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Hoof Repair

Detecting & Treating Caudal Heel Syndrome

on Wed, 07/27/2016 - 01:02

A horse that is at risk of developing Caudal Heel Syndrome may have one of the following characteristics:

  • Long heels
  • Pinched heels

Signs that a horse may have Caudal Heel Syndrome:

  • Landing on toes when walking or trotting
  • Short strides
  • Horse appears lame

Managing Caudal Heel Syndrome to recovery: 

  • Identify the cause of the lameness with a hoof care professional
  • Limit activity level (riding and exercise)
  • Measure and trim hooves so the feet are balanced and weight is distributed evenly
  • If appropriate, farriers or veterinarians can use modern day techniques such as nerve blocking, MRIs and

Identifying and Managing Quarter Cracks

on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 21:27

A horse that is at risk of developing a Quarter Crack may have one of the following characteristics:

  • Long toes
  • Heels that lack angles
  • Crooked coronary band or hairline
  • Strikes one part of the foot repeatedly
  • Feet are not flat on the ground
  • Predisposed to condition because of genetic features such as carpus valgus or varus

Signs that a horse may have a Quarter Crack:

  • Vertical crack from the ground-up at the widest part of the hoof wall
  • A crack is bleeding at the hairline
  • The horse appears lame
  • Crooked coronary band or hairline 

Managing Quarter Cracks to recovery:

  • Identify the cause of the

Heart Bar Pad with Equi-Pak CS

on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 18:56
This Paint horse had been suffering under run heels for a few months.
An easy way to get an even fill is to trace and cut blue foam board pieces to fit the open space around the frog plate.
A couple tablespoons of Equi-Pak CS is flowed into the area, then the foam board is placed over it and pressed gently to spread the material and push it into every gap, while leaving a thin protective pad to protect the sole while the horse is in his rock strewn paddock.

This Paint horse had been suffering under run heels for a few months; the heels had moved forward long enough to result in a negative palmar angle to the coffin bone (P3), and the horse was beginning to bear weight on the bulbs.  The farrier and vet team decided on a shoe package with a Myron McLane frog support pad to temporarily shift some of the load to the frog in order to provide some added support for the bone column, and relieve the stressed hoof wall.

To keep debris from making its way under the pad, especially around the frog, Equi-Pak CS was used to block any gaps, and provide

Will Glue on Shoes Work for Barrel Horses?

on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 17:18

Here is an interesting Q&A on glue-on shoes and barrel horses.  

Question:

My barrel horse ripped a front shoe off recently and a lot of the medial and lateral hoof wall came off with the shoe, leaving very little hoof wall to nail to.  Would you recommend using Adhere to glue the shoe back on until the next shoeing?  Do you know how a glued on shoe would hold with a barrel horses level of activity?  

Answer:

Adhere is the ideal Vettec product for gluing shoes on.  Depending on how much wall was lost, we would suggest that you first rebuild the hoof wall with Adhere.  Please follow the

What does Vettec recommend for Seedy Toe and Hoof Wall Cracks?

on Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:06

Serious cases of seedy toe can lead to compromised hoof wall integrity.  The seedy toe can allow dirt and debris to pack up between the wall and the lamina causing irritation and issues.  At Vettec, when we hear about cases like this, the first thing we recommend doing is having a qualified farrier and a vet out to give the horse a trim and to find out what all is going on with the foot.  

If seedy toe turns out to be the issue, resecting the hoof wall in the affected area will allow a farrier to remove any impacted debris and will expose the affected area to oxygen.

Farrier uses Vettec's Adhere to repair hoofwall

on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 21:49

Farrier Chance Overacker sent us these before and after pictures of a gelding that he worked on.  Here is what he had to say:

This is a 6 year old paint gelding who had extremely and weak brittle hoof walls.  I believe he might have had a nutritional problem that wasn't being addressed.  I applied Adhere to his hoofwall on two concurrent visits.  When I returned for the second application, the Adhere had prevented cracking and brittleness of the hoofwall.  The repair also prevented excess moisture build up in the cracks and prevented anaerobic bacteria from growing in the hoof crack.

Coronet Band Injury and Vettec

on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 17:49

Farrier Sydney Kotow provided these great before and after photos of a coronet band injury.  Here is what she said about them:

This colt had a coronet band injury a few months ago that was splitting open bigger with every step and making him ouchy.  This was nothing a little Vettec can't fix.

Sydney used Adhere hoof repair material to cover the injured portion of the hoof wall.  Adhere is a fast-setting urethane adhesive designed to bond steel, aluminum and urethane shoes to the hoof and to fabricate large and small hoof wall repairs. The material can be nailed, nipped and rasped.

Short Trimmed Draft Foot Rebuilt with Adhere

on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 16:59

This big guy was trimmed short to relieve the stress to the wall which had held a persistent toe crack.  Unfortunately the trimmer took all the hoof support and the horse ended up lame due to walking on his sole alone.  A farrier and vet teamed up with Vettec's Larkin Greene to rebuild the wall support with black Adhere and to stabilize the crack near the ground without covering up the deeper portion above.  The follow up may include total debridement and repair, but this time they just wanted to hold it together to allow some hoof wall to grow out.

Vettec Superfast lateral extension on a sheep!

on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 22:43

We always like to share the stories we hear from our end users.  This is a quick tale we recieved from Australian Farrier, Michael Fuin Dip with Horseshoe Express.  Enjoy!

I thought I would share with you this Vettec Superfast lateral extension that I did on lame male Barbary Sheep at one of our Australian Zoos . He is now sound, weight bearing level and balanced. I am told by his keepers that he is now eating well and chasing the girls around again. So thanks Vettec!  - Michael Fuin Dip WCF

Have you done any unusual repairs with Vettec products? If so, we'd love to hear your story. 

Vettec's Adhere helps with White Line Disease

on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 16:57

Japanese farrier Tomohiro Otani uses beige Adhere to glue a shoe on a foot compromised by White Line Disease.  He uses a peroxide type product in a syringe to kill bacteria and a home made tool for cleaning.  This simple tool is made from a rasp tang with a handle made from SuperFast.  To allow maximum hoof flex, adhesive is not applied to the entire circumference of the capsule.  Otani saves the white peel off backing from using our blue foam boards, and uses them to smooth the application to save both material and rasping time.

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