This is an 8wk old quarter horse with a valgus angular deviation at the knee and a slightly varus fetlock. The medial plates are growing faster than the lateral which is pushing the leg toward the lateral side, causing abnormal weight bearing on the medial heel. We applied a medial Super Fast extension. Learned something important on this one.
I just wanted to share that I have used Super Fast to build a shoe on several horses that I have helped transition from shod to barefoot & it has helped them continue to be used and transition more comfortably as they grew out the weak / shelly wall from nail holes.
I have also used Equi-Pak CS with shod horses for trail rides in rocky terrain that they were not conditioned for & they handled it wonderfully.
Most recently I built front shoes & filled them with Equi-Build for a little pasofino mare recovering from founder who had long toes & miserably tender / thin soles.
When gearing up for endurance and trail riding season, there is a lot of training and preparation that go into it for the rider and horse. Both have to be conditioned to face the 25, 50 or 100-mile race that lies ahead of them. Because a horse will be on their feet in rocky terrain for long periods of time, it’s important that hooves are properly protected, supported and prepared for any possibilities, such as uneven, loose footing, stepping on sharps, cuts and hoof impacts.
Endurance Racing Conditions
When racking up miles on difficult terrain, horses and riders endure challenging
(NAPSI)—Changing seasons, weather conditions, old age, injury, overfeeding and other conditions can all affect the way a horse moves and bears weight comfortably. Providing your horse a stable platform on which to carry itself is crucial to its long-term health. Certified Journeyman Farrier Tab Pigg recommends the use of pour-in pads to provide the extra support and/or comfort that horses require as they go through life’s stages.
The Old Way Historically, it was thought that anything put under a plastic or leather pad would provide protection and support and cushion the sole.
Farrier Caleb Fisher of Gordonville, PA recently worked on a high-level jumping horse with a severe club foot.
He used a double layer of foam boards to add extra concavity in pad. The shoe applied was a Polyflex glue-on and he used Equi-Pak Soft in the commissures of the frog for comfort and support. Regular Equi-Pak was immediately applied over the Soft to form the rest of the pad. This photo was taken 25 days after the pad was applied.
One of the questions we get here at Vettec is: "What product should I use for my sore-footed horse who was trimmed too short?"
We would say that if you feel that too much of the sole was removed and you just need some cushion and protection then Equi-Pak would do the trick. We would recommend that you only fill up to where the Equi-Pak runs under the branch of the shoe and not to ground level. This is best applied when the shoe is being put on but if a shoe is already put on, then:
Take a wire brush and clean the sole and frog out thoroughly.
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:
Give your horse the gift of comfort and support this Holiday Season with Vettec. Equi-Pak is a soft, instant pad material that bonds to the foot for protection and support. To prevent or manage moderate cases of thrush try Equi-Pak CS instant pad material infused with copper sulfate.
My horse is a 11 year old Arab, used for endurance riding. He has just been put in a 1 degree wedge pad on the right front only. We plan on competing in some rocky rides, and using Equi-Build on the other 3 feet. Which product would you recommend under the pad? The Sil-pak or the Equi-Pak. Thank you, C. D.
Thank you for your email. We would suggest using Equi-Pak under the pad. Silicones do not bond to either the pad or sole so you risk getting rocks, sand and moisture trapped in there for the ride.
Below is a great question we recieved from a Vettec user, and our recommendations to her.
I would like to know which product you would recommend for the following:
I have 4 horses and I'm having major problems with their feet. We live in tropical Queensland, where in the summer we have massive rain fall and it's hot. The horses feet do not fare well. We have problems with seedy toe, white line fever, abscesses and thrush.
We need something that will help heal the problems now and something for prevention for our next wet season.