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.
This latest 2MT video is all about the different shapes of horse shoes. In this clip, I will discuss which shapes are available as well as what shape is best for your horse. I hope this video is helpful!
Thank ya'll for your interest in these educational videos.
Just curious, as every time I watch your intro video, my eyes go to the horse's movement in the hind legs. As it's walking down the trail the right foot, especially, turns in and the hock wobbles as the horse moves out.
Is this because of the narrow trail it's navigating or does the horse have a hock/conformation issue?
Another reason this draws my attention is that my 12 year old Paso Fino has just been diagnosed with early stage of arthritis in his right hock (has bone spavin). He, too, turns his right foot inward when walking and vet says it's because he's trying to protect the pain. He's never been ridden hard or had any reason to have this issue, unless it's genetic.
Here is a recent conversation I had regarding crushed heels.
Q: What could I do different to my horse's hooves with crushed heels? His hooves roll under due to improper hoof care in his past. My farrier has been working on him and I have him on Biotin, but nothing seems to be working.
A: In a situation like this you really have to be aggressive when you trim the heels. It's hard to get some farriers to do it, but it has to be trimmed back where the horn starts to bend and run under, (You should be able to see the bend). This has to be kept up maybe on a shorter trimming cycle. You don't have take a lot off the bottom just keep bring the heels back.