The Syracuse Zoo recently contacted Kris Kibbey of Vettec to discuss options for their resident elephant, Siri. Siri was wearing very uneven and her foot was almost rubbed raw from the wear. Kris and the Syracuse Zoo staff decided to pour Sole-Guard onto the bottom of Siri's foot to provide protection and comfort to her worn foot. The pour-in pad seemed to help her out and she showed signs of immediate relief! Vettec products have the ability to help all types of animals.
Vettec rep, Kris Kibbey, recently ran the NYC Marathon. Here is what he had to say about the event:
On Sunday November 2 I ran the TCS NYC Marathon it was my 25th Marathon. It was 26.2 miles throughout the 5 Boroughs of New York City. The weather was very windy with gusts of 40+ MPH winds on the bridges and a high of around 45 degrees. It started in Staten Island and felt more like 20 degrees. I was in the 10:05 Wave start, The race has 3 start lines and 4 waves with dividers in each wave to start the 50,000+ people who ran the race.
This Kookaburra is a large bird native to Australia and New Guinea...you've probably heard their distinct "laughing" call on every jungle movie ever made. This one cracked his 4" bill by playing with it's food....Kooks are carnivorous, and often whack their live prey to kill it and shatter bones, making it easier to swallow whole and digest. Defects do grow out but can be susceptible to fungus, and infection from tissue remnants from their food. Once again, SuperFast proves its worth as a repair material.
I have been looking at the different options to use for a shod and padded endurance horse for an upcoming ride that is rocky and has very hard footing. I am looking between the Equi-Pak and the Sil-Pak. Basically I just need to fill the gap between sole and pad and ensure that absolutely nothing can get in there-we do a few stream crossings and a few sandy patches so it is imperative that I don’t get water or sand between pad and sole which could cause discomfort-the ride is 3 days and vets are strict when it comes to the well being of our horses-I fully agree with them
"I have a horse that will constantly throw a show. Bell boots on or not. I have even tried putting boots on her and the bell boots. Eventually the boots stretch so much that they just fall off of course. My question, this last time all was going well until the 6th week. I had noticed the nail clinches looked a bit loose, and sure enough the shoe was off within 24 hours. I am wondering if I can use a bit of Adhere to reinforce the clinches to keep the shoe on long enough to reach the farrier date? She is club footed on this particular foot. As long as the shoe and pad are on
"I am looking for a material to provide cushion and shock absorption in my Easyboot gloves during riding only. The Sil-Pak seems like it would work as I could create a pad and since it does not bond to the sole and maintains its shape indefinitely I could take it out when I take off the boots. But it is my understanding that Equi-Pak and Equi-Pak Soft are better at reducing concussion. Will the Equi-Pak / Equi-Pak Soft retain its shape forever, and is it possible to make it removable from the hoof (like putting Vaseline on the hoof before application?)"
Here are some pictures from a Vettec clinic in Windsor, Novia Scotia. Vettec Rep, Kris Kibbey, drove up for the clinic on Wednesday Sept. 11th, 2013. It was held at the Vet Clinic in Windsor, and there were roughly 30 people who attended. For the most part, the attendees were farriers from the surrounding area. The group started out with a PowerPoint presentation by Kris and then he went over all Vettec products and how they are used. Kris demonstrated applying a Super Fast shoe, glued on a shoe with Adhere and demonstrated a Sole-Guard pour in pad.
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.
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, Kris Kibbey, of Vettec visited the Kentucky Horseshoeing School to work with the 36 week students. They went over all the Vettec products with a power point presentation and then worked on applications. They used Adhere to glue on a shoe and made a Superfast shoe. Each shoe was then filled with either Equi-Pak or Equi-Pak CS. It was a great chance for the students to practice using Vettec products before they found themselves in a stressful situation when they needed to use them and had no experience.
If you know of a group of farriers that would enjoy attending a similar