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Managing Acute and Chronic Lameness with Pour-in Pads

on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 21:04

Sheared heels are often caused by an imbalance of the hoof capsule or uneven distribution. In extreme cases the entire heel area may contract. Due to incorrect weight bearing and distribution, heels are sheered, which results in one heel being pushed upwards making the frog narrower. Sheared heels cause stress on tendons and ligaments as well as the bony column. To correct or manage sheared heels the hoof needs to be balanced by trimming the heels (at times the side pushed upwards needs more trimming).

To facilitate proper growth of the hoof wall lamiae, a pour in pad may be applied for sole

Vettec's Super Fast Fixes Nylon Ankle Guard

on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 16:15
Applying Super Fast to a broken nylon ankle guard.
Drying the guard is important so the material will bond to it.
The customer is happy with her ankle guard repaired with Super Fast.

At the recent Tevis Cup Endurance ride, a rider had a broken nylon ankle strap.  She was no longer able to use it, until Vettec came to the rescue. Using a 50cc cartridge of Super Fast, Larkin Greene was able to repair the strap.  Because Super Fast is an adhesive, Larkin used it to "glue" the strap back together, and it worked beautifully for the rest of the ride. 

Using Solar Support and Boots for Endurance and Trail Riding Races

on Tue, 09/08/2015 - 23:04
This farrier is applying a pour-in pad material before a long endurance ride for comfort and support on the trail.

When gearing up for endurance and trail riding season, there is a lot of training and preparation that go into it for the rider and horse. Both have to be conditioned to face the 25, 50 or 100-mile race that lies ahead of them. Because a horse will be on their feet in rocky terrain for long periods of time, it’s important that hooves are properly protected, supported and prepared for any possibilities, such as uneven, loose footing, stepping on sharps, cuts and hoof impacts.

Endurance Racing Conditions

When racking up miles on difficult terrain, horses and riders endure challenging

Pour-in Pads: Maintaining Normal Function

on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 20:51
An alternative to traditional pads and silicone filling is a liquid pour-in-pad made of polyurethane.

(NAPSI)—Changing seasons, weather conditions, old age, injury, overfeeding and other conditions can all affect the way a horse moves and bears weight comfortably. Providing your horse a stable platform on which to carry itself is crucial to its long-term health. Certified Journeyman Farrier Tab Pigg recommends the use of pour-in pads to provide the extra support and/or comfort that horses require as they go through life’s stages.

The Old Way
Historically, it was thought that anything put under a plastic or leather pad would provide protection and support and cushion the sole.

Heart Bar Pad with Equi-Pak CS

on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 18:56
This Paint horse had been suffering under run heels for a few months.
An easy way to get an even fill is to trace and cut blue foam board pieces to fit the open space around the frog plate.
A couple tablespoons of Equi-Pak CS is flowed into the area, then the foam board is placed over it and pressed gently to spread the material and push it into every gap, while leaving a thin protective pad to protect the sole while the horse is in his rock strewn paddock.

This Paint horse had been suffering under run heels for a few months; the heels had moved forward long enough to result in a negative palmar angle to the coffin bone (P3), and the horse was beginning to bear weight on the bulbs.  The farrier and vet team decided on a shoe package with a Myron McLane frog support pad to temporarily shift some of the load to the frog in order to provide some added support for the bone column, and relieve the stressed hoof wall.

To keep debris from making its way under the pad, especially around the frog, Equi-Pak CS was used to block any gaps, and provide