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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

Episode 2, V7 - Two Minutes With Tab - Corns

on Mon, 11/20/2017 - 23:26

There are two potential causes of corns. For shod horses, the condition occurs when the foot grows over the shoe where the sole, white line and heel come together in the hoof. Corns can also develop in the feet of horses when the coffin bone pushes down on the sole. Watch the latest 2MT video to find out how you can identify and manage corns
 

Identifying and Treating Corns on a Horse

on Fri, 11/03/2017 - 23:12
Corns are severe, visible bruising in a horse’s feet that are problematic if untreated.

Proper hoof care is essential to a horse’s well-being. Without regular hoof maintenance, horses can develop conditions in their feet that cause discomfort and can require costly treatment. One condition that is occurring more frequently in horses is corns – severe, visible bruising in a horse’s feet that is problematic if untreated. It’s important for horse owners to provide the proper support and protection to treat corns and get hooves healthy again.

Causes & Symptoms

There are two potential causes of corns. For shod horses, the condition occurs when the foot grows over the shoe where the sole, white line and heel come together in the hoof.

Episode 1, V7 - Two Minutes With Tab - Sore After Trim

on Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:43

Trimming a foot should not make a horse sore.  In this video clip, I discuss trimming methods and how to avoid sore feet.

Join Vettec for a Hands-on Workshop

on Thu, 09/28/2017 - 18:21

Vettec holds Hands-on Workshops at various locations throughout the US and Europe.  These events are free for anyone who is interested.  Attendees will learn how to support and protect the sole, apply new applications, create extensions, glue on shoes, correct angles and more!  Please check our website to find locations near you. We hope to see you at one soon.

 

Putting Foot Back on a Horse

on Fri, 08/25/2017 - 22:30

Maintaining and trimming horse hooves are essential in order to sustain optimal hoof health. Without proper hoof care, a horse’s feet can develop either too much toe or too much heel, among other conditions, and can result in costly treatment in order to get the hooves back to a healthy state. Lack of regular hoof maintenance can also cause horses to become uncomfortable or develop infections. When a horse’s feet become overly unkempt, it’s important for horse owners to provide the proper support and maintenance in order to get hooves healthy again.

Causes

The main cause of unhealthy hooves is lack of regular maintenance.

Protecting Barefoot Horses in the Summertime

on Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:53

As barefoot horses become more active in warmer months, it is important to consider the impact of different terrains on a horse’s hooves. With the summer season here, horses are out on the trail more, and it’s crucial to be cautious of their soles and hooves in order to maintain good overall hoof health. To do this, there are a couple of options.

The Benefits of Boots for Barefoot Horses

A rough, rocky trail can be a major change for horses compared to the softer terrain in a stall. To avoid soreness or discomfort on rough ground surfaces, unshod horses may need extra protection in order to keep them riding comfortably all summer long. Slip-on or glue-on boots provide barefoot horses with

How to Manage Thin Soles with Pour-In Pad Materials

on Thu, 04/13/2017 - 16:49
Proper trimming and awareness of a horse’s sole thickness is vital to maintaining optimal hoof health.

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, is genetically predisposed, if it’s an older horse or other environmental factors, it’s important that hoof care professionals examine the conditions horses are in because it directly impacts sole health. Similar to a fingernail on a fingertip, soles protect the feet from outside harm, and having thin soles is similar to having thin or even no fingernails, making the feet more vulnerable to injury or blisters on abrasive ground.

Environmental Factors: Ground Surfaces and How They Affect Hoof Health

on Mon, 03/27/2017 - 19:05
On abrasive surfaces, such as sand or gravel, horses can experience faster wear in hooves due to the coarse ground.

The surface a horse stands on can have a considerable impact on its hoof health. Depending on trimming procedures and how active a horse is, a horse’s hooves can change and may require extra attention. If neglected, a horse may experience sole deterioration or other harmful consequences. To maintain optimal hoof health, it is important for horse owners to consider the terrain a horse lives on (i.e. gravel, sandy or grassy ground) to avoid injuries or infections.

How a Hard Stomping Grounds Impact Hooves

Because changing terrains have a different impact on the sole, examining how a horse’s home turf affects its hooves is crucial when looking at overall hoof health.

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.

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