Below is a recent tech question and answer that we thought we'd share with you!
Can you use Sole-Guard on a foot that's healing from several abscesses? They have drained but are open into the hoof. My horse has foundered and now needs sole protection. I don't want to put shoes on him.
Great question! Normally we would caution against this type of application. If the abscesses are totally dried then you could give it a try.
This is a great story we received from the ASL Whipsnade Zoo.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has a 30 year old female Asian elephant that has a history of foot sole problem. These solar issues are secondary to an unusual gait caused by an abnormal conformation of the front legs, with the toes turning inwardly. Additionally, using radiography and pressure pad testing, it appeared that one leg was slightly shorter than the other, exacerbating the abnormal pressures on the soles.
An elephant from another collection with a similar problem has had significant improvement of conformation and gait after
Leslie Baumgartner from Northern California realized a long time dream last week after entering and finishing her first Tevis Cup race. Though an experienced trail rider, Leslie had not done any endurance events prior to her 300 miles of qualifying rides earlier this year. Her 13 year old Quarter/Walker mare Grace showed she was fit enough and tough enough during those rides, though some would call her an unlikely candidate for endurance’s toughest event since most horses who compete at this level are Arabians or Arab crosses.
She contacted Vettec rep Larkin Greene after hearing about
"I bought Sole-Guard, after I read the instructions I am unsure if I can use it. My horse has thin soles and it said not to use it for thin soles. What can I use for thin soles and thin hoof walls? HELP"
The above was an email we received a few weeks ago. This is a good question, as Sole-Guard is a firmer pad material and isn't the right fit for all horse hooves. Here is our response to this issue:
A Sole-Guard application on thin soles will depend on what type of ground your horse is on and what it's activity level is.
American Farrier's Journal recently posted an article featuring Farrier Tips titled, "Thinking Outside the Box" by Jeremy McGovern. The article provides a great example of how the farriery industry is full of innovative thinkers. Vettec is pleased to note that the featured innovative thinker, Todd Allen, discusses a hoofcare solution he came up with using Super Fast. We thought we'd share the article with you all:
As an industry, farriery is populated with people who add unique ideas when addressing old footcare problems.