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Heart Bar Pad with Equi-Pak CS

on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 18:56
This Paint horse had been suffering under run heels for a few months.
An easy way to get an even fill is to trace and cut blue foam board pieces to fit the open space around the frog plate.
A couple tablespoons of Equi-Pak CS is flowed into the area, then the foam board is placed over it and pressed gently to spread the material and push it into every gap, while leaving a thin protective pad to protect the sole while the horse is in his rock strewn paddock.

This Paint horse had been suffering under run heels for a few months; the heels had moved forward long enough to result in a negative palmar angle to the coffin bone (P3), and the horse was beginning to bear weight on the bulbs.  The farrier and vet team decided on a shoe package with a Myron McLane frog support pad to temporarily shift some of the load to the frog in order to provide some added support for the bone column, and relieve the stressed hoof wall.

To keep debris from making its way under the pad, especially around the frog, Equi-Pak CS was used to block any gaps, and provide

Will Vettec Help a Clubbed Foot?

on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 17:53

Vettec materials are often involved when hooves become misshapen, whether by genetics, overwork, or age. Clubbed feet are particularly problematic because they generally grow heel dramatically, little to no toe, and are often flat footed with no working frog. The resulting upward stance defeats the design of the hoof almost entirely because a hoof is meant to be conical with concavity in the sole so it can do three things: collect ground under the footfall, flex to absorb load, and grab the ground for the next go phase.

Vettec Sole-Guard Pad for Siri the Elephant

on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 16:40

The Syracuse Zoo recently contacted Kris Kibbey of Vettec to discuss options for their resident elephant, Siri.  Siri was wearing very uneven and her foot was almost rubbed raw from the wear.  Kris and the Syracuse Zoo staff decided to pour Sole-Guard onto the bottom of Siri's foot to provide protection and comfort to her worn foot.  The pour-in pad seemed to help her out and she showed signs of immediate relief!  Vettec products have the ability to help all types of animals.

Hoof Jack Repair with SuperFast

on Thu, 06/04/2015 - 19:56

The Hoof Jack is a durable, well made tool, but when a big horse decides to break something, it’s better to get out of the way and protect yourself from getting broken.  Once again SuperFast proves its worth for fixing just about anything….we roughed up the surface, drilled a few holes, applied SuperFast to both sides, and left it ugly….the beauty is in the savings.   If you have an unusual fix with SuperFast, track down a Vettec rep and provide pictures…you’ll likely get a free cartridge for your troubles.

 

Two Minutes With Tab - We Want to Hear From You!

on Thu, 05/14/2015 - 16:24

We have just finished shooting 7 new segments of Two Minutes With Tab.  Now we would like to hear from you all to see what topics you would like to see next.  Email us: info@vettec.com or find us on Facebook and let us know your thoughts. 

 

Vettec Hands on Workshop at Lookout Mountain School

on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 21:12
Students at Lookout Mountain School learn how to glue on shoes with Vettec's Adhere.

Lookout Mountain School of Horseshoeing recently hosted a Vettec Hands on Workshop with Lynne Myers.  Lynne helped the students learn how to glue on shoes and repair hoof wall with Adhere.  She also showed them how to create a custom shoe with Super Fast.

Scheduling a Hands on Workshop is easy, and best of all it is free!  Vettec provides all of the needed materials and a Vettec rep goes through various applications so that participants can become familiar with using the products.

"Modify Your Tools to Fit Your Needs"

on Thu, 04/16/2015 - 22:09

(Excerpt from April 2015 issue of American Farriers Journal)

Modify Your Tools to Fit Your Needs

Simple tweaks to your equipment can improve safety and efficiency

By Jeff Cota, Associate Editor

Many people have a difficult time adjusting to change.  Change can be good, though.  It can make work environments safer, improve efficiency and save money.

Vettec’s Sole-Guard Helps Horses Comfortably Transition to Unshod

on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 22:47

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

Equi-Pak helps with chronic laminitis

on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:32

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.

 

 

What does the foot look like after Sole-Guard is removed

on Tue, 02/24/2015 - 22:07

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.

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