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November 2012

2MT - Two Minutes With Tab - Thin Soles and Your Horse

on Mon, 11/26/2012 - 22:27

Hi Y'all,

Have you ever been told that your horse has thin soles?  Thin soles on a horse can potentially create health issues.  What should a sole look like and how thin is too thin?  What causes thin soles and what can you do about it?  

I've created a new 2MT video that answers these questions and more.  You can watch the short video HERE, or by clicking below. 

Don't forget that you can email me with any questions about your specific situation at:

Thank Y'all for your time.  Enjoy!

- Tab Pigg

2MT - Two Minutes With Tab - White Line Disease

on Tue, 11/13/2012 - 22:41
This is a picture of a hoof with With Line Disease.

Hi Y'all,

I've posted a new 2MT video, this one is on White Line Disease.  If you've ever dealt with it, you know that White Line Disease is nothing to mess around with.  It is an opportunistic fungus, and left untreated, can result in serious problems.  

In this video, I have a chance to show you what WLD looks like on a live horse and how it can be treated.  I hope this is useful information!

Please email me with any questions or comments:

Thank you all for your time!

- Tab Pigg


Sheared Heels Cause This Horse to be Lame

on Wed, 11/07/2012 - 19:37
This is a horse with sheared heels.

A horse can develop sheared heels when the weight of the horse is not distributed evenly over the entire surface of the hoof during the landing phase of it's stride.  If this happens, the area of the foot (in most cases the heel) that receives more impact than it should, will start to breakdown.  When the heels are sheared other issue such as lameness, bruising, quarter cracks, thrush and more can arise.  So fixing this issue as soon as possible is critical. 

In the case study here, the horse in the pictures came into a vet clinic.  The horse was lame, and needed help.  He had been shod with egg bar shoes and the fit was very tight.

Episode 5 - Two Minutes With Tab - Founder

on Tue, 11/06/2012 - 19:05

Hi Y'all,

Have you ever wondered, what founder is and what causes it? Take a look at my latest 2MT video to find out, see pictures of foundered hooves and find out what  I'd suggest to do if you suspect your horse has foundered.

I hope this information helps you recognize the signs of founder.  Please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss the topic of founder further. 

Stromsholm Farrier Apprentice's day in England

on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 16:45
Tab Pigg at Stromsholm Farrier Apprentice's day in England.

Recently I had the privilege of attending the 10th Annual Apprentice Seminar hosted by Stromsholm Ltd, in the United Kingdom.  Stromsholm Farrier Supply puts this event on each year to provide a day intended to help the 4th year students get prepared for the qualification test coming up in the Spring.

The event was held at The Trust's Home of Rest For Horses. This is a retirement facility for horses that have finished their tour of duty from the military and police horses from around London.  I gave a short clinic on using Vettec products while the students waited to go over the different shoes.  Life Data Labs also held lectures for the students. 

This year there were around 80 students