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Vettec, Help! My Sore Footed Horse Was Trimmed too Short

on Wed, 05/21/2014 - 17:34

One of the questions we get here at Vettec is: "What product should I use for my sore-footed horse who was trimmed too short?"

We would say that if you feel that too much of the sole was removed and you just need some cushion and protection then Equi-Pak would do the trick.  We would recommend that you only fill up to where the Equi-Pak runs under the branch of the shoe and not to ground level.  This is best applied when the shoe is being put on but if a shoe is already put on, then:

Take a wire brush and clean the sole and frog out thoroughly.

Tech Questions - What Vettec product to use on a barefoot?

on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 18:58

Question:

I  have a horse in my care whose frog has been over thinned that resulted in an abscess.  The abscess is now dry and trying to heal.  Do you have a  product I can apply to his sole to offer protection until his frog can heal?

Answer:

Thanks for the question.  In your case the best option would be the use of Sole-Guard, as long as the frog is not moist or bleeding.  If it has healed and just not fully grown back you'll be fine.  Please see our videos, online or in DVD, for full application directions.

Vettec Product Day at Hocking College

on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 20:54

In April Vettec Rep Kris Kibbey worked at Hocking College in Ohio with the farrier students at the school.

Kris reports:

"We spent the day going over the full range of Vettec products. We had a short power point presentation that went over all of the material uses and set time of the products. Then I showed the application procedure to the students and once that was finished they had the opportunity to use all the products on the schools horses. We talked about the importance of drying the foot before applying any materials to ensure a proper bond.  Several students practiced creating

Got a Plugged Vettec Cartridge?

on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 20:42

If you have ever had a plug in a Vettec cartridge you know how frustrating it can be to get the material flowing again. The key to not getting a plugged cartridge is not to hit the release button on the back of the dispensing gun until the mix tip has been removed. You have unmixed material sitting at the back of the tip, when you release pressure it sucks material back in the tube and BAM there's your plug. So don't hit the button!!!!

Vettec Cartridge Purging

on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 22:46

It is essential to dispense a small amount of material out of the cartridge before putting the mix tip on. Many users open the tube and do not level the material before they start dispensing it onto the foot. This can result in the materials being unable to mix properly and therefore, not performing properly.

How dry should the foot be for Vettec products?

on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 17:03

Because Vettec products will bond to anything, even moisture, it is critical that moisture levels in the hoof be regulated before application.  Since we first introduced our line of adhesive materials, we have instructed that before applying Vettec materials, you must dry the hoof thoroughly.  All hooves contain natural moisture and must be dried for the product to achieve the appropriate bond to the sole. Notice the moisture ring in the top picture to the right, this is the natural moisture that a hoof produces, even if it appears dry.

Repair your boots with SG-20 Adhesive!

on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 20:35

Do your boots have holes in them from working out in the field or the barn?  Don't toss them out and replace them, fix them!  Vettec's new SG-20 Adhesive is perfect for the job.  

SG-20 is made of a propriety blend of two-part poly-urethane adhesive material that adheres to dry neoprene, poly-urethane, and canvas making it ideal for repairing many different styles of Muck Boots™, frog toggs®, Xtra Tuff boots and foul weather gear.

Lookout Mountain Horseshoeing School and Vettec

on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:21

Last week was the first class of 2014 for Lookout Mountain School of Horsesheoing and their introduction to Vettec products. Lynne Myers created a SuperFast shoe and let one of the students finish it to get an idea of how easy it is to use.  Lane McNew and Lynne also went over the basics of gluing on shoe with Adhere.  Lynne will go back in a couple weeks for their hands on clinic day. This group is anxious to try everything!

Think a Vettec clinic would be helpful in your area?  Email us and let us know. 

 

Success Gluing on a Shoe With Adhere

on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 18:14

This is a shot of a shoe glued on with Adhere 7 weeks after application.  The horse was turned out 24/7, in extreme cold and snow which then turned into mud and back to snow. Notice the tight bond to the hoof wall after all of this time and weather.  The key to successes here was extra drying time.  The foot was dried for 1.5 minutes instead of the normal 30-60 seconds. This reduced the moisture level by 50% on the hoof, allowing for a much stronger bond. 

Farrier uses Vettec's Adhere to repair hoofwall

on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 21:49

Farrier Chance Overacker sent us these before and after pictures of a gelding that he worked on.  Here is what he had to say:

This is a 6 year old paint gelding who had extremely and weak brittle hoof walls.  I believe he might have had a nutritional problem that wasn't being addressed.  I applied Adhere to his hoofwall on two concurrent visits.  When I returned for the second application, the Adhere had prevented cracking and brittleness of the hoofwall.  The repair also prevented excess moisture build up in the cracks and prevented anaerobic bacteria from growing in the hoof crack.

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