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Cold Weather and Equi-Pak

on Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:44

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.

Vettec Equi-Pak CS Helps Prevent Snowballing in Horse Hooves During Winter Season

on Wed, 12/09/2015 - 16:37
Pour-in pad provides durable support and protection against thrush in wet conditions

As temperatures in parts of the country dip below freezing and weather presents wet conditions, horses become susceptible to snowballing and thrush in their hooves. Tab Pigg, CJF, recommends that farriers and horse owners apply snowball pads or pour-in pad material to horse’s hooves during the cold season to prevent snow becoming impacted in the hoof cavity.Vettec Equi-Pak CS can serve as a snowball pad and its special formula can reduce the likelihood of thrush, which often surfaces during wet seasons.   

Vettec Equi-Pak CS is a fast-setting, soft, instant pad material.

Hoof Adhesives in Wet Conditions

on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 23:51

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

Essential Items in a Farrier’s Tool Kit

on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 23:52

Farriers rely on specialized tools and adhesives to keep horses’ hooves in healthy condition and treat them when there is an issue. With quality tools and pour-in pad materials on-hand, farriers can fit shoes and trim hooves at any time to keep horses sound and avoid injury.

Vettec’s Farrier-at-Large, Tab Pigg, leads hands-on clinics throughout the U.S. to teach shoeing and forging techniques to equine owners, farriers and veterinarians. Tab shares his expertise via a popular video and blog series “Two Minutes with Tab” on Vettec.com where he addresses questions and shoeing predicaments from

Can Vettec Products be Used With Boots?

on Thu, 10/15/2015 - 21:30

Several Vettec products can be used in conjunction with boots.  Vettec pad materials can be used to provide comfort and support along with boots which provide protection.  

When comfort and support are required with a boot, Equi-Pak or Equi-Pak Soft can be used to line or fill the boot. 

To apply this type of package, you would need to clean the foot of any dirt or debris and apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly over the sole and the frog.  You would then hold the foot level and fill it with the pad material of your choice.  The material should be filled to the edge of the white line.

Managing Acute and Chronic Lameness with Pour-in Pads

on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 21:04

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

Vettec's Super Fast Fixes Nylon Ankle Guard

on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 16:15
Applying Super Fast to a broken nylon ankle guard.
Drying the guard is important so the material will bond to it.
The customer is happy with her ankle guard repaired with Super Fast.

At the recent Tevis Cup Endurance ride, a rider had a broken nylon ankle strap.  She was no longer able to use it, until Vettec came to the rescue. Using a 50cc cartridge of Super Fast, Larkin Greene was able to repair the strap.  Because Super Fast is an adhesive, Larkin used it to "glue" the strap back together, and it worked beautifully for the rest of the ride. 

Using Solar Support and Boots for Endurance and Trail Riding Races

on Tue, 09/08/2015 - 23:04
This farrier is applying a pour-in pad material before a long endurance ride for comfort and support on the trail.

When gearing up for endurance and trail riding season, there is a lot of training and preparation that go into it for the rider and horse. Both have to be conditioned to face the 25, 50 or 100-mile race that lies ahead of them. Because a horse will be on their feet in rocky terrain for long periods of time, it’s important that hooves are properly protected, supported and prepared for any possibilities, such as uneven, loose footing, stepping on sharps, cuts and hoof impacts.

Endurance Racing Conditions

When racking up miles on difficult terrain, horses and riders endure challenging

Pour-in Pads: Maintaining Normal Function

on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 20:51
An alternative to traditional pads and silicone filling is a liquid pour-in-pad made of polyurethane.

(NAPSI)—Changing seasons, weather conditions, old age, injury, overfeeding and other conditions can all affect the way a horse moves and bears weight comfortably. Providing your horse a stable platform on which to carry itself is crucial to its long-term health. Certified Journeyman Farrier Tab Pigg recommends the use of pour-in pads to provide the extra support and/or comfort that horses require as they go through life’s stages.

The Old Way
Historically, it was thought that anything put under a plastic or leather pad would provide protection and support and cushion the sole.

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

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