Leslie Baumgartner from Northern California realized a long time dream last week after entering and finishing her first Tevis Cup race. Though an experienced trail rider, Leslie had not done any endurance events prior to her 300 miles of qualifying rides earlier this year. Her 13 year old Quarter/Walker mare Grace showed she was fit enough and tough enough during those rides, though some would call her an unlikely candidate for endurance’s toughest event since most horses who compete at this level are Arabians or Arab crosses.
She contacted Vettec rep Larkin Greene after hearing about
"I bought Sole-Guard, after I read the instructions I am unsure if I can use it. My horse has thin soles and it said not to use it for thin soles. What can I use for thin soles and thin hoof walls? HELP"
The above was an email we received a few weeks ago. This is a good question, as Sole-Guard is a firmer pad material and isn't the right fit for all horse hooves. Here is our response to this issue:
A Sole-Guard application on thin soles will depend on what type of ground your horse is on and what it's activity level is.
American Farrier's Journal recently posted an article featuring Farrier Tips titled, "Thinking Outside the Box" by Jeremy McGovern. The article provides a great example of how the farriery industry is full of innovative thinkers. Vettec is pleased to note that the featured innovative thinker, Todd Allen, discusses a hoofcare solution he came up with using Super Fast. We thought we'd share the article with you all:
As an industry, farriery is populated with people who add unique ideas when addressing old footcare problems.
Serious cases of seedy toe can lead to compromised hoof wall integrity. The seedy toe can allow dirt and debris to pack up between the wall and the lamina causing irritation and issues. At Vettec, when we hear about cases like this, the first thing we recommend doing is having a qualified farrier and a vet out to give the horse a trim and to find out what all is going on with the foot.
If seedy toe turns out to be the issue, resecting the hoof wall in the affected area will allow a farrier to remove any impacted debris and will expose the affected area to oxygen.
One of the questions we get here at Vettec is: "What product should I use for my sore-footed horse who was trimmed too short?"
We would say that if you feel that too much of the sole was removed and you just need some cushion and protection then Equi-Pak would do the trick. We would recommend that you only fill up to where the Equi-Pak runs under the branch of the shoe and not to ground level. This is best applied when the shoe is being put on but if a shoe is already put on, then:
Take a wire brush and clean the sole and frog out thoroughly.
I have a horse in my care whose frog has been over thinned that resulted in an abscess. The abscess is now dry and trying to heal. Do you have a product I can apply to his sole to offer protection until his frog can heal?
Thanks for the question. In your case the best option would be the use of Sole-Guard, as long as the frog is not moist or bleeding. If it has healed and just not fully grown back you'll be fine. Please see our videos, online or in DVD, for full application directions.
In April Vettec Rep Kris Kibbey worked at Hocking College in Ohio with the farrier students at the school.
"We spent the day going over the full range of Vettec products. We had a short power point presentation that went over all of the material uses and set time of the products. Then I showed the application procedure to the students and once that was finished they had the opportunity to use all the products on the schools horses. We talked about the importance of drying the foot before applying any materials to ensure a proper bond. Several students practiced creating
If you have ever had a plug in a Vettec cartridge you know how frustrating it can be to get the material flowing again. The key to not getting a plugged cartridge is not to hit the release button on the back of the dispensing gun untill the mix tip has been removed. You have unmixed material sitting at the back of the tip, when you release pressure it sucks material back in the tube and BAM there's your plug. So don't hit the button!!!!
It is essential to dispense a small amount of material out of the cartridge before putting the mix tip on. Many users open the tube and do not level the material before they start dispensing it onto the foot. This can result in the materials being unable to mix properly and therefore, not performing properly.
Because Vettec products will bond to anything, even moisture, it is critical that moisture levels in the hoof be regulated before application. Since we first introduced our line of adhesive materials, we have instructed that before applying Vettec materials, you must dry the hoof thoroughly. All hooves contain natural moisture and must be dried for the product to achieve the appropriate bond to the sole. Notice the moisture ring in the top picture to the right, this is the natural moisture that a hoof produces, even if it appears dry.