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
Many people ask if the acrylic and urethane adhesives currently used on horse’s feet trap moisture resulting in adverse effects. The answer should be no, but it’s not always that simple.
Before we can answer the bigger question, we must first understand the importance of moisture. The equine foot naturally contains moisture generated internally from blood circulation; it keeps tissues pliable for shock absorption. Obviously the environment also plays a huge role in maintaining moisture balance.
We have recently had some questions on how Vettec products could help with sore feet due to low heels and how to promote heel growth.
We have had quite a bit of success with this situation but, of course, there are several ways to get a foot back. One way would be to trim off as much bent heel as possible, then add foot back with Adhere by applying a bead from the heel to the toe quarter and build heel height and correct angle. (See picture) Once this is done, you can simply apply a regular shoe. However, you must support the bottom of the foot as well. Equi-Pak pour-in pad material
As the temperatures drop many wonder about using Equi-Pak in cold weather and if cooler weather affects the longevity of the product. Outside temperature typically are not an issue and do not affect the longevity of the product. However, there are a few tips you should follow to certify success.
First ensure that the product itself is in between 65-85 degrees (room temperature) when you use it. If you need to warm the product up, do so slowly, so that you do not overheat the material or the plastic cartridge.
Wet weather and muddy conditions are difficult situations for anything adhesive…temporary wetness like riding through creeks, passing through wet ground, and time at the wash rack don’t pose insurmountable problems for adhesive applications, but standing in water or mud is different.
Sole-Guard is a urethane pad material that can help in some situations, however it is limited to 2 to 3 weeks, and in a mud environment, that could be much shorter since feet swell and shrink with excess moisture then dry out, making it difficult to keep something bonded. Sole-Guard is also not recommended
Vettec materials are often involved when hooves become misshapen, whether by genetics, overwork, or age. Clubbed feet are particularly problematic because they generally grow heel dramatically, little to no toe, and are often flat footed with no working frog. The resulting upward stance defeats the design of the hoof almost entirely because a hoof is meant to be conical with concavity in the sole so it can do three things: collect ground under the footfall, flex to absorb load, and grab the ground for the next go phase.
Riders always ask us, "What does the foot look like after Sole-Guard is removed?" We say it looks good but a picture is worth a thousand words. Here's a before and after on an endurance horse that wears this same package of steel shoes and Sole-Guard from February through August...every 6 weeks.
This time of year people wonder about using Equi-Pak or other Vettec pour in pad materials on their horses. The answer is that you can absolutely use Equi-Pak or the other pad materials in the snow. These materials makes a great snow pad and won't allow snow and ice to build up in the sole. Keep in mind that if your horses stand in the paddock all day, they will most likely get some snow sticking to the pad materials, but once they start moving the snow just falls off.
This time of year we receive many questions about using Vettec products on the snow and the ice. People want to know if our products will work to prevent snowball build up, if the materials will protect their horses feet in winter and also what to do to prevent slips on icy ground. We thought we'd address these issues for anyone wondering.
When trying to protect the foot and prevent snowball buildup, you can use any of the Equi-Pak products; Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS or Equi-Pak Soft (under a pad for the Soft) as pour in pad materials.
To remove a shoe glued on with Adhere, you will first need to rasp away the material on the outside of the wall so that all the glue that is left is between the shoe and the sole. Then take a pair of pull offs and break the seal at each heel and work your way around like you would with a nailed on shoe.
After you remove the shoe, you can either grind the glue off under the shoe or scrape if off with a screwdriver.