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Environmental Factors: How Weather and Temperature Affect Hoof Health

on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 20:47
Pour-in pad materials help protect against environmental factors and weather changes.

Seasonal weather changes have a major effect on a horse’s hoof health. Depending on the time of year, horses’ hooves change and may require extra attention and treatment. Neglecting environmental factors can lead to sole deterioration or other harmful consequences. When it comes to a horse’s environment, there are two main seasonal factors that impact hoof health: temperature and moisture.

How the Changing Temperatures Impact the Hoof Cavity

Depending on the weather, the speed at which a hoof grows can be affected. A cooler climate causes foot growth to slow down, while warmer temperatures allow for normal sole development. Changes in growth impact a horse’s hoof condition.

Episode 10, V3 - Two Minutes With Tab - Points of a Trim

on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 18:27

In this video, I talk about points of a trim.  What I mean when I say points of a trim is, where the coffin bone is in relation to the toe, where the widest point of the foot is in relation to the toe and the heel, and where the bars are.  This clip goes over what to look for and what to be aware of when trimming a foot. 


Tab Pigg, CJF


Episode 9, V3 - Two Minutes With Tab - Coronary Band Quarter Cracks

on Fri, 12/09/2016 - 00:22

Quarter cracks and coronary band problems can be significant issues to deal with.  When you see a deviation in the foot, it is because of pressure, which must be removed.  Watch this clip to see how you can remove pressure and shoe a foot that has coronary band issues. 

Episode 8, V3 - Two Minutes With Tab - How Bars Affect Feet

on Fri, 10/21/2016 - 22:36

When bars are left too long, they will begin to grow into the foot and start to cause problems.  Trimming the foot and getting the bars back to their point of origin will help you get a stronger foot with better structure.  It will also allow the back of the foot to function normally.  In this video clip, I go over this process and show you where the bars should be after a trim. 


Regaining Sole Thickness with Proper Trimming and Pour-in Pads

on Wed, 09/21/2016 - 17:22
To regain and maintain sole thickness, pour-in pads can be a helpful way to protect the remaining sole that’s left and allow more sole to grow.

Proper trimming and awareness of a horse’s sole thickness is vital to maintaining optimal hoof health. Whether a horse is growing back over-trimmed soles or it is genetically predisposed to thin soles, it’s important that hoof care professionals examine the conditions horses are in because it directly impacts sole health. Think of soles like calluses on feet – if you’re active, calluses protect your feet from getting blisters. If calluses are removed from feet when you’re active or in abrasive conditions, the feet develop blisters and become painful. In order to keep soles in healthy condition, hoof care professionals need to be astute to the conditions the horses are in.

Episode 7, V3 - Two Minutes With Tab - Shod to Barefoot

on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 22:54

Successfully transitioning from shod to unshod can be a simple process if done correctly. The way to achieve this is to get rid of muscle memory and keep in mind that it is a mistake to trim like you would if you were going to put a shoe back on.  In this video, I go over what I do when transitioning a horse to barefoot. 

Thanks for watching.

Tab Pigg, CJF

Keeping Hooves Maintained and Bars Aligned with Proper and Consistent Trimming

on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:23
This hoof has over grown bars

Proper trimming is vital to preventing lameness and injury for horses. Keeping a horse’s bars aligned and healthy are dependent upon trimming as well. Bars appear as white lines along the frog and are made up of lamina. Think of the bars like plastic straws – if you push down on the straw from the top, it stays strong and holds its form. If a straw gets too long, it will likely bend with any pressure that’s applied and become weaker. In order to keep bars aligned and healthy, hooves need to be trimmed and collected on a regular basis. Without healthy bars, a horse can develop what’s called a “stacked sole,” or worse, a bruised sole or abscess.

Symptoms of Unhealthy Bars

When horses show

Episode 2, V6 - Two Minutes With Tab - Pick Up The Foot

on Fri, 06/17/2016 - 16:34

Recently we had a request on Facebook that asked to show the proper way to pick up a horses' foot.  There are certain things to know before you pick up a hoof.  You want to be able to calm a nervous horse as well as keep yourself and the horse comfortable.  This latest video clip gives some tips on how to accomplish this.

Thanks for watching. 


Vettec's Automatic Dispensing Gun

on Fri, 05/27/2016 - 22:19

I just wanted to tell you all about the new Ultra automatic dispensing gun.  This is such a great gun because you can let it do the work for you. With its variable-speeds, rechargeable batteries and easy squeeze trigger, applying Vettec materials has never been easier.  Watch the video below to see how awesome this gun is. 

Episode 1, V6 - Two Minutes With Tab - Hold Your Horses

on Mon, 05/16/2016 - 18:47

Horse holding is a very important thing to consider when the farrier is working on your horses' feet.  When a horse moves its head, the angle of its foot moves, making it harder for the farrier to assess.   Check out my latest video to see how you can help hold the horse correctly.  

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