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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 to

Be Wise: Equalize

on Tue, 06/06/2017 - 20:53

Equalizing Vettec cartridges before use will ensure that the product is flowing properly for optimal performance.

Preparing the cartridge:

Begin: Place your nippers on the shoulders of the cartridge at the score line.

Score: Gently turn the nippers and score the cartridge tip.

Cut: Slice evenly through both sides of the cartridge.

Equalize: Squeeze a small amount to ensure both sides are equal.

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.

Nutrition

Oftentimes, a horse’s diet will require adjustments during

How Weather and Temperature Affect Hoof Health

on Wed, 04/05/2017 - 21:27

When it comes to weather and a horse’s environment, there are two main factors that impact hoof health:

• Temperature

• Moisture

How temperature and moisture can affect the sole:

• In cooler climates, foot growth slows down. Thus, trimming happens less often.

• Warmer weather causes the foot to grow normally, and therefore requires trimming and maintenance more regularly.

• Changes in the environment, such as wet-to dry, in a short amount of time can cause chipping and cracking, and the shoe size may change.

• A cold and wet environment can cause thrush, bacterial infection that lives in the

Sound or Lame: It’s Often Found in the Health of the Sole

on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 22:52
When it comes to keeping your horse healthy, hoof care is often the critical element that allows you to enjoy normal activities with your horse, such as riding.

When it comes to keeping your horse healthy, hoof care is often the critical element that allows you to enjoy normal activities with your horse, such as riding. Both shod and unshod, otherwise known as shoed or barefoot, philosophies offer benefits, but also come with limitations, which directly affect the health of the soles. While shoeing is necessary for many horses, a shod foot does not absorb shock as efficiently, mostly because shoeing raises the sole and frog off the ground, and constrains the normal flex of the foot.

Educational Partner of the 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit

on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 23:20
Vettec is proud to be an Educational Partner of the 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit

Vettec is proud to be an Educational Partner of the 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit coming up January 24-27 in Cincinnati. Featuring 76 hours of focused learning on hoof-care topics that matter most, these 4 knowledge-packed days that will forever improve your effectiveness, efficiency and profitability. Save $30.00 when you register today at the special $369 Early Bird Rate. 

Do Adhesives Used on the Equine Hoof Trap Moisture?

on Wed, 11/23/2016 - 20:01
Adhesives are not recommended if the area cannot be properly debrided and disinfected.

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.

How Bars Affect Feet

on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 00:21

A horse that is at risk of developing  unhealthy bars may have one of the following characteristics:

  • Stacked sole
  • Pinched heels

Signs that a horse may have unhealthy bars:

  • The horse appears lame
  • White lamina lines (bars) are not visible when looking at the sole
  • The sole appears stacked
  • The horse has a bruised sole or an abscess

Managing and maintaining healthy bars to recovery:

  • Limit activity level (riding and exercise)
  • Examine the hoof cavities to make sure that the bars (lamina) are visible
  • If bars are not visible, bars should be trimmed such that the lamina of the sole are visible
  • In

Sweet River Equine Clinic with Vettec

on Mon, 11/14/2016 - 20:42
Attendees at the Sweet River Equine Clinic were able to asses a hoof condition and decide on the best course of action.
Equi-Pak Soft is used with an aluminum shoe to provide protection and support.

Dr. Dan Sweet of Sweet River Equine Clinic in Modesto, California hosted his annual clinic to bring vets and farriers together to share knowledge and experience.  This year’s guest speaker/clinician was Dr. Raul Bras, an equine veterinarian and certified journeyman farrier from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky.  Dr. Bras is part of the Podiatry Group at the hospital and has successfully treated many high dollar horses, and chronic cases.  Topics included Hi-Lo Syndrome, Angular deformities, Low Heel Conformation, and Navicular Syndrome.

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