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October 2012

Adhere Repair on Chipped Hoof wall

on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 19:00
This is a picture of the chipped hoof when it arrived at camp.

Each year a large group of domestic and international riders gather to ride from Fort Sumner to Lincoln, New Mexico to re-live part of the "Old-West" and trace the footsteps of the infamous Billy the Kid. The ride crosses five ranches and 150 miles. On the Billy the Kid Trail Ride the horse and rider have to negotiate some of the roughest, toughest terrain the American South-West can dish out.

Last year, I was invited to follow the ride with the support team to provide assistance with hoof related issues. Vettec's Equi-Pak and Sole-Guard were applied to a few of the horses for protection and support to help them navigate the demanding terrain.

Adhere was also used to repair chipped hoof

Helping a Bow Legged Donkey Become More Comfortable

on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 21:27
Here is a before shot, you can see how bowed her legs are.

Recently I was called out to work on a very old, bow-legged donkey.  This was a rescue animal and was in a lot of pain.  The owner wanted to do anything possible to relieve the pain, so she called me out to take a look.

Donkeys are naturally slightly cow-hocked (a conformation defect where the points of the hock are close together, the fetlocks wider apart than normal).  They are this way because they are a draft animal and descendants of draft animals. Draft animals are used for work, and being cow-hocked helps pull a load because the animal can more easily get it's feet under themselves to aid in pulling.

However, when severe cow-hocks are present, the leg’s bony column doesn’t line up,

Episode 4 - Two Minutes with Tab - Laminitis and Equine Foot

on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 18:00

Hi Y'All, 

Have you ever wondered what laminitis was and what causes it?  In the latest 2MT video, I discuss this condition, the causes, and how to spot symptoms.   I hope you enjoy watching

Thank you for your time! 


Trimming Horse's Heels doesn't really change angles

on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 18:08

Hey All,

I thought I'd share a some info with you on trimming heels and angles.  As the title says, trimming doesn't really change the angles all that much.  This is just good information for you to learn. 

This was a cadaver I picked up to show that trimming the heels back does not really change angles.  

The series of photos illustrates my point.

Thanks for your time, I hope this helped you understand a bit about trimming and angles.

The first picture shows the shod foot.The next picture is the same foot after removing the shoe.
In picture 3, you will see that the first line in the middle of the foot is center of rotation. This is just a marker that we can measure from.

Recent Technical Call re: Sole-Guard and Equi-Pak CS

on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 22:29
"There is no thrush present as far as I can tell, but there is significant black bacteria in the sole."

Hello All,

Recently I had an interesting technical question from a Vettec user and I thought I'd share the question and answer with you.  Here you go!

QUESTION: "Hi, My client has a 16 year old mare that is blind.  Her feet have very deep soles and deteriorating frogs. There is no thrush present as far as I can tell, but there is significant black bacteria in the sole. I don't think frog restoration is possible. What can make this mare more comfortable with potential restoration in mind?"

MY RESPONSE: "Hi there, thank you for contacting us regarding this situation.  I am going to go ahead and call the black bacteria thrush, just to be on the safe side.

Vettec's Sole-Guard on a Thin Soled Bare Foot

on Mon, 10/08/2012 - 18:38
Thin soled foot with no shoe.

Sole-Guard is a firm material and typically it is applied to a good footed, unshod horse as a preventative measure to avoid any kind of stone bruising while trail riding.  Recently I had a case with an unshod horse that had thin soles.  The owner did not want to put shoes on the horse, but it needed some protection.  So we decided to block out the thin area of the sole with Play Dough and then fill the rest of the foot with Sole-Guard.  We used contouring plastic to smooth the surface of the material and let the horse stand on it for a few minutes.

After the Sole-Guard set up, we removed the plastic and dug out the Play Dough.

2MT - Two Minutes With Tab - Quiz!

on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 21:33
2 minutes with Tab quiz

Howdy Y'all!  

The Vettec Office came up with a short quiz for you to take based on the first and second 2MT Videos.  If you take the quiz, you will be entered into a drawing to win a Vettec Tool Bag (these are super handy to have).  There will be 5 winners in all.  You can take the quiz as many times as you'd like, but you only have until Oct. 15th, so you better get crackin'!!  Click on the word "Quiz" below and you should go right to it.  Good luck. 



Episode 3 - Two Minutes With Tab - Thrush in the Equine Hoof

on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 16:35

Hi Y'all,

This Episode of 2MT discusses thrush in the hoof, how it can be treated and why it arises.  I hope you enjoy this segment!  Please feel free to ask any questions or leave comments. 

Have a great day!


Vettec Super Fast Lateral Extension

on Wed, 10/03/2012 - 00:55
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To give a bit of back ground on cases like this, base narrow in the hind legs is a conformation that causes a horse to stand closer at the hooves than at the origin of the legs at the hips.  Often times a heavy muscled horse will suffer from this disability.

Having base narrow hind legs cause hooves to wing in, so the horse is more likely to interfere.  A horse with this type of confirmation can't develop speed for rapid acceleration.  The horse would also suffer from excessive stress and pressure on the outside of the hocks, fetlocks and hooves.  This can lead to degenerative joint disease, ligament strain, hoof bruising and quarter cracks, therefore, it must be remedied.  

In the case we

Sign Up for our 2MT email announcements!

on Tue, 10/02/2012 - 22:06
Sign Up for our Two Minutes With Tab email announcements!


Hi Ya'll,

We just added a new feature to the 2MT page! Now you can opt in to a 2MT email that will announce new blog postings and any other exciting or interesting 2MT news. Simply sign up on the left hand side of the 2MT page, under the orange box and you will be added to our list! 

Thank you all for your time!