Below is a recent tech question and answer that we thought we'd share with you!
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.
Great question! Normally we would caution against this type of application. If the abscesses are totally dried then you could give it a try.
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
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