Cornell’s Equine Seminary Series presents “How Saddle Fit Affects Performance, Lameness and Shoeing”

WHAT: Steve Kraus, CJF, Head of Cornell’s Farrier Service, will help equestrians learn about the problems that are caused by a poor fitting saddle and how to correct them.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 6 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Via zoom, registration required

MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Len Johnson at


ITHACA, N.Y. – Horse owners and farriers are very aware that poor fitting horseshoes can cause discomfort and lameness in horses. Unfortunately, many do not realize that poor fitting saddles can cause lameness, gait faults, shoeing problems and even personality problems. Ways to assure a reasonable saddle fit to prevent complications with your horse will be presented during the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Seminar Series, on Tuesday, September 21 from 6 – 7 p.m. via Zoom.


Steve Kraus is an American Farriers Association, Certified Journeyman Farrier who has been the head of Farrier Services and a Sr. Lecturer of Large Animal Surgery, at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and the instructor of the Farrier School there since 2010. Prior to that, he worked for over 40 years in his own farrier business in Central New York. He is known for troubleshooting lame, injured and underperforming horses and has shod horses of practically every breed and discipline. He has lectured to farriers, veterinarians and horse owners all over the US, Canada, South America and Europe. He has been a featured speaker at the International Hoof Care Summit, Laminitis Conference, Equine Affaire and the American Farriers Association Convention. Steve has written many articles published in the American Farriers Journal, The Horse Journal and The Professional Farrier. In 2016, he was inducted into the International Farriers Hall of Fame.


The Cornell Equine Seminar Series is presented by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Hospital, the New York State 4-H Horse Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Held monthly, equine experts present on important equine health and management topics. The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to register with Len Johnson at


For additional information about the college, see the College of Veterinary Medicine news website.

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