Tab Pigg began his career shoeing horses in 1983. As a Certified Journeyman Farrier, he has shod all types of horses from everyday ranch horses, to athletic event horses. He’s worked on countless therapeutic cases, gaining valuable experience and increasing his knowledge of hoof care with each case.
Tab held various positions in the Texas Professional Farriers Association and became their president in 2000. He served as an AFA examiner for 16 years and has competed in many forging and shoeing competitions. Tab has worked for Vettec as a technical specialist for the last 8 years.
Shoeing and helping horses is much more than a paycheck to Tab, knowing he has the ability to improve their quality of life, is what is most important to him.
In today’s world there are many different hoof boots on the market. Often there is a love hate relationship with boots; it seems that they either fit or they don’t. People that have boots that fit well generally love them, but a bad fit can cause someone to spend a lot of money trying to get the right fit.
With Vettec products, you can modify the fit of the boot, provide comfort and support in the bottom of the boot and fill in gaps between the hoof wall and the boot to combat movement or losing boots. Vettec’s West Coast rep, Larkin Greene and Tab discuss all of these options in this 2MT video.
In this 2MT video, Larkin Greene and I show the proper steps for gluing a boot on with Vettec's Adhere. We also show how to apply Equi-Pak Soft to the sole for comfort and support through a hole drilled into the bottom of the boot. This is a great package for a barefoot horse that needs protection while endurance riding or on extended pack trails.
In this episode of 2MT, I talk about abscesses and how to cover them safely with a pour-in pad material. The method I show in this clip is an easy way to provide protection, comfort and support to the sensitive area around the abscess while allowing access to the healing abscess so it can drain and be doctored on a regular basis.
Not all hooves are the same and many require customized packages for protection and support. This horse has deep commissures so I put Equi-Pak Soft over the frog area because a firmer material might be too firm for the deep grooves. Once the soft material was in, I poured Sole-Guard over the top to keep the soft in place as well as provide protection for the rest of the sole.