American Farrier's Journal recently posted an article featuring Farrier Tips titled, "Thinking Outside the Box" by Jeremy McGovern. The article provides a great example of how the farriery industry is full of innovative thinkers. Vettec is pleased to note that the featured innovative thinker, Todd Allen, discusses a hoofcare solution he came up with using Super Fast. We thought we'd share the article with you all:
As an industry, farriery is populated with people who add unique ideas when addressing old footcare problems.
This is a great success story that Vettec Rep, Lynne Myers, sent in:
Timmy is a 20 something warmblood gelding. Around the first of May he was diagnosed with a mild case of laminitis. Farrier John Turner decided on a conservative shoeing protocol that included Vettec Equi-Pak CS pours in both front feet. Timmy did okay for about 4 weeks and had a relapse with x-rays showing founder in both front feet. John wanted to make Timmy more comfortable and contacted me about using Vettec SuperFast on the bottom of the hospital plate. It was a success.
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?
The following case involves a pony who grows foot at an accelerated rate and mechanically foundered due to infrequent trimming. He lives in soft, damp ground which didn't help the situation. After initial clean up, pressure rings on the hoof wall show significant growth patterns, and as the toe got longer, the white line became stretched, the sole flattened, and he developed sensitivity in both the frog and sole. Eventually P3 rotated resulting in vet/farrier intervention.
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Have you seen any hoofcare packages that involve more than one of Vettec's products? This is a great example of this kind of application.
This is a photo of a mare belonging to Frank Dugan, Vettec’s National Sales Manager. She foundered, is a chronic, and was thin in the sole at the toe. However, she needed support in the caudal region of the foot. So Frank and his farrier used Equi-PakICS in the heel region and filled the toe region with Equi-Pak|Soft.
The reason they applied Equi-Pak|Soft to the toe region was to prevent dirt, stones and debris from getting packed up underneath the