the pathway for our vision and ultimate goals for equine soundness and performance.

1) We take responsibility for QUALITY…

Our information and education will be the gold standard in terms of quality, accuracy and sensible implementation. We will deliver excellence, participate in continuous improvement and respond vigorously to necessary change. We will strive to be on the cutting edge of lameness prevention and improving performance in equines. Each participant in the E.L.P.O. is responsible for quality in both individual and collective endeavors.


We are dedicated to satisfying the needs of the Equine Community. We believe in listening to their requests, understanding their expectations and respecting all members of the community. We strive to exceed those expectations through cooperation, research, certification and education.

3) We provide LEADERSHIP as an organization and as individuals…

The E.L.P.O. leadership is founded on talented equine professionals that effectively apply advanced technology, innovative equine care practices and sound business management. We each lead through our competence, awareness and teamwork.

4) We act with INTEGRITY in all we do…

We are each personally accountable for the highest standards of behavior, including honesty and fairness in all aspects of our work. We fulfill our commitments as responsible citizens and equine professionals and will consistently treat equine owners, equine professionals, and other equine community organizations with the highest respect.


We treat one another with respect and take pride in the significant contributions of each individual, taking into account diverse backgrounds and creative ideas. Our continued success requires us to provide the education and development needed to help the equine community prosper and we are committed to openness and trust in our relationships.

Our Five Key Behaviors

  1. Live by the Organization Values
  2. Focus on Education & Excellent Information
  3. Act with Vigilance & Common Sense
  4. Communicate Openly
  5. Collaborate Across the Equine Community