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.
Here is the latest 2MT video. This one features a friend of mine, Pat Burton. Pat discusses toe cracks and what to look for when you are dealing with them. The horse in this video is one that Pat has been treating for the past several months. I hope you enjoy watching.
Hi Everyone, I thought you might enjoy reading this tech question and answer on thin walls, thrush and sore feet.
I have an 8 year old thoroughbred who ran a lot on the track before I got him. He gets sore feet a lot, he has thin walls and needs something on his feet year round to keep his feet from breaking off a lot. I am alternating between cast and shoes. Would adding Vettec help him? He also gets thrush really easy and has sore soles if he's bare foot for too long. How do you keep the foot from getting to thrushy with this stuff covering the whole foot? - K.R.
"I have a horse that has thin soles and cannot go barefoot. I had pads put on him that did not work. He has pain from pressure on the back of the foot. Is there any of your products that you think might work for me? I am enclosing pictures of my horse. Help Please!" - Laura
Thank you for sending the photos over this will help a bunch.
First things first, it's hard for me to really pick on a shoe job because, I don't know the conditions and how old the job is.
The first thing that jumps out at me is the size of shoe, I would like to see at least a size bigger on this foot.
"Hello I have a horse named Gurdy and about 11 years ago, before we got her, she got a splinter stuck in her hoof and it has split down all the way and it looks awful. We have tried putting horse shoes on her but they just closed it up a little bit. I was wondering what I could do about it. Please reply." - Carly
"Hi Carly, sometimes when the white line has a puncture or an opening in it what can happen is that it fills up with dirt and anything else they step in. What I have done on some horses is go in and open the hoof wall up. I usually find an impaction about half way up the hoof. This is what is causing the split in the wall.