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Putting Foot Back on a Horse

on Tue, 11/21/2017 - 23:31

There are two main potential causes of unhealthy hooves:

  • Lack of regular maintenance
  • Poor conformation

Signs that a horse hooves may need extra support:

  • Flaring: A horse may flare in its feet, either toe-in or toe-out, if its hooves are bothering them.
  • Lack of comfort: If a horse is visibly uncomfortable when walking or is noticeably less active, it may be a sign that the horse needs hoof maintenance.
  • Chipping or cracking: Without regular hoof maintenance, horses can develop obvious chipping or cracking in the hoof wall, and may need extra support in order to repair it.
  • Infection: Conditions

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

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

Sound or Lame: It’s Often Found in the Health of the Sole

on Wed, 02/22/2017 - 22:52
When it comes to keeping your horse healthy, hoof care is often the critical element that allows you to enjoy normal activities with your horse, such as riding.

When it comes to keeping your horse healthy, hoof care is often the critical element that allows you to enjoy normal activities with your horse, such as riding. Both shod and unshod, otherwise known as shoed or barefoot, philosophies offer benefits, but also come with limitations, which directly affect the health of the soles. While shoeing is necessary for many horses, a shod foot does not absorb shock as efficiently, mostly because shoeing raises the sole and frog off the ground, and constrains the normal flex of the foot.

Educational Partner of the 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit

on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 23:20
Vettec is proud to be an Educational Partner of the 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit

Vettec is proud to be an Educational Partner of the 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit coming up January 24-27 in Cincinnati. Featuring 76 hours of focused learning on hoof-care topics that matter most, these 4 knowledge-packed days that will forever improve your effectiveness, efficiency and profitability. Save $30.00 when you register today at the special $369 Early Bird Rate. 

Do Adhesives Used on the Equine Hoof Trap Moisture?

on Wed, 11/23/2016 - 20:01
Adhesives are not recommended if the area cannot be properly debrided and disinfected.

Many people ask if the acrylic and urethane adhesives currently used on horse’s feet trap moisture resulting in adverse effects.  The answer should be no, but it’s not always that simple.

Before we can answer the bigger question, we must first understand the importance of moisture.  The equine foot naturally contains moisture generated internally from blood circulation; it keeps tissues pliable for shock absorption.  Obviously the environment also plays a huge role in maintaining moisture balance.

How Bars Affect Feet

on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 00:21

A horse that is at risk of developing  unhealthy bars may have one of the following characteristics:

  • Stacked sole
  • Pinched heels

Signs that a horse may have unhealthy bars:

  • The horse appears lame
  • White lamina lines (bars) are not visible when looking at the sole
  • The sole appears stacked
  • The horse has a bruised sole or an abscess

Managing and maintaining healthy bars to recovery:

  • Limit activity level (riding and exercise)
  • Examine the hoof cavities to make sure that the bars (lamina) are visible
  • If bars are not visible, bars should be trimmed such that the lamina of the sole are visible
  • In

Sweet River Equine Clinic with Vettec

on Mon, 11/14/2016 - 20:42
Attendees at the Sweet River Equine Clinic were able to asses a hoof condition and decide on the best course of action.
Equi-Pak Soft is used with an aluminum shoe to provide protection and support.

Dr. Dan Sweet of Sweet River Equine Clinic in Modesto, California hosted his annual clinic to bring vets and farriers together to share knowledge and experience.  This year’s guest speaker/clinician was Dr. Raul Bras, an equine veterinarian and certified journeyman farrier from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky.  Dr. Bras is part of the Podiatry Group at the hospital and has successfully treated many high dollar horses, and chronic cases.  Topics included Hi-Lo Syndrome, Angular deformities, Low Heel Conformation, and Navicular Syndrome.

The Best Gun Ever!

on Wed, 09/14/2016 - 18:47

Wondering if the Ultra Dispensing Gun is right for you?  Take a look at a recent review we received from a happy customer:

 

Today I had the pleasure  of using the new Ultra Vettec Gun for the first time. I had a challenging case of a 17 hand Clydesdale with a quarter crack in his medial heel. The gun was an absolute God send! The molded shoe I used required 7 tubes of Adhere and 2 tubes of Sole-Guard. This would have usually be quite a hard job just dispensing that volume of material but the Ultra Gun made it so easy.  

