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Equi-Pak or Silicone for Endurance Riding?

on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 18:17

Here is a recent tech question we received: 

Question: 

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.

Answer:

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.

Technical Question - Which Vettec Product Should I Use?

on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 18:17

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.

Leaking Cartridges - What is the cause?

on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 00:13

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.

Tech Question - Which Vettec Pad Material is Best for My Endurance Horse?

on Fri, 10/04/2013 - 22:58

Question:

"Hi There

I have been looking at the different options to use for a shod and padded endurance horse for an upcoming ride that is rocky and has very hard footing. I am looking between the Equi-Pak and the Sil-Pak. Basically I just need to fill the gap between sole and pad and ensure that absolutely nothing can get in there-we do a few stream crossings and a few sandy patches so it is imperative that I don’t get water or sand between pad and sole which could cause discomfort-the ride is 3 days and vets are strict when it comes to the well being of our horses-I fully agree with them

Tech Question - Can I use Adhere to reinforce a nailed on shoe?

on Fri, 10/04/2013 - 22:47

Question:

"I have a horse that will constantly throw a show.  Bell boots on or not.  I have even tried putting boots on her and the bell boots.  Eventually the boots stretch so much that they just fall off of course.  My question, this last time all was going well until the 6th week.  I had noticed the nail clinches looked a bit loose, and sure enough the shoe was off within 24 hours.  I am wondering if I can use a bit of Adhere to reinforce the clinches to keep the shoe on long enough to reach the farrier date?  She is club footed on this particular foot.  As long as the shoe and pad are on

Tech Question: Which Vettec product works best with Easy Boot Gloves?

on Fri, 10/04/2013 - 22:26

Question:

"I am looking for a material to provide cushion and shock absorption in my Easyboot gloves during riding only.  The Sil-Pak seems like it would work as I could create a pad and since it does not bond to the sole and maintains its shape indefinitely I could take it out when I take off the boots. But it is my understanding that Equi-Pak and Equi-Pak Soft are better at reducing concussion. Will the Equi-Pak / Equi-Pak Soft retain its shape forever, and is it possible to make it removable from the hoof (like putting Vaseline on the hoof before application?)"

Thank you 

- Leslie


Vettec Clinic in Nova Scotia

on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:39

Here are some pictures from a Vettec clinic in Windsor, Novia Scotia. Vettec Rep, Kris Kibbey, drove up for the clinic on Wednesday Sept. 11th, 2013.  It was held at the Vet Clinic in Windsor, and there were roughly 30 people who attended.  For the most part, the attendees were farriers from the surrounding area. The group started out with a PowerPoint presentation by Kris and then he went over all Vettec products and how they are used. Kris demonstrated applying a Super Fast shoe, glued on a shoe with Adhere and demonstrated a Sole-Guard pour in pad.

Everyone who wanted to was able to use

Farrier success with Vettec Super Fast and Equi Pak

on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 21:15
This is a great case study submitted by farrier, Jack Brock:

"Chopper is a Jerusalem donkey that had White Line Diseases in his left hind and by the time I was called had infected 3/4 of his foot. I removed a 2" by 3" inch section of his 4" foot exposing the infected area. He was also treated with white lightning for a week until it was completely gone. Then I rebuilt his foot with Equi-Thane Super Fast laying two coffee stirring straws one on each side for drainage in case of infection. I then covered the area removed with Super Fast making a shoe, then packed his foot with Equi-Pak. We

Coronet Band Injury and Vettec

on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 17:49

Farrier Sydney Kotow provided these great before and after photos of a coronet band injury.  Here is what she said about them:

This colt had a coronet band injury a few months ago that was splitting open bigger with every step and making him ouchy.  This was nothing a little Vettec can't fix.

Sydney used Adhere hoof repair material to cover the injured portion of the hoof wall.  Adhere is a fast-setting urethane adhesive designed to bond steel, aluminum and urethane shoes to the hoof and to fabricate large and small hoof wall repairs. The material can be nailed, nipped and rasped.

Short Trimmed Draft Foot Rebuilt with Adhere

on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 16:59

This big guy was trimmed short to relieve the stress to the wall which had held a persistent toe crack.  Unfortunately the trimmer took all the hoof support and the horse ended up lame due to walking on his sole alone.  A farrier and vet teamed up with Vettec's Larkin Greene to rebuild the wall support with black Adhere and to stabilize the crack near the ground without covering up the deeper portion above.  The follow up may include total debridement and repair, but this time they just wanted to hold it together to allow some hoof wall to grow out.

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