Students at Bob Smith's Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School take part in an Adhesives Day led by Vettec's Larkin Greene. Bob recently invested in the Blacksmith Buddy, a working artificial equine leg with replaceable hoof capsules, developed by Southern California farrier Wes Champagne. The device is an anatomically correct and articulating horse leg for training farriers, veterinarians, and blacksmiths. Replaceable hoof capsules are attached to the leg via a quick connect/release device and can be nipped, nailed, rasped, and glued several times.
"Howdy! Wanted to let you know how much I love your products and attribute it to my stallions successes in multi-day 50mile endurance rides. DB Air Alamahn finished 3rd in the AERC Jim Jones stallion award, 8th lightweight west region and reserve CSHA lightweight champion in 2012. He has over 1800 competition miles! DB Air Alamahn & DB BEY BARZ are both currently ranked 2nd this year in the Jim Jones award with 500 mile each and the season has just started! All these rides we completed with Equi-pak CS and I also use your other products in my everyday farrier work.
Meet endurance rider and EquiPak devotee Carey Brock from Delhi, California. Carey and her 7 year old Arab mare Khandy Kiss have made quite an impact in the sport of Multi-Day Endurance, trail rides that can span up to five days and beyond. In a sport where few riders log one thousand miles in one year on the same horse, Carey and Khandy have ridden 2,160 miles together in the last two years and are on track to earn the AERC 3K Award by the end of this year. If she makes it, Khandy will be one of the youngest horses to achieve that distinction.
The second and third visits to the Central California coast revealed some progress in hoof shape and wall growth, and some limitations to the Super Fast application. After two Super Fast applications 4 weeks apart, much of it broke off due to the stresses involved with uneven weight bearing and the wet environment. Thrush also developed in the contracted heel bulbs and central sulcus. So a change in tactics was in order. Farrier Mike Hayward built a bar shoe that was to be glued on to give more support than the Super Fast could provide alone. Normally Adhere is used for glueing on shoes,