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The Last Thing Thrush Bacteria See

on Mon, 03/28/2016 - 22:32

The last thing thrush bacteria see should be Equi-Pak CS! Equi-Pak CS is a pour-in pad material, infused with copper sulfate, to manage mild to moderate cases of thrush.  The pad bonds to the foot, eliminating the need to pick out the feet daily and apply medication. 

Equi-Pak CS:

  • For use as pad/packing material for Thrush
  • Can be used as a preventative measure during wet seasons 
  • Bonds to the sole eliminating the need to pick out the feet and apply daily medication
  • Uniform support allows for faster, thicker hoof wall and sole growth
  • Provides same protection and support as original Equi-Pak

 

Identifying and Managing Quarter Cracks

on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 21:27

A horse that is at risk of developing a Quarter Crack may have one of the following characteristics:

  • Long toes
  • Heels that lack angles
  • Crooked coronary band or hairline
  • Strikes one part of the foot repeatedly
  • Feet are not flat on the ground
  • Predisposed to condition because of genetic features such as carpus valgus or varus

Signs that a horse may have a Quarter Crack:

  • Vertical crack from the ground-up at the widest part of the hoof wall
  • A crack is bleeding at the hairline
  • The horse appears lame
  • Crooked coronary band or hairline 

Managing Quarter Cracks to recovery:

  • Identify the cause of the

Vettec's Ultra Dispensing Gun

on Mon, 02/22/2016 - 21:55

Vettec is proud to introduce the Ultra Dispensing Gun! The first of it's kind in the industry, the Ultra is an automated gun designed for the application of Vettec products. With its variable speed settings, applying Vettec materials has never been more efficient or effortless. The ULTRA comes with two long lasting, fast recharging Lithium ion batteries ensuring you won’t be left needing power.  Order yours today to start enjoying the benefits this gun has to offer, such as:

• Variable speed

• Automatic operation

• Rapid battery charge

• 2 Long lasting Lithium-ion battery

• Built in

Cold Weather and Equi-Pak

on Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:44

As the temperatures drop many wonder about using Equi-Pak in cold weather and if cooler weather affects the longevity of the product.  Outside temperature typically are not an issue and do not affect the longevity of the product.  However, there are a few tips you should follow to certify success.

First ensure that the product itself is in between 65-85 degrees (room temperature) when you use it. If you need to warm the product up, do so slowly, so that you do not overheat the material or the plastic cartridge.

Vettec Equi-Pak CS Helps Prevent Snowballing in Horse Hooves During Winter Season

on Wed, 12/09/2015 - 16:37
Pour-in pad provides durable support and protection against thrush in wet conditions

As temperatures in parts of the country dip below freezing and weather presents wet conditions, horses become susceptible to snowballing and thrush in their hooves. Tab Pigg, CJF, recommends that farriers and horse owners apply snowball pads or pour-in pad material to horse’s hooves during the cold season to prevent snow becoming impacted in the hoof cavity.Vettec Equi-Pak CS can serve as a snowball pad and its special formula can reduce the likelihood of thrush, which often surfaces during wet seasons.   

Vettec Equi-Pak CS is a fast-setting, soft, instant pad material.

Hoof Adhesives in Wet Conditions

on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 23:51

Wet weather and muddy conditions are difficult situations for anything adhesive…temporary wetness like riding through creeks, passing through wet ground, and time at the wash rack don’t pose insurmountable problems for adhesive applications, but standing in water or mud is different.  

Sole-Guard is a urethane pad material that can help in some situations, however it is limited to 2 to 3 weeks, and in a mud environment, that could be much shorter since feet swell and shrink with excess moisture then dry out, making it difficult to keep something bonded.  Sole-Guard is also not recommended

Essential Items in a Farrier’s Tool Kit

on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 23:52

Farriers rely on specialized tools and adhesives to keep horses’ hooves in healthy condition and treat them when there is an issue. With quality tools and pour-in pad materials on-hand, farriers can fit shoes and trim hooves at any time to keep horses sound and avoid injury.

