Vettec has been manufacturing and distributing the highest level of horse hoof care products worldwide for over 15 years. Vettec’s extensive line of hoof related materials allow your hoof care professional to complete hoof repairs and glue on shoes with Adhere, urethane adhesive, as well as create instant horse shoes and foal extensions with Super Fast, equi-thane adhesive.
Vettec produces six instant hoof pad materials to promote heel and sole growth, eliminate thrush, protect and support the equine foot, and prevent stone bruising. The wide variety of instant hoof pad materials allows you and your farrier to select the proper material depending on your horse’s hoof. Equi-Build, Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak|CS, Equi-Pak|Soft, Sil-Pak and Sole-Guard were all designed to protect and support your horse’s hoof.
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As the temperatures drop many wonder about using Equi-Pak in cold weather and if cooler weather affects the longevity of the product. Outside temperature typically are not an issue and do not affect the longevity of the product. However, there are a few tips you should follow to certify success.
First ensure that the product itself is in between 65-85 degrees (room temperature) when you use it. If you need to warm the product up, do so slowly, so that you do not overheat the material or the plastic cartridge.
As temperatures in parts of the country dip below freezing and weather presents wet conditions, horses become susceptible to snowballing and thrush in their hooves. Tab Pigg, CJF, recommends that farriers and horse owners apply snowball pads or pour-in pad material to horse’s hooves during the cold season to prevent snow becoming impacted in the hoof cavity.Vettec Equi-Pak CS can serve as a snowball pad and its special formula can reduce the likelihood of thrush, which often surfaces during wet seasons.
Vettec Equi-Pak CS is a fast-setting, soft, instant pad material.
Wet weather and muddy conditions are difficult situations for anything adhesive…temporary wetness like riding through creeks, passing through wet ground, and time at the wash rack don’t pose insurmountable problems for adhesive applications, but standing in water or mud is different.
Sole-Guard is a urethane pad material that can help in some situations, however it is limited to 2 to 3 weeks, and in a mud environment, that could be much shorter since feet swell and shrink with excess moisture then dry out, making it difficult to keep something bonded. Sole-Guard is also not recommended
Farriers rely on specialized tools and adhesives to keep horses’ hooves in healthy condition and treat them when there is an issue. With quality tools and pour-in pad materials on-hand, farriers can fit shoes and trim hooves at any time to keep horses sound and avoid injury.
Vettec’s Farrier-at-Large, Tab Pigg, leads hands-on clinics throughout the U.S. to teach shoeing and forging techniques to equine owners, farriers and veterinarians. Tab shares his expertise via a popular video and blog series “Two Minutes with Tab” on Vettec.com where he addresses questions and shoeing predicaments from
Several Vettec products can be used in conjunction with boots. Vettec pad materials can be used to provide comfort and support along with boots which provide protection.
When comfort and support are required with a boot, Equi-Pak or Equi-Pak Soft can be used to line or fill the boot.
To apply this type of package, you would need to clean the foot of any dirt or debris and apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly over the sole and the frog. You would then hold the foot level and fill it with the pad material of your choice. The material should be filled to the edge of the white line.
Sheared heels are often caused by an imbalance of the hoof capsule or uneven distribution. In extreme cases the entire heel area may contract. Due to incorrect weight bearing and distribution, heels are sheered, which results in one heel being pushed upwards making the frog narrower. Sheared heels cause stress on tendons and ligaments as well as the bony column. To correct or manage sheared heels the hoof needs to be balanced by trimming the heels (at times the side pushed upwards needs more trimming).
To facilitate proper growth of the hoof wall lamiae, a pour in pad may be applied for sole
At the recent Tevis Cup Endurance ride, a rider had a broken nylon ankle strap. She was no longer able to use it, until Vettec came to the rescue. Using a 50cc cartridge of Super Fast, Larkin Greene was able to repair the strap. Because Super Fast is an adhesive, Larkin used it to "glue" the strap back together, and it worked beautifully for the rest of the ride.
When gearing up for endurance and trail riding season, there is a lot of training and preparation that go into it for the rider and horse. Both have to be conditioned to face the 25, 50 or 100-mile race that lies ahead of them. Because a horse will be on their feet in rocky terrain for long periods of time, it’s important that hooves are properly protected, supported and prepared for any possibilities, such as uneven, loose footing, stepping on sharps, cuts and hoof impacts.
Endurance Racing Conditions
When racking up miles on difficult terrain, horses and riders endure challenging
(NAPSI)—Changing seasons, weather conditions, old age, injury, overfeeding and other conditions can all affect the way a horse moves and bears weight comfortably. Providing your horse a stable platform on which to carry itself is crucial to its long-term health. Certified Journeyman Farrier Tab Pigg recommends the use of pour-in pads to provide the extra support and/or comfort that horses require as they go through life’s stages.
The Old Way Historically, it was thought that anything put under a plastic or leather pad would provide protection and support and cushion the sole.