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The Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry, Inc. was founded in December of 1999 with the aim to provide innovative solutions for the international equine hoof care industry. As modern equine management practices evolve, so too does the need for cutting-edge information, highly trained professionals, innovative products and equipment. With the sincere desire to make a positive impact on the industry, we focus our efforts on providing the latest technology, most up-to-date research, and innovative techniques to meet the growing demands and challenges facing today’s horse owner and equine professional. We embrace the responsibility of sharing our expertise with others so they to can make a positive impact on today’s equine hoof care industry.

Our team

Dedicated Professionals with one mission in mind; helping you succeed.

Dr. Robyn Lord

President / Co-Founder

Dr. Robyn Lord is President and Co-Founder of the Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry.  Receiving her Doctorate in Business from the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2018, Dr. Lord is committed to researching areas within the Equine Industry that would provide important data to the science of equine podiatry.  As a current educator, Dr. Lord has taken her years of leadership at the Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry to provide academic guidance to future graduates.  With over 20 years of General Management experience, Dr. Lord has developed teams, elevated managers, and groomed entrepreneurs.  Dr. Lord is a proud alumni member of Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers where she earned her executive M.B.A. in 2015.  Putting business education first, Dr. Lord strives to empower people in leadership and to strive for excellence in business matters.  With 30 years of experience in the equine industry, Dr. Robyn Lord’s research focuses primarily on long-standing belief systems in the equine industry providing business models for change management. Her research provides exceptional data supporting the paradigm shift represented by the Institute’s educational programs.


educator / c0-founder

Keith “KC” La Pierre has over 35 years experience as a professional farrier and 40 years as a professional horseman. Mr. La Pierre is an accomplished researcher, published author, teacher and lecturer. He has lectured at universities and conferences the world over, including Cambridge University, University of Florida, Royal Society London, and the International Hoof Summit, Ohio. He has held courses and workshops in 8 countries with translations in three different languages, accumulating over 20 years of teaching experience. His published works have helped shape this ever evolving hoof care industry. His most recent published work “Laminitis, Founder  & Equine Digital Osteoarthritis, Diagnosis and Treatment” redefines remedial farriery and equine podiatry, presenting new perspectives for the treatment and care of the equine foot. His continuing dedication to never-ending improvement is an asset to the Institute that no other school can make claim.

Xavier Meal, ADAEP

Faculty France

Xavier Meal has over 12 years of experience working with the Institute. Xavier is a accomplished equestrian, a published author, and a practicing Applied Equine Podiatrist. Xavier presented numerous lectures on Applied Equine Podiatry and Holistic Hoof Care throughout France. He has written a book on the subject of hoof care that is published in France. He works diligently with horse care professionals, veterinarians and fellow alumni in France to promote the principles, philosophies, and methods of Applied Equine Podiatry. Xavier Meal aids KC La Pierre and Dr. Robyn Lord in developing educational programs that best serve France.


Karen Beaumont, ADAEP

Faculty U.K.

Karen Beaumont is an Applied Equine Podiatrist, graduating from the Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry in 2006 (DAEP), later becoming licensed as an IAEP Practical Instructor. She completed her Advanced Diploma (ADAEP), and is now a Faculty Member for the Institute’s Online Study Program. Her first introduction to AEP was in 2004 when her horse Tilly was experiencing serious hoof problems. She became concerned that the traditional hoof care she was receiving would not be sufficient to solve her problems in the long term. She decided to research other options. Her investigations led to the “Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry”. After attending her first 5-day course, she was completely hooked. She had joined the course wishing to learn more as a horse owner, but came away with the support of her husband and family intent on building a new career. She lives in Cheshire UK with her husband and two Brittany Spaniels. Karen believes ignorance may be bliss, but knowledge is empowerment. Her mission is to aid in the education of Applied Equine Podiatry, to support her clients in their pursuit of enlightenment and creativity when caring for their horse’s feet and health, and to help students in their quest for growth, understanding and excellence.


Stacey Odlum, ADAEP

Instructor France

Stacey holds her degree in Advanced Applied Equine Podiatry. She became an instructor for the Institute in the summer of 2013. She has since taught courses in Switzerland, Belgium, and France. Stacey is also a practicing ADAEP maintaining a steady client base, some of whom have been with her since she received her level 1 diploma in 2012. Stacey is deeply passionate about sharing knowledge. “I love being able to share this information with horse owners and professionals alike. My students are always amazed at the intricacies of the hoof”.

Siobhan Dillon, ADAEP

Instructor U.K.

The possibilities of shoeless riding came to my attention around 2000. Finding KC’s work and theories made a lot of sense to me and still do. I gained my Diploma in 2006 and have continued with all the courses offered. It has been a fascinating journey. I have thoroughly enjoyed bringing on my own shoeless horse at DIY facilities. My horses are as capable as any of the shod horses in negotiating the rides around us and more.  I work full-time with horses, mostly with foot care. The philosophies and principles of AEP have a great deal of resonance in so many walks of life. I find the theories and models to be powerful in helping to understand what is going on with the equine foot. Teaching and sharing with people is a always a joy and a privilege. I love the fresh perspectives brought forth by course participants. I, like my students, remain on a continual journey of learning.