- Robert Stevenson

Please contact us with any questions you might

When Strong is More Important than Pretty

on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 23:15

Everyone wants their work to look good, but when it comes to adhesives, pretty sometimes comes at the expense of strength; thicker is definitely stronger, especially when gluing to compromised feet.  The Easy Shoes shown here can be glued on the bottom surface along with the side flanges, or just glued on with the side flanges alone.  We like to add an adhesive toe clip and cover a bit of the shoe at the toe just to keep a toe stabber from loosening the bond.  Note the Adhere is left thick along the top edge of the flange for added strength when the foot will be exposed to irrigated pasture

Detecting & Treating Caudal Heel Syndrome

on Wed, 07/27/2016 - 01:02

A horse that is at risk of developing Caudal Heel Syndrome may have one of the following characteristics:

  • Long heels
  • Pinched heels

Signs that a horse may have Caudal Heel Syndrome:

  • Landing on toes when walking or trotting
  • Short strides
  • Horse appears lame

Managing Caudal Heel Syndrome to recovery: 

  • Identify the cause of the lameness with a hoof care professional
  • Limit activity level (riding and exercise)
  • Measure and trim hooves so the feet are balanced and weight is distributed evenly
  • If appropriate, farriers or veterinarians can use modern day techniques such as nerve blocking, MRIs and

Super Fast Extension Helps Correct Uneven Weight Bearing

on Thu, 05/12/2016 - 21:44
This pictures shows the foal before it's trim and the Super Fast fix.
This shows the second layer of Super Fast used to make an extension.
The foal has a better weight bearing surface after a trim and a Super Fast extension.

This is an 8wk old quarter horse with a valgus angular deviation at the knee and a slightly varus fetlock. The medial plates are growing faster than the lateral which is pushing the leg toward the lateral side, causing abnormal weight bearing on the medial heel. We applied a medial Super Fast extension. Learned something important on this one.

Super Fast and White Line Disease

on Wed, 04/27/2016 - 22:32

A Huge thank you for Super Fast.  It allowed me to fix a mare with ¼ inch to ½ inch deep White Line Disease all around both front feet plus crushed, under run heels.  I was able to remove all the WLD plus correct the heels and angles in one session without even making her uncomfortable.  Your product helped make her more comfortable that she’s been in a long while!  - Jonathan Sills-Martel

Promote Heel Growth & Help Sore Feet with Vettec

on Fri, 04/22/2016 - 22:10

We have recently had some questions on how Vettec products could help with sore feet due to low heels and how to promote heel growth. 

We have had quite a bit of success with this situation but, of course, there are several ways to get a foot back.  One way would be to trim off as much bent heel as possible, then add foot back with Adhere by applying a bead from the heel to the toe quarter and build heel height and correct angle.  (See picture) Once this is done, you can simply apply a regular shoe.  However, you must support the bottom of the foot as well.  Equi-Pak pour-in pad material

SuperFast Shoes Help Transition From Shod to Unshod

on Mon, 04/18/2016 - 21:49
SuperFast custom shoes can be used to transition horses from shod to unshod.

I just wanted to share that I have used Super Fast to build a shoe on several horses that I have helped transition from shod to barefoot & it has helped them continue to be used and transition more comfortably as they grew out the weak / shelly wall from nail holes.

I have also used Equi-Pak CS with shod horses for trail rides in rocky terrain that they were not conditioned for & they handled it wonderfully.

Most recently I built front shoes & filled them with Equi-Build  for a little pasofino mare recovering from founder  who had long toes & miserably tender / thin soles.

Three Tips To Keep Horse Hooves Infection Free

on Fri, 04/01/2016 - 17:52
You can give your horse a leg up when it comes to fighting infection with the help of a liquid adhesive that also supports the hoof.

When it comes to keeping your horse healthy, hoof care is often a critical element so you can enjoy normal activities together, such as riding or competing.  Properly maintained hooves are much less likely to develop bacterial and fungal infections; thus, horses can maintain normal hoof function. 

The Problem

Thrush, a bacterial infection, can be a common problem that resides in the “frog” of a horse’s hoof. The frog refers to the dark colored soft tissue on the bottom side of the foot that is triangular in shape, and stretches from a horse’s heel to midway toward the toe.

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