As horses enter breeding season this spring, pregnant mares become less active while bearing extra weight from pregnancy. Tab Pigg, Vettec’s Farrier-at-Large, recommends that farriers and horse owners remove horseshoes during pregnancy and use pour-in pad materials during the time period without shoes. Vettec’s Sole-Guard product helps serve as a transitional material when going from shod to unshod hooves by providing extra support as the hooves acclimate to barefoot.
Sole-Guard is a fast-setting, liquid urethane pour-in pad material providing durable support that retains its shape and
Nancy Stukenburg's farrier uses Vettec products and she recently shared this success story with us:
Pocahontas had clogs, then we switch to metal shoes using Equi-Pak. These photos show her on the second set. She was already on it during the winter for 7 weeks. She was still lame, I believe it might be due to the icy weather. She got her second set this past Monday the 16th. I guess this makes 8-9 weeks. She is doing better on this set. Her hoofs are almost full grown out. She not lame anymore. I love it.
Riders always ask us, "What does the foot look like after Sole-Guard is removed?" We say it looks good but a picture is worth a thousand words. Here's a before and after on an endurance horse that wears this same package of steel shoes and Sole-Guard from February through August...every 6 weeks.
We are always interested in scenarios where Vettec products are used for repairing something other than hooves. Recently we received the following interesting story from a turtle rehabilitation organization:
The turtle pictured was run over by a car. Her carapace (top shell) was fractured with soft tissue damage underneath. After administering pain medication I cleaned the carapace around the fracture and glued the post to it using your glue. The posts are used in the automotive industry, but work great for turtle repair.
After the glue set I ran zip ties through the posts (that is what
The 3rd Annual Vettec Hands on Clinic at the International Hoofcare Summit was a great success! We had several stations available for our 200+ attendees. The stations covered topics such as gluing on shoes or boots, pour-in-pad materials for shod and unshod feet and creating custom shoes with Super Fast. Each attendee was encouraged to participate in order to learn more about how Vettec products work and to become comfortable using them. If you are interested in attending or arranging a hands on clinic, please contact us, we would welcome the opportunity to work with you.
Farrier Caleb Fisher of Gordonville, PA recently worked on a high-level jumping horse with a severe club foot.
He used a double layer of foam boards to add extra concavity in pad. The shoe applied was a Polyflex glue-on and he used Equi-Pak Soft in the commissures of the frog for comfort and support. Regular Equi-Pak was immediately applied over the Soft to form the rest of the pad. This photo was taken 25 days after the pad was applied.
This time of year people wonder about using Equi-Pak or other Vettec pour in pad materials on their horses. The answer is that you can absolutely use Equi-Pak or the other pad materials in the snow. These materials makes a great snow pad and won't allow snow and ice to build up in the sole. Keep in mind that if your horses stand in the paddock all day, they will most likely get some snow sticking to the pad materials, but once they start moving the snow just falls off.
This time of year we receive many questions about using Vettec products on the snow and the ice. People want to know if our products will work to prevent snowball build up, if the materials will protect their horses feet in winter and also what to do to prevent slips on icy ground. We thought we'd address these issues for anyone wondering.
When trying to protect the foot and prevent snowball buildup, you can use any of the Equi-Pak products; Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS or Equi-Pak Soft (under a pad for the Soft) as pour in pad materials.