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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.

 

2 Minutes with Tab Blog

Episode 1, V7 - Two Minutes With Tab - Sore After Trim

on Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:43

Trimming a foot should not make a horse sore.  In this video clip, I discuss trimming methods and how to avoid sore feet.

Join Vettec for a Hands-on Workshop

on Thu, 09/28/2017 - 18:21

Vettec holds Hands-on Workshops at various locations throughout the US and Europe.  These events are free for anyone who is interested.  Attendees will learn how to support and protect the sole, apply new applications, create extensions, glue on shoes, correct angles and more!  Please check our website to find locations near you. We hope to see you at one soon.

 

Putting Foot Back on a Horse

on Fri, 08/25/2017 - 22:30

Maintaining and trimming horse hooves are essential in order to sustain optimal hoof health. Without proper hoof care, a horse’s feet can develop either too much toe or too much heel, among other conditions, and can result in costly treatment in order to get the hooves back to a healthy state. Lack of regular hoof maintenance can also cause horses to become uncomfortable or develop infections. When a horse’s feet become overly unkempt, it’s important for horse owners to provide the proper support and maintenance in order to get hooves healthy again.

Causes

The main cause of unhealthy hooves is lack of regular maintenance.

Protecting Barefoot Horses in the Summertime

on Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:53

As barefoot horses become more active in warmer months, it is important to consider the impact of different terrains on a horse’s hooves. With the summer season here, horses are out on the trail more, and it’s crucial to be cautious of their soles and hooves in order to maintain good overall hoof health. To do this, there are a couple of options.

The Benefits of Boots for Barefoot Horses

A rough, rocky trail can be a major change for horses compared to the softer terrain in a stall. To avoid soreness or discomfort on rough ground surfaces, unshod horses may need extra protection in order to keep them riding comfortably all summer long. Slip-on or glue-on boots provide barefoot horses with

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