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.
Do your boots have holes in them from working out in the field or the barn? Don't toss them out and replace them, fix them! Vettec's new SG-20 Adhesive is perfect for the job.
SG-20 is made of a propriety blend of two-part poly-urethane adhesive material that adheres to dry neoprene, poly-urethane, and canvas making it ideal for repairing many different styles of Muck Boots™, frog toggs®, Xtra Tuff boots and foul weather gear.
Last week was the first class of 2014 for Lookout Mountain School of Horsesheoing and their introduction to Vettec products. Lynne Myers created a SuperFast shoe and let one of the students finish it to get an idea of how easy it is to use. Lane McNew and Lynne also went over the basics of gluing on shoe with Adhere. Lynne will go back in a couple weeks for their hands on clinic day. This group is anxious to try everything!
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This is a shot of a shoe glued on with Adhere 7 weeks after application. The horse was turned out 24/7, in extreme cold and snow which then turned into mud and back to snow. Notice the tight bond to the hoof wall after all of this time and weather. The key to successes here was extra drying time. The foot was dried for 1.5 minutes instead of the normal 30-60 seconds. This reduced the moisture level by 50% on the hoof, allowing for a much stronger bond.
Farrier Chance Overacker sent us these before and after pictures of a gelding that he worked on. Here is what he had to say:
This is a 6 year old paint gelding who had extremely and weak brittle hoof walls. I believe he might have had a nutritional problem that wasn't being addressed. I applied Adhere to his hoofwall on two concurrent visits. When I returned for the second application, the Adhere had prevented cracking and brittleness of the hoofwall. The repair also prevented excess moisture build up in the cracks and prevented anaerobic bacteria from growing in the hoof crack.
After a highly successful hands on clinic in 2013, Vettec has decided to hold two more sessions at the 2014 International Hoof Care Summit. This will be a hands on clinic for farriers at no charge. We already have twice the amount of people signed up than we did at this time last year! If you have not registered, but would like to, please click here to be directed to the registration form.
The first session of our clinic will start at 9am on Tuesday the 28th and will end at 10:30. The second session will start at 10:45am and will go until noon.
This Kookaburra is a large bird native to Australia and New Guinea...you've probably heard their distinct "laughing" call on every jungle movie ever made. This one cracked his 4" bill by playing with it's food....Kooks are carnivorous, and often whack their live prey to kill it and shatter bones, making it easier to swallow whole and digest. Defects do grow out but can be susceptible to fungus, and infection from tissue remnants from their food. Once again, SuperFast proves its worth as a repair material.
My horse has gone barefoot for the last 5 month. I wonder if you have a solution of any kind for glue that can replace metal shoes for a period of two months. Mainly I would like the flexibility of the hoof during riding.
Thank you for your question. You have two options for your situation: