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Tech Question: Which Vettec product works best with Easy Boot Gloves?

on Fri, 10/04/2013 - 22:26

Question:

"I am looking for a material to provide cushion and shock absorption in my Easyboot gloves during riding only.  The Sil-Pak seems like it would work as I could create a pad and since it does not bond to the sole and maintains its shape indefinitely I could take it out when I take off the boots. But it is my understanding that Equi-Pak and Equi-Pak Soft are better at reducing concussion. Will the Equi-Pak / Equi-Pak Soft retain its shape forever, and is it possible to make it removable from the hoof (like putting Vaseline on the hoof before application?)"

Thank you 

- Leslie


Farrier success with Vettec Super Fast and Equi Pak

on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 21:15
This is a great case study submitted by farrier, Jack Brock:

"Chopper is a Jerusalem donkey that had White Line Diseases in his left hind and by the time I was called had infected 3/4 of his foot. I removed a 2" by 3" inch section of his 4" foot exposing the infected area. He was also treated with white lightning for a week until it was completely gone. Then I rebuilt his foot with Equi-Thane Super Fast laying two coffee stirring straws one on each side for drainage in case of infection. I then covered the area removed with Super Fast making a shoe, then packed his foot with Equi-Pak. We

Coronet Band Injury and Vettec

on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 17:49

Farrier Sydney Kotow provided these great before and after photos of a coronet band injury.  Here is what she said about them:

This colt had a coronet band injury a few months ago that was splitting open bigger with every step and making him ouchy.  This was nothing a little Vettec can't fix.

Sydney used Adhere hoof repair material to cover the injured portion of the hoof wall.  Adhere is a fast-setting urethane adhesive designed to bond steel, aluminum and urethane shoes to the hoof and to fabricate large and small hoof wall repairs. The material can be nailed, nipped and rasped.

Short Trimmed Draft Foot Rebuilt with Adhere

on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 16:59

This big guy was trimmed short to relieve the stress to the wall which had held a persistent toe crack.  Unfortunately the trimmer took all the hoof support and the horse ended up lame due to walking on his sole alone.  A farrier and vet teamed up with Vettec's Larkin Greene to rebuild the wall support with black Adhere and to stabilize the crack near the ground without covering up the deeper portion above.  The follow up may include total debridement and repair, but this time they just wanted to hold it together to allow some hoof wall to grow out.

Completed 55 miles on rocks with Superfast and Sole-Guard

on Tue, 09/17/2013 - 20:58
Vettec user, Cindy K., sent us a great set of pictures and a description of how Vettec products helped her win! 
 
Hi, I wanted to let you know that my horse and I completed 55 miles on rocks with a Superfast custom shoe and a Sole-Guard pad, in Ft. Stanton, NM.  We came in second place!
This event was an AERC Endurance Ride on extremely hilly, rocky trails in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico, a long way away and different from the terrain at our home on the Texas Gulf Coast.  Thank you Vettec for your products, which allowed me to ride these trails on my barefoot horse!
 
Here are a couple

Vettec Superfast lateral extension on a sheep!

on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 22:43

We always like to share the stories we hear from our end users.  This is a quick tale we recieved from Australian Farrier, Michael Fuin Dip with Horseshoe Express.  Enjoy!

I thought I would share with you this Vettec Superfast lateral extension that I did on lame male Barbary Sheep at one of our Australian Zoos . He is now sound, weight bearing level and balanced. I am told by his keepers that he is now eating well and chasing the girls around again. So thanks Vettec!  - Michael Fuin Dip WCF

Have you done any unusual repairs with Vettec products? If so, we'd love to hear your story. 

Even Horses that Go Barefoot Need some Protection Sometimes

on Tue, 08/27/2013 - 20:15

Meet Jeanette McGrath, a barefoot trimmer who works in Eastern Idaho and Western Wyoming.  Jeanette recently spent some time with Vettec's Larkin Greene to learn about making SuperFast shoes and pour-in pad materials.  Even horses that can go barefoot need some protection sometimes.  Jeanette has a unique story; she and her husband Richard spent almost two years riding 4,000 miles across the US with no support vehicles and everything they owned on 4 horses and a mule.

Vettec products used to repair hoofwall after Keratoma removal - Part 2

on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 18:42

Larkin Greene provided a follow up on a the case study involving a horse whose hoofwall was resected due to a keratoma.  Here is what he reported:

After 10 weeks, the foot was overgrowing the shoe and our adhesive handiwork was coming loose.  During that time the EquiPak CS and sterile gauze plug did it's job and the owner changed it out twice.  Since the foot had grown down nicely we were able to reset the shoe without the need for adhesive reinforcement.

Customize your hoof boot fit with Vettec's Adhere or Sole-Guard

on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 17:20
Custom fit your boot with Adhere or Sole-Guard

One of the limitations of hoof boots has always been fit, especially the short length in the heels.  Even a boot that fits snugly on the capsule is often too short to adequately support the heels, especially if the boot is worn for more than a week.  But just like any other hoof protection device, a boot is adjustable to a certain extent, and Easy Care's glue on boot even more so.

To compensate for the lack of heel support on this glue on boot, a window was cut in the toe area to allow the hoof to poke through, thus allowing the boot to be slid back between 1/8" and 1/4".  This can make a

A Great Testimonial About Vettec's Sole-Guard!

on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 17:09
At Vettec, we love to hear from our users!  Recently we received the following post on our Facebook page: 

Just a quick thanks for making wonderful products!

We live in No. California on a ranch. A lot of this area is laden with rock, mostly volcanic. Working a horse on this type of ground can make them very foot sore. Using traditional pads was ok, but the cavity tended to pack full of debris & cause problems. Using a silicone material to fill the cavity didn't work any better. We started searching for a solution.

I had used your products on a barefoot horse that had foundered & I was

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