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.
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.
There are many types of horse shoes and boots on the market today. You can find traditional metal shoes, multiple types of synthetic shoes and various hoof boots. In this 2MT segment, I go over some of the different types available and how they work. I hope you enjoy watching!
When riding over rocky terrain, some of our softer pad materials can get chewed up. There are different options for keeping the pads in shape on rough ground. I recently received a question on this topic and wanted to share the question and answer with you all.
I am using Equi-Pak CS as prescribed by my vet to stimulate sole growth in my horse that has half the sole depth he should have. However, in my rocky conditions in Arkansas it gets beat up and chips out very quickly, after a week or two. With the next shoeing I am going to boot him over the shoes and use a pour in pad when I ride to try to protect it.
No matter the season, anytime wet conditions are present, bacteria and fungus can get trapped in a horse’s hoof wall. Similar to human toenails, once fungus and bacteria have set in, it’s very difficult to conquer. This combination of pathogens in the hoof wall is a recipe for White Line Disease.
The Anatomy of White Line Disease
When looking at the bottom of a horse’s hoof, there is a white line that divides the outside of the hoof wall and the sole. This part of the hoof is also known as stratum internum, which is the innermost part of the hoof wall, and attaches the wall to the underlying soft tissue.