Vettec’s Farrier-at-Large, Tab Pigg, leads hands-on clinics throughout the U.S. to teach shoeing and forging techniques to equine owners, farriers and veterinarians. Tab shares his expertise via a popular video and blog series “Two Minutes with Tab” on Vettec.com where he addresses questions and shoeing predicaments from

Can Vettec Products be Used With Boots?

on Thu, 10/15/2015 - 21:30

Several Vettec products can be used in conjunction with boots.  Vettec pad materials can be used to provide comfort and support along with boots which provide protection.  

When comfort and support are required with a boot, Equi-Pak or Equi-Pak Soft can be used to line or fill the boot. 

To apply this type of package, you would need to clean the foot of any dirt or debris and apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly over the sole and the frog.  You would then hold the foot level and fill it with the pad material of your choice.  The material should be filled to the edge of the white line.

Managing Acute and Chronic Lameness with Pour-in Pads

on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 21:04

Sheared heels are often caused by an imbalance of the hoof capsule or uneven distribution. In extreme cases the entire heel area may contract. Due to incorrect weight bearing and distribution, heels are sheered, which results in one heel being pushed upwards making the frog narrower. Sheared heels cause stress on tendons and ligaments as well as the bony column. To correct or manage sheared heels the hoof needs to be balanced by trimming the heels (at times the side pushed upwards needs more trimming).

To facilitate proper growth of the hoof wall lamiae, a pour in pad may be applied for sole

Vettec's Super Fast Fixes Nylon Ankle Guard

on Tue, 09/15/2015 - 16:15
Applying Super Fast to a broken nylon ankle guard.
Drying the guard is important so the material will bond to it.
The customer is happy with her ankle guard repaired with Super Fast.

At the recent Tevis Cup Endurance ride, a rider had a broken nylon ankle strap.  She was no longer able to use it, until Vettec came to the rescue. Using a 50cc cartridge of Super Fast, Larkin Greene was able to repair the strap.  Because Super Fast is an adhesive, Larkin used it to "glue" the strap back together, and it worked beautifully for the rest of the ride. 

Using Solar Support and Boots for Endurance and Trail Riding Races

on Tue, 09/08/2015 - 23:04
This farrier is applying a pour-in pad material before a long endurance ride for comfort and support on the trail.

When gearing up for endurance and trail riding season, there is a lot of training and preparation that go into it for the rider and horse. Both have to be conditioned to face the 25, 50 or 100-mile race that lies ahead of them. Because a horse will be on their feet in rocky terrain for long periods of time, it’s important that hooves are properly protected, supported and prepared for any possibilities, such as uneven, loose footing, stepping on sharps, cuts and hoof impacts.

Endurance Racing Conditions

When racking up miles on difficult terrain, horses and riders endure challenging

Pour-in Pads: Maintaining Normal Function

on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 20:51
An alternative to traditional pads and silicone filling is a liquid pour-in-pad made of polyurethane.

(NAPSI)—Changing seasons, weather conditions, old age, injury, overfeeding and other conditions can all affect the way a horse moves and bears weight comfortably. Providing your horse a stable platform on which to carry itself is crucial to its long-term health. Certified Journeyman Farrier Tab Pigg recommends the use of pour-in pads to provide the extra support and/or comfort that horses require as they go through life’s stages.

The Old Way
Historically, it was thought that anything put under a plastic or leather pad would provide protection and support and cushion the sole.

Heart Bar Pad with Equi-Pak CS

on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 18:56
This Paint horse had been suffering under run heels for a few months.
An easy way to get an even fill is to trace and cut blue foam board pieces to fit the open space around the frog plate.
A couple tablespoons of Equi-Pak CS is flowed into the area, then the foam board is placed over it and pressed gently to spread the material and push it into every gap, while leaving a thin protective pad to protect the sole while the horse is in his rock strewn paddock.

