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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Last Month Lynne Myers attended the USERL Ride in Vass, NC. The evening before the ride, farrier Megan Fullgraf poured the feet of her horse Tucker, with Equi-Pak. Five weeks later Tucker pulled the shoe but the Equi-Pak was still in place! Megan admitted she did not use a heat gun because she was in a hurry, which often times interferes with the bond to the sole and causes the material to fall out. However, this wasn’t the case with Tucker!
And they're OFF!
A picture of the shoe after Tucker pulled it.
Equi-Pak is still in the foot, even after the shoe is pulled.