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
"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
"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?)"
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.
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
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.
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.
Vettec user, Cindy K., sent us a great set of pictures and a description of how Vettec products helped her win!
Hi, I wanted to let you know that my horse and I completed 55 miles on rocks with a Superfast custom shoe and a Sole-Guard pad, in Ft. Stanton, NM. We came in second place!
This event was an AERC Endurance Ride on extremely hilly, rocky trails in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico, a long way away and different from the terrain at our home on the Texas Gulf Coast. Thank you Vettec for your products, which allowed me to ride these trails on my barefoot horse!
This is a great success story that Vettec Rep, Lynne Myers, sent in:
Timmy is a 20 something warmblood gelding. Around the first of May he was diagnosed with a mild case of laminitis. Farrier John Turner decided on a conservative shoeing protocol that included Vettec Equi-Pak CS pours in both front feet. Timmy did okay for about 4 weeks and had a relapse with x-rays showing founder in both front feet. John wanted to make Timmy more comfortable and contacted me about using Vettec SuperFast on the bottom of the hospital plate. It was a success.
Recently, Kris Kibbey, of Vettec visited the Kentucky Horseshoeing School to work with the 36 week students. They went over all the Vettec products with a power point presentation and then worked on applications. They used Adhere to glue on a shoe and made a Superfast shoe. Each shoe was then filled with either Equi-Pak or Equi-Pak CS. It was a great chance for the students to practice using Vettec products before they found themselves in a stressful situation when they needed to use them and had no experience.
If you know of a group of farriers that would enjoy attending a similar