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Vettec Introduces New Cartridge System for Equine Pour-in Pad Materials

on Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:18

Vettec Introduces New Cartridge System for Equine
Pour-in Pad Materials

160cc cartridge system features break-off cap, reinforced plungers and triple-seal piston

Orange, Calif. – Mar. 20, 2018 – Vettec, a leading manufacturer of hoof care products for more than 20 years, has launched a new cartridge system for its pour-in pad products. The new, 160cc cartridge system includes a break-open cap, reinforced plungers and a triple-seal piston.

Take Advantage of the Current Vettec™ Cartridge Promotion!

on Tue, 03/06/2018 - 00:03

Vettec has manufactured and distributed the highest level of equine hoof care products worldwide for more than 20 years. On our road to continuous improvement, we recently developed a new, 160ml cartridge system to ensure leak-free dispensing and help hoof care professionals increase efficiency by mitigating the need for nippers to open the cartridge.

The cartridge system includes a break-open cap, reinforced plungers and a triple-piston seal. Additionally, it works with any of the existing dispensing guns and mix tips.

Four Tips to Make a Vettec Pour-in Pad Last

on Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:31
 Use mesh over the hoof
Use a foam board on the hoof when applying pour-in pad materials

Vettec pour-in pad materials are designed to stay in for a traditional shoeing cycle, which is typically about four to six weeks. However, pads may fail or fall out earlier than intended if hooves are not properly prepared. The most important thing to remember when applying Vettec pour-in pad materials is that they bond best to a dry surface. In order to help the materials stay in as long as possible, consider these tips when applying pour-in pad materials:

Tip #1 – Put a horse up the night before pour-in pad application

Especially in a wet environment or during a wet time of year, horse

Learning the Cartridge Basics

on Wed, 01/17/2018 - 22:40

When hoof care professionals invest in Vettec products, it’s important to follow usage guidelines to ensure product is applied correctly, avoid costly errors and maintain the life of the product. To achieve optimal results when applying pour-in pad materials, it’s important to consider these tips when preparing your cartridges:

  • Remove the outer cap from the cartridge. Keep the cap to apply after application.
  • Open the cartridge by pushing the tip down on a firm surface. Pull up on the cartridge and then backwards to remove the tip.
  • Insert cartridge into the dispensing gun with label side up.

Putting Foot Back on a Horse

on Tue, 11/21/2017 - 23:31

There are two main potential causes of unhealthy hooves:

  • Lack of regular maintenance
  • Poor conformation

Signs that a horse hooves may need extra support:

  • Flaring: A horse may flare in its feet, either toe-in or toe-out, if its hooves are bothering them.
  • Lack of comfort: If a horse is visibly uncomfortable when walking or is noticeably less active, it may be a sign that the horse needs hoof maintenance.
  • Chipping or cracking: Without regular hoof maintenance, horses can develop obvious chipping or cracking in the hoof wall, and may need extra support in order to repair it.
  • Infection: Conditions

Vettec Hands-on Workshop at PCHS

on Tue, 09/26/2017 - 22:40
Vettec product workshop at PCHS

Larkin Greene recently held a hands-on workshop at the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in California with Bob Smith and his students.  Students enjoyed a presentation on hoof care adhesives in the morning and were able to practice applying the product in the afternoon. 

For the past couple of years, Vettec has been holding hands-on Workshops at various locations throughout the US and Europe.  These events are free for anyone who is interested.  Attendees will learn how to support and protect the sole, apply new applications, create extensions, glue on shoes, correct angles and more!

Super Fast and Adhere Help with Hoof Recovery

on Fri, 09/22/2017 - 19:21

"This is a horse (eventer) that came into one of my barns and had had glue on shoes for 2 years and was very uncomfortable on his feet and unable to show. I was immediately able to get steel shoes on with the help of Adhere and 4 nails progressing to steel shoes and nails only training and showing again. I knew it was a matter of time until the badly compromised hooves would require radical trimming of hoof wall as the integrity of the horn had been compromised by improper prep and application of the glue on shoes.

Optimal Storage Conditions for Vettec Products

on Wed, 07/12/2017 - 23:04

Vettec products work best when the temperature of the material is between 60-80° F. The outside ambient temperature is not as critical as the temperature of the material itself.

Vettec materials should be kept in a temperature consistent environment until ready to be used. Keeping them in a vehicle all day can cause the material to be either too hot or too cold when it’s time to use it. Long term storage in a vehicle where the material is repeatedly subjected to temperature changes will not only affect performance, it will also negatively affect the shelf life.

How to Manage Thin Soles with Pour-In Pad Materials

on Fri, 07/07/2017 - 22:33

How to identify if a horse has thin soles:

  • A horse is lame
  • A horse is uncomfortable walking around
  • Soles are soft and flexible when touched

Potential causes of thin soles:

  • Changing Environments: A wet environment weakens the sole, and abrasion from rough surfaces wears down the sole quickly.
  • Genetic Predisposition: Some horses, like thoroughbreds, have thin soles naturally, so it’s important that hoof care professionals are aware of it and avoid overtrimming during routine visits and shoeing.
  • Over Trimming: Hoof care professionals should be aware of whether a horse has thick or thin soles

Safety During Summer: How warming weather affects horses

on Tue, 05/02/2017 - 22:07
 Providing extra support inside the hoof cavity by using pour-in-pad materials, such as Equi-Pak can help provide extra protection and support throughout every season.

(Family Features) Increasing heat and drier conditions mean outdoor animals of all kinds are forced to adapt as the summer season marches on. The sweltering temperatures in many parts of the country can have a multitude of effects on these animals that are in the sun and heat throughout the day.

Horses are a primary example of outdoor animals that experience the effects of the temperatures and must adapt. However, there are ways that owners can help ease the strain of summer on their horses in a few different key areas.


Oftentimes, a horse’s diet will require adjustments during