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.
Recently I attended an open house at Emerson's Horseshoe Supply and they had a pair of wagon horses brought in. One of the horses was foundered and had very little hoof wall connection with the sole.
You can see the horse was walking on the sole. I was not sure what I was going to do with this mess without X-rays and did not have any idea how bad the foot was. So we just jumped in and tried to make the hoof look as normal as possible. We trimmed off all the separation and got the foot as clean as we could and then we dug out all the fishers that could harbor infection.
There was no way we could nail a shoe on without pressuring the sole. We used Adhere up against the sensitive part
Pat Burton, CJF, has come up with a great new way of handling founder cases. Pat first creates a SuperFastshoe and then pours the sole with Sole-Guard to create a pad.
To prepare the foot, Pat trims the sole and makes sure to clean it of any dirt or debris. After the trim, Pat dries the foot with a heat gun or hair blow dryer. Once the foot is dry, he applies SuperFast to create a custom shoe. He then applies the Sole-Guard to the sole for an instant pad.
Pat has found that by spreading the weight over the whole foot and not just the wall and frog, he is having better luck recouping horses in a shorter time than nailing shoes on.
Below is a great video showing how to create a custom