This Paint horse had been suffering under run heels for a few months; the heels had moved forward long enough to result in a negative palmar angle to the coffin bone (P3), and the horse was beginning to bear weight on the bulbs.  The farrier and vet team decided on a shoe package with a Myron McLane frog support pad to temporarily shift some of the load to the frog in order to provide some added support for the bone column, and relieve the stressed hoof wall.

To keep debris from making its way under the pad, especially around the frog, Equi-Pak CS was used to block any gaps, and provide

Will Vettec Help a Clubbed Foot?

on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 17:53

Vettec materials are often involved when hooves become misshapen, whether by genetics, overwork, or age. Clubbed feet are particularly problematic because they generally grow heel dramatically, little to no toe, and are often flat footed with no working frog. The resulting upward stance defeats the design of the hoof almost entirely because a hoof is meant to be conical with concavity in the sole so it can do three things: collect ground under the footfall, flex to absorb load, and grab the ground for the next go phase.

Vettec Sole-Guard Pad for Siri the Elephant

on Mon, 07/13/2015 - 16:40

The Syracuse Zoo recently contacted Kris Kibbey of Vettec to discuss options for their resident elephant, Siri.  Siri was wearing very uneven and her foot was almost rubbed raw from the wear.  Kris and the Syracuse Zoo staff decided to pour Sole-Guard onto the bottom of Siri's foot to provide protection and comfort to her worn foot.  The pour-in pad seemed to help her out and she showed signs of immediate relief!  Vettec products have the ability to help all types of animals.

Hoof Jack Repair with SuperFast

on Thu, 06/04/2015 - 19:56

The Hoof Jack is a durable, well made tool, but when a big horse decides to break something, it’s better to get out of the way and protect yourself from getting broken.  Once again SuperFast proves its worth for fixing just about anything….we roughed up the surface, drilled a few holes, applied SuperFast to both sides, and left it ugly….the beauty is in the savings.   If you have an unusual fix with SuperFast, track down a Vettec rep and provide pictures…you’ll likely get a free cartridge for your troubles.

 

Two Minutes With Tab - We Want to Hear From You!

on Thu, 05/14/2015 - 16:24

We have just finished shooting 7 new segments of Two Minutes With Tab.  Now we would like to hear from you all to see what topics you would like to see next.  Email us: info@vettec.com or find us on Facebook and let us know your thoughts. 

 

Vettec Hands on Workshop at Lookout Mountain School

on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 21:12
Students at Lookout Mountain School learn how to glue on shoes with Vettec's Adhere.

Lookout Mountain School of Horseshoeing recently hosted a Vettec Hands on Workshop with Lynne Myers.  Lynne helped the students learn how to glue on shoes and repair hoof wall with Adhere.  She also showed them how to create a custom shoe with Super Fast.

Scheduling a Hands on Workshop is easy, and best of all it is free!  Vettec provides all of the needed materials and a Vettec rep goes through various applications so that participants can become familiar with using the products.

"Modify Your Tools to Fit Your Needs"

on Thu, 04/16/2015 - 22:09

(Excerpt from April 2015 issue of American Farriers Journal)

Modify Your Tools to Fit Your Needs

Simple tweaks to your equipment can improve safety and efficiency

By Jeff Cota, Associate Editor

Many people have a difficult time adjusting to change.  Change can be good, though.  It can make work environments safer, improve efficiency and save money.

Vettec’s Sole-Guard Helps Horses Comfortably Transition to Unshod

on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 22:47

As horses enter breeding season this spring, pregnant mares become less active while bearing extra weight from pregnancy. Tab Pigg, Vettec’s Farrier-at-Large, recommends that farriers and horse owners remove horseshoes during pregnancy and use pour-in pad materials during the time period without shoes. Vettec’s Sole-Guard product helps serve as a transitional material when going from shod to unshod hooves by providing extra support as the hooves acclimate to barefoot.

Sole-Guard is a fast-setting, liquid urethane pour-in pad material providing durable support that retains its shape and

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