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Super Fast and White Line Disease

on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 22:32

A Huge thank you for Super Fast.  It allowed me to fix a mare with ¼ inch to ½ inch deep White Line Disease all around both front feet plus crushed, under run heels.  I was able to remove all the WLD plus correct the heels and angles in one session without even making her uncomfortable.  Your product helped make her more comfortable that she’s been in a long while!  - Jonathan Sills-Martel

Promote Heel Growth & Help Sore Feet with Vettec

on Fri, 04/22/2016 - 22:10

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

SuperFast Shoes Help Transition From Shot to Unshod

on Mon, 04/18/2016 - 21:49
SuperFast custom shoes can be used to transition horses from shod to unshod.

I just wanted to share that I have used Super Fast to build a shoe on several horses that I have helped transition from shod to barefoot & it has helped them continue to be used and transition more comfortably as they grew out the weak / shelly wall from nail holes.

I have also used Equi-Pak CS with shod horses for trail rides in rocky terrain that they were not conditioned for & they handled it wonderfully.

Most recently I built front shoes & filled them with Equi-Build  for a little pasofino mare recovering from founder  who had long toes & miserably tender / thin soles.

Three Tips To Keep Horse Hooves Infection Free

on Fri, 04/01/2016 - 17:52
You can give your horse a leg up when it comes to fighting infection with the help of a liquid adhesive that also supports the hoof.

When it comes to keeping your horse healthy, hoof care is often a critical element so you can enjoy normal activities together, such as riding or competing.  Properly maintained hooves are much less likely to develop bacterial and fungal infections; thus, horses can maintain normal hoof function. 

The Problem

Thrush, a bacterial infection, can be a common problem that resides in the “frog” of a horse’s hoof. The frog refers to the dark colored soft tissue on the bottom side of the foot that is triangular in shape, and stretches from a horse’s heel to midway toward the toe.

The Last Thing Thrush Bacteria See

on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 22:32

The last thing thrush bacteria see should be Equi-Pak CS! Equi-Pak CS is a pour-in pad material, infused with copper sulfate, to manage mild to moderate cases of thrush.  The pad bonds to the foot, eliminating the need to pick out the feet daily and apply medication. 

Equi-Pak CS:

  • For use as pad/packing material for Thrush
  • Can be used as a preventative measure during wet seasons 
  • Bonds to the sole eliminating the need to pick out the feet and apply daily medication
  • Uniform support allows for faster, thicker hoof wall and sole growth
  • Provides same protection and support as original Equi-Pak

 

Identifying and Managing Quarter Cracks

on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 21:27

A horse that is at risk of developing a Quarter Crack may have one of the following characteristics:

  • Long toes
  • Heels that lack angles
  • Crooked coronary band or hairline
  • Strikes one part of the foot repeatedly
  • Feet are not flat on the ground
  • Predisposed to condition because of genetic features such as carpus valgus or varus

Signs that a horse may have a Quarter Crack:

  • Vertical crack from the ground-up at the widest part of the hoof wall
  • A crack is bleeding at the hairline
  • The horse appears lame
  • Crooked coronary band or hairline 

Managing Quarter Cracks to recovery:

  • Identify the cause of the

Vettec's Ultra Dispensing Gun

on Mon, 02/22/2016 - 21:55

Vettec is proud to introduce the Ultra Dispensing Gun! The first of it's kind in the industry, the Ultra is an automated gun designed for the application of Vettec products. With its variable speed settings, applying Vettec materials has never been more efficient or effortless. The ULTRA comes with two long lasting, fast recharging Lithium ion batteries ensuring you won’t be left needing power.  Order yours today to start enjoying the benefits this gun has to offer, such as:

• Variable speed

• Automatic operation

• Rapid battery charge

• 2 Long lasting Lithium-ion battery

• Built in

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

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