As horses enter breeding season this spring, pregnant mares become less active while bearing extra weight from pregnancy. Tab Pigg, Vettec’s Farrier-at-Large, recommends that farriers and horse owners remove horseshoes during pregnancy and use pour-in pad materials during the time period without shoes. Vettec’s Sole-Guard product helps serve as a transitional material when going from shod to unshod hooves by providing extra support as the hooves acclimate to barefoot.
Sole-Guard is a fast-setting, liquid urethane pour-in pad material providing durable support that retains its shape and
Nancy Stukenburg's farrier uses Vettec products and she recently shared this success story with us:
Pocahontas had clogs, then we switch to metal shoes using Equi-Pak. These photos show her on the second set. She was already on it during the winter for 7 weeks. She was still lame, I believe it might be due to the icy weather. She got her second set this past Monday the 16th. I guess this makes 8-9 weeks. She is doing better on this set. Her hoofs are almost full grown out. She not lame anymore. I love it.
Riders always ask us, "What does the foot look like after Sole-Guard is removed?" We say it looks good but a picture is worth a thousand words. Here's a before and after on an endurance horse that wears this same package of steel shoes and Sole-Guard from February through August...every 6 weeks.
We are always interested in scenarios where Vettec products are used for repairing something other than hooves. Recently we received the following interesting story from a turtle rehabilitation organization:
The turtle pictured was run over by a car. Her carapace (top shell) was fractured with soft tissue damage underneath. After administering pain medication I cleaned the carapace around the fracture and glued the post to it using your glue. The posts are used in the automotive industry, but work great for turtle repair.
After the glue set I ran zip ties through the posts (that is what