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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

How to Manage Superficial Hoof Wall Cracks with Pour-in Pad Materials

on Fri, 02/23/2018 - 20:08
Equi-Pak CS from Vettec is a supportive material that helps to keep pressure off the hoof wall and strengthen the hoof

Superficial hoof wall cracks are small cracks in the hoof wall, or microcracks – a little larger than the size of a hair. Although these cracks do not have any structural effects on the hoof, they can weaken the attachment between the hoof wall and sole and lead to larger cracks or bacteria build-up. To ensure strong and healthy hooves, it is important that horse owners and farriers address superficial hoof wall cracks with proper support before the cracks become a bigger problem.

Causes and Symptoms

Although some horses have predisposed, internal structural issues that can lead to cracks, the main cause of microcracks in the hoof wall is often moisture fluctuation.

How to Identify and Manage Contracted Heels

on Tue, 01/30/2018 - 19:00
How to Identify and Manage Contracted Heels

If a horse experiences sore heels, it can be hard for the horse to stand comfortably without pain and can lead the horse to develop worse conditions. While there are many consequences that can result from sore heels, horses with this condition are prone to develop what’s called contracted heels. Contracted heels are characterized by a narrowing of the heel between the two bulbs, the soft fleshy area where the hoof wall, heel and coronary band come together. When this happens, it is important to provide the proper hoof support in order to manage the condition, improve hoof health and avoid lameness.

Causes and Symptoms

When a horse has sore heels, it is uncomfortable to bear weight on its

Episode 4, V7 - Two Minutes With Tab - Contracted Heels

on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 21:21

When heels are left too long on a horse, the back of the foot can become sore, resulting in contracted heels. When I come across this situation, I recommend trimming the heels back to bring the frog closer to the ground and then engaging the frog by applying support such as a pour-in pad material.

Episode 3, V7 - Two Minutes With Tab - Engaging the Frog

on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 20:28

The way I choose to keep the frog engaged with the ground is by pouring a 1/2 pad.  Applying a pour-in pad in the heel of the hoof helps to keep the frog engaged with the ground while keeping the toe open for traction.  Watch to see how to create this package on the hoof. 

Tab Pigg, CJF