As the temperatures drop many wonder about using Equi-Pak in cold weather and if cooler weather affects the longevity of the product. Outside temperature typically are not an issue and do not affect the longevity of the product. However, there are a few tips you should follow to certify success.
First ensure that the product itself is in between 65-85 degrees (room temperature) when you use it. If you need to warm the product up, do so slowly, so that you do not overheat the material or the plastic cartridge.
As temperatures in parts of the country dip below freezing and weather presents wet conditions, horses become susceptible to snowballing and thrush in their hooves. Tab Pigg, CJF, recommends that farriers and horse owners apply snowball pads or pour-in pad material to horse’s hooves during the cold season to prevent snow becoming impacted in the hoof cavity.Vettec Equi-Pak CS can serve as a snowball pad and its special formula can reduce the likelihood of thrush, which often surfaces during wet seasons.
Vettec Equi-Pak CS is a fast-setting, soft, instant pad material.
Wet weather and muddy conditions are difficult situations for anything adhesive…temporary wetness like riding through creeks, passing through wet ground, and time at the wash rack don’t pose insurmountable problems for adhesive applications, but standing in water or mud is different.
Sole-Guard is a urethane pad material that can help in some situations, however it is limited to 2 to 3 weeks, and in a mud environment, that could be much shorter since feet swell and shrink with excess moisture then dry out, making it difficult to keep something bonded. Sole-Guard is also not recommended
Farriers rely on specialized tools and adhesives to keep horses’ hooves in healthy condition and treat them when there is an issue. With quality tools and pour-in pad materials on-hand, farriers can fit shoes and trim hooves at any time to keep horses sound and avoid injury.
Vettec’s Farrier-at-Large, Tab Pigg, leads hands-on clinics throughout the U.S. to teach shoeing and forging techniques to equine owners, farriers and veterinarians. Tab shares his expertise via a popular video and blog series “Two Minutes with Tab” on Vettec.com where he addresses questions and shoeing predicaments from
Several Vettec products can be used in conjunction with boots. Vettec pad materials can be used to provide comfort and support along with boots which provide protection.
When comfort and support are required with a boot, Equi-Pak or Equi-Pak Soft can be used to line or fill the boot.
To apply this type of package, you would need to clean the foot of any dirt or debris and apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly over the sole and the frog. You would then hold the foot level and fill it with the pad material of your choice. The material should be filled to the edge of the white line.