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.
Proper trimming is vital to preventing lameness and injury for horses. Keeping a horse’s bars aligned and healthy are dependent upon trimming as well. Bars appear as white lines along the frog and are made up of lamina. Think of the bars like plastic straws – if you push down on the straw from the top, it stays strong and holds its form. If a straw gets too long, it will likely bend with any pressure that’s applied and become weaker. In order to keep bars aligned and healthy, hooves need to be trimmed and collected on a regular basis. Without healthy bars, a horse can develop what’s called a “stacked sole,” or worse, a bruised sole or abscess.
Recently we had a request on Facebook that asked to show the proper way to pick up a horses' foot. There are certain things to know before you pick up a hoof. You want to be able to calm a nervous horse as well as keep yourself and the horse comfortable. This latest video clip gives some tips on how to accomplish this.
I just wanted to tell you all about the new Ultra automatic dispensing gun. This is such a great gun because you can let it do the work for you. With its variable-speeds, rechargeable batteries and easy squeeze trigger, applying Vettec materials has never been easier. Watch the video below to see how awesome this gun is.
Horse holding is a very important thing to consider when the farrier is working on your horses' feet. When a horse moves its head, the angle of its foot moves, making it harder for the farrier to assess. Check out my latest video to see how you can help hold the horse correctly.