Today I’m speaking with Dr. Alan Manning, MSC DVM. From my early beginnings as a farrier, it was always exciting to run into this gentleman. He is one of those vets who will always work with you on a lameness problem and will never throw you under the bus if things don’t go as predicted with the shoeing plan. Some of my early mentors warned me about working with vets, but Alan quickly showed me that farriers and vets could work together as a team and that this was to the benefit of everyone, most importantly, the horse.
Dr. Alan Manning is well known in Canada for his expertise in performance horse lameness and rehabilitation, he has been an FEI accredited veterinarian for Canada for over 20 years and has attended the Pan-Am games for the Canadian Dressage team, as well as the World Equestrian Games for the Para-dressage team.
Every time I have had an opportunity to work with this man, he has patiently taught me a great deal. He is however a very hard person to peg down for an interview. It took a snowy day while working on a case with him at his farm and clinic in Orton Ontario, for us to finally have that conversation.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.