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Vettec Adhesives Day at Bob Smith's PCHS

on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 20:57

Students at Bob Smith's Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School take part in an Adhesives Day led by Vettec's Larkin Greene.  Bob recently invested in the Blacksmith Buddy, a working artificial equine leg with replaceable hoof capsules, developed by Southern California farrier Wes Champagne.  The device is an anatomically correct and articulating horse leg for training farriers, veterinarians, and blacksmiths.  Replaceable hoof capsules are attached to the leg via a quick connect/release device and can be nipped, nailed, rasped, and glued several times.

Vettec Case Study - Super Fast helps Rotational/Angular Deviation (Part 2)

on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 22:32

The second and third visits to the Central California coast revealed some progress in hoof shape and wall growth, and some limitations to the Super Fast application.  After two Super Fast applications 4 weeks apart, much of it broke off due to the stresses involved with uneven weight bearing and the wet environment.  Thrush also developed in the contracted heel bulbs and central sulcus.  So a change in tactics was in order.  Farrier Mike Hayward built a bar shoe that was to be glued on to give more support than the Super Fast could provide alone.  Normally Adhere is used for glueing on shoes,

Christoph Schork uses Vettec's Superfast for a heel extension

on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 21:14

Vettec Super Fast works great for heel extension. Recently we received a case study from Christoph Schork who worked on a horse with under run heels and a negative palmar angle. The horse's deep flexor tendon had a stress tear because of it.  Christoph used Super Fast  and noted that the material adheres seamlessly with the hoof wall while supporting the horse structurally. Before using Super Fast, Christoph filled the frog area with Equi-Pak CS to support and comfort the sole. 

With this package, the horse was able to stay barefoot, Christoph did not shoe in this case.

What Vettec Product Should I Use on an Endurance Ride?

on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 22:10

We recently received the following technical question:

What product do you recommend for barefoot racing.  Would it last for 100 miles on rocky mountainous terrain done in 24 hours?  I want barefoot but can't afford sore footed horse disqualification.   

Vettec rep, Larkin Greene responded: 

The short answer to your question is yes; in fact we have had endurance riders actually win 100 milers with Sole Guard on unshod horses.  Here's the longer answer:

Sole Guard is a liquid urethane used on unshod feet for around 2.5 to 3 weeks, is quite durable against any rock trail, and is a great way

Vettec products used to repair hoofwall after Keratoma removal

on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 17:02
After finding a Keratoma, a surgeon was called in to remove it, leaving a resected hoof wall and an equally large hole in the sole

This big 12 year old draft horse is used for farming and skidding logs, and he's happy when he's working.  He has good feet and has generally not needed to be shod.  So when the owner noticed a bump on the lateral hoof wall on the right hind, he called in the vet who discovered a golf ball sized keratoma between the hoof wall and the third phalanx.  Keratomas are fairly uncommon benign masses of keratinized tissue, and their cause is unknown, but they do cause lameness and are surgically removed when possible.

Vettec Case Study - Super Fast helps Rotational/Angular Deviation (Part 1)

on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 17:50
X-Ray showing rotational deviation and remodeled coffin bone.

This cute little mutt horse was rescued in the Central Coast forest of California and has both an angular and rotational deviation in the right fore limb.  If you look at the X-rays you'll see that there are other significant issues, chief among them, a seriously remodeled coffin bone.  Because of this conformation, he bears weight on the medial side of his hoof capsule and it crushes the wall in the heel contributing to a deep crack in the medial toe quarter.  With the lateral wall bearing little weight, it grows long quickly, compounding the damage to the medial side.

SuperFast Repair on an Elephant! Vettec

on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 19:44
This Elephant has a crack in it's toe.

Recently Larkin Greene had the opportunity to visit an elephant at the zoo who had a crack in it's toe.  The care takers asked for his help to repair the crack.  Larkin used SuperFast on the toe crack.  First the crack was debrided, removing all of the loose or flaking tissue and then it was packed with yellow Play-doh.  Next the whole area was covered with SuperFast, leaving the top and bottom with an opening for irrigation.  Once the SuperFast was set, he removed the Play-doh in order to regularly treat and irrigate the affected area until it grew out.

The debrided toe was packed with Play

Vettec Technical Question - Will Super Fast work for me?

on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 22:34



I was wondering if and how Super Fast might be used and successfully applied to the sole and wall in the toe region? The case is one of a horse that has had slippered front toes with insufficient toe depth.


Hi there, without seeing pictures, we can only give you general recommendations regarding the parameters of our materials.   If you are talking about slippered front toes, then I'm assuming you are dealing with laminitis and/or founder.  The toe is long (or was) and the hoof wall has pressure ridges that are closer together at the toes and wider apart at the heels?

Vettec Technical Question: Is Sole-Guard right for my unshod horse?

on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 21:48

It may not be clear if Sole-Guard is the right choice for you and your barefoot horse.  We thought it may help to share a question from one of our customers as well as our response.  We hope this is helpful to you. 


I'm considering using Sole-Guard for my horse after many unsuccessful tries with other barefoot applications. However, I'm concerned about problems arising due to the lack of breathability. What about bacteria that might get sealed in with the Sole-Guard? Also, what about use in mud or wet conditions, including frequent stream crossing?

2MT - Two Minutes With Tab - Under Run Heels

on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 00:25

In this episode of 2MT, Tab Pigg explains how you can spot under run heels on your horses, and what you can do to correct the situation.  Enjoy!