When it comes to keeping your horse healthy, hoof care is often the critical element that allows you to enjoy normal activities with your horse, such as riding. Both shod and unshod, otherwise known as shoed or barefoot, philosophies offer benefits, but also come with limitations, which directly affect the health of the soles. While shoeing is necessary for many horses, a shod foot does not absorb shock as efficiently, mostly because shoeing raises the sole and frog off the ground, and constrains the normal flex of the foot.
Everyone wants their work to look good, but when it comes to adhesives, pretty sometimes comes at the expense of strength; thicker is definitely stronger, especially when gluing to compromised feet. The Easy Shoes shown here can be glued on the bottom surface along with the side flanges, or just glued on with the side flanges alone. We like to add an adhesive toe clip and cover a bit of the shoe at the toe just to keep a toe stabber from loosening the bond. Note the Adhere is left thick along the top edge of the flange for added strength when the foot will be exposed to irrigated pasture
Several Vettec products can be used in conjunction with boots. Vettec pad materials can be used to provide comfort and support along with boots which provide protection.
When comfort and support are required with a boot, Equi-Pak or Equi-Pak Soft can be used to line or fill the boot.
To apply this type of package, you would need to clean the foot of any dirt or debris and apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly over the sole and the frog. You would then hold the foot level and fill it with the pad material of your choice. The material should be filled to the edge of the white line.
As horses enter breeding season this spring, pregnant mares become less active while bearing extra weight from pregnancy. Tab Pigg, Vettec’s Farrier-at-Large, recommends that farriers and horse owners remove horseshoes during pregnancy and use pour-in pad materials during the time period without shoes. Vettec’s Sole-Guard product helps serve as a transitional material when going from shod to unshod hooves by providing extra support as the hooves acclimate to barefoot.
Sole-Guard is a fast-setting, liquid urethane pour-in pad material providing durable support that retains its shape and
Hi there Vettec. I had a case I thought I'd share with you from the other day. I had a Shetland pony who couldn't walk to the shoeing bay because they thought she had laminitis. When I inspected her feet I saw that her feet had been cut back too far and made her "sole bound". So with the use of Super Fast I created 2 front shoes for her. Even to my own amazement the mare left the shoeing bay and trotted back to her paddock. I saw her again in a week and the shoes were still holding strong. There was a very happy pony raising her young foal. Great result with a great product from Vettec.
Below is a recent tech question and answer that we thought we'd share with you!
Can you use Sole-Guard on a foot that's healing from several abscesses? They have drained but are open into the hoof. My horse has foundered and now needs sole protection. I don't want to put shoes on him.
Great question! Normally we would caution against this type of application. If the abscesses are totally dried then you could give it a try.
"I bought Sole-Guard, after I read the instructions I am unsure if I can use it. My horse has thin soles and it said not to use it for thin soles. What can I use for thin soles and thin hoof walls? HELP"
The above was an email we received a few weeks ago. This is a good question, as Sole-Guard is a firmer pad material and isn't the right fit for all horse hooves. Here is our response to this issue:
A Sole-Guard application on thin soles will depend on what type of ground your horse is on and what it's activity level is.
I have a horse in my care whose frog has been over thinned that resulted in an abscess. The abscess is now dry and trying to heal. Do you have a product I can apply to his sole to offer protection until his frog can heal?
Thanks for the question. In your case the best option would be the use of Sole-Guard, as long as the frog is not moist or bleeding. If it has healed and just not fully grown back you'll be fine. Please see our videos, online or in DVD, for full application directions.
This is a shot of a shoe glued on with Adhere 7 weeks after application. The horse was turned out 24/7, in extreme cold and snow which then turned into mud and back to snow. Notice the tight bond to the hoof wall after all of this time and weather. The key to successes here was extra drying time. The foot was dried for 1.5 minutes instead of the normal 30-60 seconds. This reduced the moisture level by 50% on the hoof, allowing for a much stronger bond.
My horse has gone barefoot for the last 5 month. I wonder if you have a solution of any kind for glue that can replace metal shoes for a period of two months. Mainly I would like the flexibility of the hoof during riding.
Thank you for your question. You have two options for your situation: