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Hoof Adhesives in Wet Conditions

on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 23:51

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

Essential Items in a Farrier’s Tool Kit

on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 23:52

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 where he addresses questions and shoeing predicaments from

Can Vettec Products be Used With Boots?

on Thu, 10/15/2015 - 21:30

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.

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.