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Vettec Hands-on Workshop at PCHS

on Tue, 09/26/2017 - 22:40
Vettec product workshop at PCHS

Larkin Greene recently held a hands-on workshop at the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in California with Bob Smith and his students.  Students enjoyed a presentation on hoof care adhesives in the morning and were able to practice applying the product in the afternoon. 

For the past couple of years, Vettec has been holding hands-on Workshops at various locations throughout the US and Europe.  These events are free for anyone who is interested.  Attendees will learn how to support and protect the sole, apply new applications, create extensions, glue on shoes, correct angles and more!

Super Fast and Adhere Help with Hoof Recovery

on Fri, 09/22/2017 - 19:21

"This is a horse (eventer) that came into one of my barns and had had glue on shoes for 2 years and was very uncomfortable on his feet and unable to show. I was immediately able to get steel shoes on with the help of Adhere and 4 nails progressing to steel shoes and nails only training and showing again. I knew it was a matter of time until the badly compromised hooves would require radical trimming of hoof wall as the integrity of the horn had been compromised by improper prep and application of the glue on shoes.

Optimal Storage Conditions for Vettec Products

on Wed, 07/12/2017 - 23:04

Vettec products work best when the temperature of the material is between 60-80° F. The outside ambient temperature is not as critical as the temperature of the material itself.

Vettec materials should be kept in a temperature consistent environment until ready to be used. Keeping them in a vehicle all day can cause the material to be either too hot or too cold when it’s time to use it. Long term storage in a vehicle where the material is repeatedly subjected to temperature changes will not only affect performance, it will also negatively affect the shelf life.

How to Manage Thin Soles with Pour-In Pad Materials

on Fri, 07/07/2017 - 22:33

How to identify if a horse has thin soles:

  • A horse is lame
  • A horse is uncomfortable walking around
  • Soles are soft and flexible when touched

Potential causes of thin soles:

  • Changing Environments: A wet environment weakens the sole, and abrasion from rough surfaces wears down the sole quickly.
  • Genetic Predisposition: Some horses, like thoroughbreds, have thin soles naturally, so it’s important that hoof care professionals are aware of it and avoid overtrimming during routine visits and shoeing.
  • Over Trimming: Hoof care professionals should be aware of whether a horse has thick or thin soles

Be Wise: Equalize

on Tue, 06/06/2017 - 20:53

Equalizing Vettec cartridges before use will ensure that the product is flowing properly for optimal performance.

Preparing the cartridge:

Begin: Place your nippers on the shoulders of the cartridge at the score line.

Score: Gently turn the nippers and score the cartridge tip.

Cut: Slice evenly through both sides of the cartridge.

Equalize: Squeeze a small amount to ensure both sides are equal.

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