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.
Seasonal weather changes have a major effect on a horse’s hoof health. Depending on the time of year, horses’ hooves change and may require extra attention and treatment. Neglecting environmental factors can lead to sole deterioration or other harmful consequences. When it comes to a horse’s environment, there are two main seasonal factors that impact hoof health: temperature and moisture.
How the Changing Temperatures Impact the Hoof Cavity
Depending on the weather, the speed at which a hoof grows can be affected. A cooler climate causes foot growth to slow down, while warmer temperatures allow for normal sole development. Changes in growth impact a horse’s hoof condition.
In this video, I talk about points of a trim. What I mean when I say points of a trim is, where the coffin bone is in relation to the toe, where the widest point of the foot is in relation to the toe and the heel, and where the bars are. This clip goes over what to look for and what to be aware of when trimming a foot.
Quarter cracks and coronary band problems can be significant issues to deal with. When you see a deviation in the foot, it is because of pressure, which must be removed. Watch this clip to see how you can remove pressure and shoe a foot that has coronary band issues.
When bars are left too long, they will begin to grow into the foot and start to cause problems. Trimming the foot and getting the bars back to their point of origin will help you get a stronger foot with better structure. It will also allow the back of the foot to function normally. In this video clip, I go over this process and show you where the bars should be after a trim.