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What can I expect for traction with an Equi-Pak pad?

on Mon, 03/25/2013 - 17:37

Here is a great technical question and answer for you!

Q: My farrier filled our event horses' feet with Equi-Pak.  With this material in the sole, will my horse slip more?  Will I need to stud every time my daughter rides on grass?  And will this pad material be safe to use in an arena?  Thank you for your help!

A: A lot will depend on how full the Equi-Pak pad is in the foot.  If it is filled to ground level, then we would suggest that studs be used on wet grass, or other wet surfaces.  In the arena, traction normally is not an issue.

What Vettec Product Should I Use on an Endurance Ride?

on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 22:10

We recently received the following technical question:

What product do you recommend for barefoot racing.  Would it last for 100 miles on rocky mountainous terrain done in 24 hours?  I want barefoot but can't afford sore footed horse disqualification.   

Vettec rep, Larkin Greene responded: 

The short answer to your question is yes; in fact we have had endurance riders actually win 100 milers with Sole Guard on unshod horses.  Here's the longer answer:

Sole Guard is a liquid urethane used on unshod feet for around 2.5 to 3 weeks, is quite durable against any rock trail, and is a great way

Vettec products used to repair hoofwall after Keratoma removal

on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 17:02
After finding a Keratoma, a surgeon was called in to remove it, leaving a resected hoof wall and an equally large hole in the sole

This big 12 year old draft horse is used for farming and skidding logs, and he's happy when he's working.  He has good feet and has generally not needed to be shod.  So when the owner noticed a bump on the lateral hoof wall on the right hind, he called in the vet who discovered a golf ball sized keratoma between the hoof wall and the third phalanx.  Keratomas are fairly uncommon benign masses of keratinized tissue, and their cause is unknown, but they do cause lameness and are surgically removed when possible.

Vettec's Sole-Guard can repair your shoes!

on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 18:47
Working on minis, keeps you on your knees and can wear out your boot toe!

When trimming minis you spend a lot of time on your knees.  Pretty soon the toes of your boots look like the first picture in this blog.  Fortunately the steel toe keeps your big toe from basking in the outdoors, but it still looks like you're down to your last dollar.  Not to worry; Sole Guard is great for fixing all kinds of things like this.  With a little duct tape and careful dispensing, you can create a durable toe cap that will probably outlast the rest of the boots....wire brushed to remove the glossy finish.

Vettec's New Deluxe Dispensing Gun - Coming Soon!

on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 16:13

Vettec proudly introduces a new Deluxe dispensing gun.  This addition to the Vettec family of hoof care products will make using Vettec products even easier than it is now.

It is such an improvement that our testers didn't want to give it back, so we let them keep it.  What makes this new dispensing gun so good?  To start, it is even “beefier” than our Premium gun, smoother action and greater leverage for cold weather applications.  One very nice feature comes at the end.

Vettec sponsors the World Horseshoeing Classic in 2013

on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 22:15
Team Vettec hard at work at the 2013 World Horseshoeing Classic!

This year at the World Horseshoeing Classic, Vettec sponsored a team to compete.  Vettec's rep, Kris Kibbey, attended the competition at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School.  There were 15 teams competing for a $10,000 dollar prize!  Vettec's team consisted of four farriers; Mike Augenstein and Trey Green from OH, Bill Kiner from PA and Lloyd Clayton from AR.  The team held practices throughout the year to prepare for the event.  

The contest was three days of competition. The teams all made the same shoe each day and 3 different types of shoes, one different shoe each day.

Vettec Case Study - Super Fast helps Rotational/Angular Deviation (Part 1)

on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 17:50
X-Ray showing rotational deviation and remodeled coffin bone.

This cute little mutt horse was rescued in the Central Coast forest of California and has both an angular and rotational deviation in the right fore limb.  If you look at the X-rays you'll see that there are other significant issues, chief among them, a seriously remodeled coffin bone.  Because of this conformation, he bears weight on the medial side of his hoof capsule and it crushes the wall in the heel contributing to a deep crack in the medial toe quarter.  With the lateral wall bearing little weight, it grows long quickly, compounding the damage to the medial side.

SuperFast Repair on an Elephant! Vettec

on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 19:44
This Elephant has a crack in it's toe.

Recently Larkin Greene had the opportunity to visit an elephant at the zoo who had a crack in it's toe.  The care takers asked for his help to repair the crack.  Larkin used SuperFast on the toe crack.  First the crack was debrided, removing all of the loose or flaking tissue and then it was packed with yellow Play-doh.  Next the whole area was covered with SuperFast, leaving the top and bottom with an opening for irrigation.  Once the SuperFast was set, he removed the Play-doh in order to regularly treat and irrigate the affected area until it grew out.

The debrided toe was packed with Play

Vettec Technical Question - Will Super Fast work for me?

on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 22:34



I was wondering if and how Super Fast might be used and successfully applied to the sole and wall in the toe region? The case is one of a horse that has had slippered front toes with insufficient toe depth.


Hi there, without seeing pictures, we can only give you general recommendations regarding the parameters of our materials.   If you are talking about slippered front toes, then I'm assuming you are dealing with laminitis and/or founder.  The toe is long (or was) and the hoof wall has pressure ridges that are closer together at the toes and wider apart at the heels?

Vettec Technical Question: Is Sole-Guard right for my unshod horse?

on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 21:48

It may not be clear if Sole-Guard is the right choice for you and your barefoot horse.  We thought it may help to share a question from one of our customers as well as our response.  We hope this is helpful to you. 


I'm considering using Sole-Guard for my horse after many unsuccessful tries with other barefoot applications. However, I'm concerned about problems arising due to the lack of breathability. What about bacteria that might get sealed in with the Sole-Guard? Also, what about use in mud or wet conditions, including frequent stream crossing?