This time of year people wonder about using Equi-Pak or other Vettec pour in pad materials on their horses. The answer is that you can absolutely use Equi-Pak or the other pad materials in the snow. These materials makes a great snow pad and won't allow snow and ice to build up in the sole. Keep in mind that if your horses stand in the paddock all day, they will most likely get some snow sticking to the pad materials, but once they start moving the snow just falls off.
This time of year we receive many questions about using Vettec products on the snow and the ice. People want to know if our products will work to prevent snowball build up, if the materials will protect their horses feet in winter and also what to do to prevent slips on icy ground. We thought we'd address these issues for anyone wondering.
When trying to protect the foot and prevent snowball buildup, you can use any of the Equi-Pak products; Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS or Equi-Pak Soft (under a pad for the Soft) as pour in pad materials.
Hi there Vettec. I had a case I thought I'd share with you from the other day. I had a Shetland pony who couldn't walk to the shoeing bay because they thought she had laminitis. When I inspected her feet I saw that her feet had been cut back too far and made her "sole bound". So with the use of Super Fast I created 2 front shoes for her. Even to my own amazement the mare left the shoeing bay and trotted back to her paddock. I saw her again in a week and the shoes were still holding strong. There was a very happy pony raising her young foal. Great result with a great product from Vettec.
Vettec rep, Kris Kibbey, recently ran the NYC Marathon. Here is what he had to say about the event:
On Sunday November 2 I ran the TCS NYC Marathon it was my 25th Marathon. It was 26.2 miles throughout the 5 Boroughs of New York City. The weather was very windy with gusts of 40+ MPH winds on the bridges and a high of around 45 degrees. It started in Staten Island and felt more like 20 degrees. I was in the 10:05 Wave start, The race has 3 start lines and 4 waves with dividers in each wave to start the 50,000+ people who ran the race.
To remove a shoe glued on with Adhere, you will first need to rasp away the material on the outside of the wall so that all the glue that is left is between the shoe and the sole. Then take a pair of pull offs and break the seal at each heel and work your way around like you would with a nailed on shoe.
After you remove the shoe, you can either grind the glue off under the shoe or scrape if off with a screwdriver.
Here is an interesting Q&A on glue-on shoes and barrel horses.
My barrel horse ripped a front shoe off recently and a lot of the medial and lateral hoof wall came off with the shoe, leaving very little hoof wall to nail to. Would you recommend using Adhere to glue the shoe back on until the next shoeing? Do you know how a glued on shoe would hold with a barrel horses level of activity?
Adhere is the ideal Vettec product for gluing shoes on. Depending on how much wall was lost, we would suggest that you first rebuild the hoof wall with Adhere. Please follow the
Below is a recent tech question and answer that we thought we'd share with you!
Can you use Sole-Guard on a foot that's healing from several abscesses? They have drained but are open into the hoof. My horse has foundered and now needs sole protection. I don't want to put shoes on him.
Great question! Normally we would caution against this type of application. If the abscesses are totally dried then you could give it a try.
This is a great story we received from the ASL Whipsnade Zoo.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has a 30 year old female Asian elephant that has a history of foot sole problem. These solar issues are secondary to an unusual gait caused by an abnormal conformation of the front legs, with the toes turning inwardly. Additionally, using radiography and pressure pad testing, it appeared that one leg was slightly shorter than the other, exacerbating the abnormal pressures on the soles.
An elephant from another collection with a similar problem has had significant improvement of conformation and gait after