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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 to

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.

Safety During Summer: How warming weather affects horses

on Tue, 05/02/2017 - 22:07
 Providing extra support inside the hoof cavity by using pour-in-pad materials, such as Equi-Pak can help provide extra protection and support throughout every season.

(Family Features) Increasing heat and drier conditions mean outdoor animals of all kinds are forced to adapt as the summer season marches on. The sweltering temperatures in many parts of the country can have a multitude of effects on these animals that are in the sun and heat throughout the day.

Horses are a primary example of outdoor animals that experience the effects of the temperatures and must adapt. However, there are ways that owners can help ease the strain of summer on their horses in a few different key areas.

Nutrition

Oftentimes, a horse’s diet will require adjustments during

How Weather and Temperature Affect Hoof Health

on Wed, 04/05/2017 - 21:27

When it comes to weather and a horse’s environment, there are two main factors that impact hoof health:

• Temperature

• Moisture

How temperature and moisture can affect the sole:

• In cooler climates, foot growth slows down. Thus, trimming happens less often.

• Warmer weather causes the foot to grow normally, and therefore requires trimming and maintenance more regularly.

• Changes in the environment, such as wet-to dry, in a short amount of time can cause chipping and cracking, and the shoe size may change.

• A cold and wet environment can cause thrush, bacterial infection that lives in the

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