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.
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 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.
After a highly successful hands on clinic in 2013, Vettec has decided to hold two more sessions at the 2014 International Hoof Care Summit. This will be a hands on clinic for farriers at no charge. We already have twice the amount of people signed up than we did at this time last year! If you have not registered, but would like to, please click here to be directed to the registration form.
The first session of our clinic will start at 9am on Tuesday the 28th and will end at 10:30. The second session will start at 10:45am and will go until noon.
This Kookaburra is a large bird native to Australia and New Guinea...you've probably heard their distinct "laughing" call on every jungle movie ever made. This one cracked his 4" bill by playing with it's food....Kooks are carnivorous, and often whack their live prey to kill it and shatter bones, making it easier to swallow whole and digest. Defects do grow out but can be susceptible to fungus, and infection from tissue remnants from their food. Once again, SuperFast proves its worth as a repair material.
My horse has gone barefoot for the last 5 month. I wonder if you have a solution of any kind for glue that can replace metal shoes for a period of two months. Mainly I would like the flexibility of the hoof during riding.
Thank you for your question. You have two options for your situation:
Give your horse the gift of comfort and support this Holiday Season with Vettec. Equi-Pak is a soft, instant pad material that bonds to the foot for protection and support. To prevent or manage moderate cases of thrush try Equi-Pak CS instant pad material infused with copper sulfate.
My horse is a 11 year old Arab, used for endurance riding. He has just been put in a 1 degree wedge pad on the right front only. We plan on competing in some rocky rides, and using Equi-Build on the other 3 feet. Which product would you recommend under the pad? The Sil-pak or the Equi-Pak. Thank you, C. D.
Thank you for your email. We would suggest using Equi-Pak under the pad. Silicones do not bond to either the pad or sole so you risk getting rocks, sand and moisture trapped in there for the ride.
Below is a great question we recieved from a Vettec user, and our recommendations to her.
I would like to know which product you would recommend for the following:
I have 4 horses and I'm having major problems with their feet. We live in tropical Queensland, where in the summer we have massive rain fall and it's hot. The horses feet do not fare well. We have problems with seedy toe, white line fever, abscesses and thrush.
We need something that will help heal the problems now and something for prevention for our next wet season.
If you have experienced a leaking cartridge, you know how frustrating it can be. We thought we would share some reasons that cartridges leak. There are three common causes of material leaking out the back of the cartridge and all are related to increased pressure.
1. Clogged openings. Sometimes when you clean out the openings with a nail or something, you end up pushing some of the clog back into the cartridge instead of digging it out. Then when you start to dispense, the clog flows back to the opening and blocks it partially or completely.