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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

 

Question:

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.

Answer: 

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. 

Question: 

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?

Using Vettec's Super Fast in Cold Weather

on Thu, 02/07/2013 - 23:06

Here is a conversation we had recently with a Vettec customer using Super Fast.  We hope you find it useful!

Question:

"The outside temperature where I live is 43 degrees today.  This is my first time using Super Fast and I am using a 50cc cartridge.  I kept the Super Fast warm until application and I warmed the hoof with a hair dryer.  I used nippers to cut along the notch in the tip.  I dispensed a small amount of product and attached the mixing tip.  As I dispensed the product it became harder and harder to push thru the tip.

Vettec Technical Question - What Size Product Should I Use?

on Thu, 02/07/2013 - 19:52

Vettec customers often wonder which product size will work best for them.  In the case of Adhere, there are a some things to keep in mind before you decide which size you should buy.  

For instance, if you need to glue on a shoe, pick the 180cc of Adhere!  The 50cc kit does not contain enough material to glue a shoe on.  The 50cc kit was primarily designed to be used for minor hoof wall repairs.  

The great thing about the 50cc kit is that it is all inclusive, including a plunger for dispensing and mixing tip.  There is no need to purchase additional equipment to use the 50cc kit.

Adhere cartridge cut improperly causes problems

on Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:48

Here are three shots of a cartridge of Adhere that was sent to Vettec rep, Larkin Greene, because the product was not mixing or setting properly.  The pictures show why.  The cartridge was cut with something not very sharp and instead of cutting, it broke off a piece making the black side a larger opening which changes the mix ratio.  These were not cut with nippers but with a knife of some kind, and not cut all the way around the scored line prior to cutting all the way through.

A proper cartridge cut is critical when using Vettec products! 

 

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