Vettec Inc. 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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We hope you'll find the information on our website both educational and inspiring. Be sure to frequently visit our blog for the most up to date information on Vettec products and application techniques, upcoming hoof care clinics with our field reps, and other industry news.
Students at Bob Smith's Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School take part in an Adhesives Day led by Vettec's Larkin Greene. Bob recently invested in the Blacksmith Buddy, a working artificial equine leg with replaceable hoof capsules, developed by Southern California farrier Wes Champagne. The device is an anatomically correct and articulating horse leg for training farriers, veterinarians, and blacksmiths. Replaceable hoof capsules are attached to the leg via a quick connect/release device and can be nipped, nailed, rasped, and glued several times.
"Howdy! Wanted to let you know how much I love your products and attribute it to my stallions successes in multi-day 50mile endurance rides. DB Air Alamahn finished 3rd in the AERC Jim Jones stallion award, 8th lightweight west region and reserve CSHA lightweight champion in 2012. He has over 1800 competition miles! DB Air Alamahn & DB BEY BARZ are both currently ranked 2nd this year in the Jim Jones award with 500 mile each and the season has just started! All these rides we completed with Equi-pak CS and I also use your other products in my everyday farrier work.
Meet endurance rider and EquiPak devotee Carey Brock from Delhi, California. Carey and her 7 year old Arab mare Khandy Kiss have made quite an impact in the sport of Multi-Day Endurance, trail rides that can span up to five days and beyond. In a sport where few riders log one thousand miles in one year on the same horse, Carey and Khandy have ridden 2,160 miles together in the last two years and are on track to earn the AERC 3K Award by the end of this year. If she makes it, Khandy will be one of the youngest horses to achieve that distinction.
The second and third visits to the Central California coast revealed some progress in hoof shape and wall growth, and some limitations to the Super Fast application. After two Super Fast applications 4 weeks apart, much of it broke off due to the stresses involved with uneven weight bearing and the wet environment. Thrush also developed in the contracted heel bulbs and central sulcus. So a change in tactics was in order. Farrier Mike Hayward built a bar shoe that was to be glued on to give more support than the Super Fast could provide alone. Normally Adhere is used for glueing on shoes,
Vettec Super Fast works great for heel extension. Recently we received a case study from Christoph Schork who worked on a horse with under run heels and a negative palmar angle. The horse's deep flexor tendon had a stress tear because of it. Christoph used Super Fast and noted that the material adheres seamlessly with the hoof wall while supporting the horse structurally. Before using Super Fast, Christoph filled the frog area with Equi-Pak CS to support and comfort the sole.
With this package, the horse was able to stay barefoot, Christoph did not shoe in this case.
Frank Dugan of Vettec was recently in the UK and teamed up with Total Foot Protection, (TFP), to offer a hands on clinic to about 40 of their Farrier customers. It was a great day of discussions and practical learning. Vettec would like to thank TFP for hosting this unique continuing education experience for their customers.
Here is a great technical question and answer for you!
Q: My farrier filled our event horses' feet with Equi-Pak. With this material in the sole, will my horse slip more? Will I need to stud every time my daughter rides on grass? And will this pad material be safe to use in an arena? Thank you for your help!
A: A lot will depend on how full the Equi-Pak pad is in the foot. If it is filled to ground level, then we would suggest that studs be used on wet grass, or other wet surfaces. In the arena, traction normally is not an issue.