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
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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
Vettec materials are often involved when hooves become misshapen, whether by genetics, overwork, or age. Clubbed feet are particularly problematic because they generally grow heel dramatically, little to no toe, and are often flat footed with no working frog. The resulting upward stance defeats the design of the hoof almost entirely because a hoof is meant to be conical with concavity in the sole so it can do three things: collect ground under the footfall, flex to absorb load, and grab the ground for the next go phase.
The Syracuse Zoo recently contacted Kris Kibbey of Vettec to discuss options for their resident elephant, Siri. Siri was wearing very uneven and her foot was almost rubbed raw from the wear. Kris and the Syracuse Zoo staff decided to pour Sole-Guard onto the bottom of Siri's foot to provide protection and comfort to her worn foot. The pour-in pad seemed to help her out and she showed signs of immediate relief! Vettec products have the ability to help all types of animals.
The Hoof Jack is a durable, well made tool, but when a big horse decides to break something, it’s better to get out of the way and protect yourself from getting broken. Once again SuperFast proves its worth for fixing just about anything….we roughed up the surface, drilled a few holes, applied SuperFast to both sides, and left it ugly….the beauty is in the savings. If you have an unusual fix with SuperFast, track down a Vettec rep and provide pictures…you’ll likely get a free cartridge for your troubles.