Sheared heels are often caused by an imbalance of the hoof capsule or uneven distribution. In extreme cases the entire heel area may contract. Due to incorrect weight bearing and distribution, heels are sheered, which results in one heel being pushed upwards making the frog narrower. Sheared heels cause stress on tendons and ligaments as well as the bony column. To correct or manage sheared heels the hoof needs to be balanced by trimming the heels (at times the side pushed upwards needs more trimming).
To facilitate proper growth of the hoof wall lamiae, a pour in pad may be applied for sole
Nancy Stukenburg's farrier uses Vettec products and she recently shared this success story with us:
Pocahontas had clogs, then we switch to metal shoes using Equi-Pak. These photos show her on the second set. She was already on it during the winter for 7 weeks. She was still lame, I believe it might be due to the icy weather. She got her second set this past Monday the 16th. I guess this makes 8-9 weeks. She is doing better on this set. Her hoofs are almost full grown out. She not lame anymore. I love it.
Hi there Vettec. I had a case I thought I'd share with you from the other day. I had a Shetland pony who couldn't walk to the shoeing bay because they thought she had laminitis. When I inspected her feet I saw that her feet had been cut back too far and made her "sole bound". So with the use of Super Fast I created 2 front shoes for her. Even to my own amazement the mare left the shoeing bay and trotted back to her paddock. I saw her again in a week and the shoes were still holding strong. There was a very happy pony raising her young foal. Great result with a great product from Vettec.
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.
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.
Recently farrier, Seth Parker, shared this case study with us. We thought we'd pass it along. Enjoy!
This is a Coffin Bone Fracture, P3 remodeling, & Chronic Laminitis case from December.
The plastic matrix pour-pad allows for a shallow pour of Vettec Equi-Pak CSonly to the level of the rim pad for support without sole pressure. . There is also a very thick leather pad under there for big time support because the sole is almost convex.
I just started on the case in April and got this guy comfortable literally overnight. I am thrilled with this one.
This 2 year Thoroughbred mare (shown here sedated with Dormosedan) had real promise on the track until she banged her hoof on a rail and fractured the lateral wing of P3 in the right fore. After the X-ray showed a hairline crack, the vet ordered stall rest and consulted farrier Joby Souza to discuss a support shoe. Joby determined that a glue on shoe with soft pad support was the best place to start. He called Vettec's Larkin Greene and the two have been applying this package every 4 weeks since April. The steel shoe is glued with Adhere but the lateral side is left "floated" so that it
"Howdy! Wanted to let you know how much I love your products and attribute it to my stallions successes in multi-day 50mile endurance rides. DB Air Alamahn finished 3rd in the AERC Jim Jones stallion award, 8th lightweight west region and reserve CSHA lightweight champion in 2012. He has over 1800 competition miles! DB Air Alamahn & DB BEY BARZ are both currently ranked 2nd this year in the Jim Jones award with 500 mile each and the season has just started! All these rides we completed with Equi-pak CS and I also use your other products in my everyday farrier work.
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?