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Preparing for Winter

on Fri, 11/14/2014 - 22:34

As the days turn colder and winter approaches, it is time to think about preparing your horse for the changing climate.  Below is a checklist of tips we compiled to help you in your preparation.

  • Check horse blankets for wear and tear, replace or mend any blankets with holes.
  • Add additional bedding to the stalls for warmth.
  • Clean the barn out, removing dust and cobwebs so the air is clean while your horse is shut in for longer time periods.
  • If your horse is pastured, provide adequate shelter.
  • Make sure there is plenty of fresh, non frozen, clean water for your horses.

Super Fast shoes help a horse become sound

on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 22:27

Hi there Vettec. I had a case I thought I'd share with you from the other day. I had a Shetland pony who couldn't walk to the shoeing bay because they thought she had laminitis. When I inspected her feet I saw that her feet had been cut back too far and made her "sole bound". So with the use of Super Fast I created 2 front shoes for her. Even to my own amazement the mare left the shoeing bay and trotted back to her paddock. I saw her again in a week and the shoes were still holding strong. There was a very happy pony raising her young foal. Great result with a great product from Vettec.   

NYC Marathon

on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 17:51

Vettec rep, Kris Kibbey, recently ran the NYC Marathon.  Here is what he had to say about the event: 

On Sunday November 2 I ran the TCS NYC Marathon it was my 25th Marathon. It was 26.2 miles throughout the 5 Boroughs of New York City. The weather was very windy with gusts of 40+ MPH winds on the bridges and a high of around 45 degrees. It started in Staten Island and felt more like 20 degrees. I was in the 10:05 Wave start, The race has 3 start lines and 4 waves with  dividers in each wave to start the 50,000+ people who ran the race.

Removing Adhere Glue

on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:24

To remove a shoe glued on with Adhere, you will first need to rasp away the material on the outside of the wall so that all the glue that is left is between the shoe and the sole.  Then take a pair of pull offs and break the seal at each heel and work your way around like you would with a nailed on shoe. 

After you remove the shoe, you can either grind the glue off under the shoe or scrape if off with a screwdriver. 

 

Will Glue on Shoes Work for Barrel Horses?

on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 17:18

Here is an interesting Q&A on glue-on shoes and barrel horses.  

Question:

My barrel horse ripped a front shoe off recently and a lot of the medial and lateral hoof wall came off with the shoe, leaving very little hoof wall to nail to.  Would you recommend using Adhere to glue the shoe back on until the next shoeing?  Do you know how a glued on shoe would hold with a barrel horses level of activity?  

Answer:

Adhere is the ideal Vettec product for gluing shoes on.  Depending on how much wall was lost, we would suggest that you first rebuild the hoof wall with Adhere.  Please follow the

Vettec can Help Manage Chronic Lameness

on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:20

Vettec products can help manage acute and chronic lameness. Check out these examples to find out how.

 

  

   

     

 

The first photo shows an acute laminitic case that could not take the concussion of nailing. A SuperFast shoe was created with an Equi-PakICS pour in the caudal region and frog.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the second picture you see a chronic founder case in need of support.  We used Equi-Build in the caudal region for firmer support and Equi-Pak up front to keep debris out.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third picture is a chronic laminitic case with Equi-PakICS for support in heel region and

Can I use Sole-Guard on a foot healing from abscesses?

on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 22:35

Below is a recent tech question and answer that we thought we'd share with you!

Q:

Can you use Sole-Guard on a foot that's healing from several abscesses?  They have drained but are open into the hoof.  My horse  has foundered and now needs sole protection.  I don't want to put shoes on him.

 

A:

Great question!  Normally we would caution against this type of application.  If the abscesses are totally dried then you could give it a try.

Report on the use of Vettec products on a female Asian elephant at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (United Kingdom)

on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:03

This is a great story we received from the ASL Whipsnade Zoo.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has a 30 year old female Asian elephant that has a history of foot sole problem. These solar issues are secondary to an unusual gait caused by an abnormal conformation of the front legs, with the toes turning inwardly. Additionally, using radiography and pressure pad testing, it appeared that one leg was slightly shorter than the other, exacerbating the abnormal pressures on the soles.

An elephant from another collection with a similar problem has had significant improvement of conformation and gait after

Dreams come true at the Tevis Cup 2014

on Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:15

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

Tech Question: Will Sole-Guard work on a thin soled horse?

on Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:50

"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.

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