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Basic Hoof Care

2MT - Two Minutes With Tab - Basic Hoof Care

on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 20:11

Hi Y'all,

I've just posted the latest 2MT educational Video, this one focuses on Basic Hoof Care.  Basic hoof care starts with the proper trim to level/balance the foot.  This new video goes over the rest of the steps and shows simple ways to properly care for the equine hoof. 

I hope you enjoy watching it! 



Thank Y'all for your time!

- Tab Pigg

How to Help a Horse with Abscesses

on Sat, 12/01/2012 - 00:18
This is a picture of a horse with a hoof abscess

Hi Y'all,

Recently I heard from a Vettec user who had some technical questions about which product was right for her situation.  The problems she was dealing with are not uncommon, so I thought I'd share our conversation with Y'all.  Here's how it went: 


I am working on a horse with bad abscesses which are leaving holes the size of a pinky finger from the sole all the way out around the coronet band on both the fronts hooves. After safely draining the abscess and treating them, I would like to formulate a plan for the  next 12 months or until the holes have grown out.  I was thinking of using Equi-Pak Soft in the holes, then applying Sole-Guard over that to support the sole and

Putting Foot Back on a Horse

on Tue, 11/21/2017 - 23:31

There are two main potential causes of unhealthy hooves:

  • Lack of regular maintenance
  • Poor conformation

Signs that a horse hooves may need extra support:

  • Flaring: A horse may flare in its feet, either toe-in or toe-out, if its hooves are bothering them.
  • Lack of comfort: If a horse is visibly uncomfortable when walking or is noticeably less active, it may be a sign that the horse needs hoof maintenance.
  • Chipping or cracking: Without regular hoof maintenance, horses can develop obvious chipping or cracking in the hoof wall, and may need extra support in order to repair it.
  • Infection: Conditions

Safety During Summer: How warming weather affects horses

on Tue, 05/02/2017 - 22:07
 Providing extra support inside the hoof cavity by using pour-in-pad materials, such as Equi-Pak can help provide extra protection and support throughout every season.

(Family Features) Increasing heat and drier conditions mean outdoor animals of all kinds are forced to adapt as the summer season marches on. The sweltering temperatures in many parts of the country can have a multitude of effects on these animals that are in the sun and heat throughout the day.

Horses are a primary example of outdoor animals that experience the effects of the temperatures and must adapt. However, there are ways that owners can help ease the strain of summer on their horses in a few different key areas.


Oftentimes, a horse’s diet will require adjustments during

Vettec Hands on Clinic at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School

on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 23:18

Recently, Kris Kibbey, of Vettec visited the Kentucky Horseshoeing School to work with the 36 week students. They went over all the Vettec products with a power point presentation and then worked on applications.  They used Adhere to glue on a shoe and made a Superfast shoe.  Each shoe was then  filled with either Equi-Pak or Equi-Pak CS.  It was a great chance for the students to practice using Vettec products before they found themselves in a stressful situation when they needed to use them and had no experience.

If you know of a group of farriers that would enjoy attending a similar

Tips for Horse Care - Summer Survival

on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:58

As summer approaches, we must think about how the hot weather can affect horses as they stand in the sun.  Horses need extra attention during the summer months to keep them healthy and happy.  We put together a list of reminders that will help you keep your horses comfortable this month. 

  • Avoid sunburns by applying sunscreen to your horse, especially around the nose and muzzle. (Horses with white markings burn easier than others, so pay careful attention to these areas).  You can use your own sunscreen, just make sure it has a high UV protection rating. 
  • Make sure there is shady areas that

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.

Endurance riding and EquiPak

on Thu, 05/09/2013 - 16:34

Meet endurance rider and EquiPak devotee Carey Brock from Delhi, California.  Carey and her 7 year old Arab mare Khandy Kiss have made quite an impact in the sport of Multi-Day Endurance, trail rides that can span up to five days and beyond.  In a sport where few riders log one thousand miles in one year on the same horse, Carey and Khandy have ridden 2,160 miles together in the last two years and are on track to earn the AERC 3K Award by the end of this year.  If she makes it, Khandy will be one of the youngest horses to achieve that distinction. 


Carey has been endurance riding for only

Werkman Games 2013

on Tue, 05/07/2013 - 21:14

Frank Dugan, Vettec's National Sales Manager, recently attended the 2013 Werkmen Games in Europe.  Enjoy the great photos he took!

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!