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Equi-Pak helps with chronic laminitis

on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:32

Nancy Stukenburg's farrier uses Vettec products and she recently shared this success story with us:

Pocahontas had clogs, then we switch to metal shoes using Equi-Pak. These photos show her on the second set. She was already on it during the winter for 7 weeks. She was still lame, I believe it might be due to the icy weather. She got her second set this past Monday the 16th. I guess this makes 8-9 weeks. She is doing better on this set.  Her hoofs are almost full grown out.  She not lame anymore. I love it.

 

 

What does the foot look like after Sole-Guard is removed

on Tue, 02/24/2015 - 22:07

Riders always ask us, "What does the foot look like after Sole-Guard is removed?" We say it looks good but a picture is worth a thousand words. Here's a before and after on an endurance horse that wears this same package of steel shoes and Sole-Guard from February through August...every 6 weeks.

Vettec Adhesive Helps a Turtle Heal

on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 19:02

We are always interested in scenarios where Vettec products are used for repairing something other than hooves.  Recently we received the following interesting story from a turtle rehabilitation organization

The turtle pictured was run over by a car. Her carapace (top shell) was fractured with soft tissue damage underneath.  After administering pain medication I cleaned the carapace around the fracture and glued the post to it using your glue. The posts are used in the automotive industry, but work great for turtle repair.

After the glue set I ran zip ties through the posts (that is what

Vettec's 3rd Annual Hands On Clinic at IHCS

on Wed, 02/18/2015 - 22:54

The 3rd Annual Vettec Hands on Clinic at the International Hoofcare Summit was a great success! We had several stations available for our 200+ attendees.  The stations covered topics such as gluing on shoes or boots, pour-in-pad materials for shod and unshod feet and creating custom shoes with Super Fast.  Each attendee was encouraged to participate in order to learn more about how Vettec products work and to become comfortable using them.  If you are interested in attending or arranging a hands on clinic, please contact us, we would welcome the opportunity to work with you.

High-level jumping horse with a severe club foot

on Fri, 02/13/2015 - 19:00

Farrier Caleb Fisher of Gordonville, PA recently worked on a high-level jumping horse with a severe club foot.

He used a double layer of foam boards to add extra concavity in pad. The shoe applied was a Polyflex glue-on and he used Equi-Pak Soft in the commissures of the frog for comfort and support.  Regular Equi-Pak was immediately applied over the Soft to form the rest of the pad.  This photo was taken 25 days after the pad was applied.

 

Vettec is offering a chance to win at IHCS!

on Wed, 01/14/2015 - 19:07

Attention 2015 International Hoof Care Summit attendees:

Keep your eyes open for the Vettec quiz in the Jan/Feb issue of American Farriers Journal for a chance to win one of our Deluxe Dispensing Guns (an $89 dollar value)!  Simply locate the quiz on page 40, fill in the correct names of the products, remove the page and bring it to booth #417 and we will enter your name into our drawing.  Be sure to write your name, phone number and email address on your entry, we will notify winners at the end of the show.

Good Luck

 

 

Can Equi-Pak Be Used In Snowy Areas?

on Thu, 12/04/2014 - 20:40

This time of year people wonder about using Equi-Pak or other Vettec pour in pad materials on their horses.  The answer is that you can absolutely use Equi-Pak or the other pad materials in the snow.  These materials makes a great snow pad and won't allow snow and ice to build up in the sole.  Keep in mind that if your horses stand in the paddock all day, they will most likely get some snow sticking to the pad materials, but once they start moving the snow just falls off.

 

Vettec Use on Snow and Ice

on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:29

This time of year we receive many questions about using Vettec products on the snow and the ice.  People want to know if our products will work to prevent snowball build up, if the materials will protect their horses feet in winter and also what to do to prevent slips on icy ground.  We thought we'd address these issues for anyone wondering.

When trying to protect the foot and prevent snowball buildup, you can use any of the Equi-Pak products; Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS or Equi-Pak Soft (under a pad for the Soft) as pour in pad materials.

Preparing for Winter

on Fri, 11/14/2014 - 22:34

As the days turn colder and winter approaches, it is time to think about preparing your horse for the changing climate.  Below is a checklist of tips we compiled to help you in your preparation.

  • Check horse blankets for wear and tear, replace or mend any blankets with holes.
  • Add additional bedding to the stalls for warmth.
  • Clean the barn out, removing dust and cobwebs so the air is clean while your horse is shut in for longer time periods.
  • If your horse is pastured, provide adequate shelter.
  • Make sure there is plenty of fresh, non frozen, clean water for your horses.

Super Fast Shoes Help a Horse Become Sound

on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 22:27

Hi there Vettec. I had a case I thought I'd share with you from the other day. I had a Shetland pony who couldn't walk to the shoeing bay because they thought she had laminitis. When I inspected her feet I saw that her feet had been cut back too far and made her "sole bound". So with the use of Super Fast I created 2 front shoes for her. Even to my own amazement the mare left the shoeing bay and trotted back to her paddock. I saw her again in a week and the shoes were still holding strong. There was a very happy pony raising her young foal. Great result with a great product from Vettec.   

NYC Marathon

on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 17:51

Vettec rep, Kris Kibbey, recently ran the NYC Marathon.  Here is what he had to say about the event: 

On Sunday November 2 I ran the TCS NYC Marathon it was my 25th Marathon. It was 26.2 miles throughout the 5 Boroughs of New York City. The weather was very windy with gusts of 40+ MPH winds on the bridges and a high of around 45 degrees. It started in Staten Island and felt more like 20 degrees. I was in the 10:05 Wave start, The race has 3 start lines and 4 waves with  dividers in each wave to start the 50,000+ people who ran the race.

Removing Adhere Glue

on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 20:24

To remove a shoe glued on with Adhere, you will first need to rasp away the material on the outside of the wall so that all the glue that is left is between the shoe and the sole.  Then take a pair of pull offs and break the seal at each heel and work your way around like you would with a nailed on shoe. 

After you remove the shoe, you can either grind the glue off under the shoe or scrape if off with a screwdriver. 

 

Will Glue on Shoes Work for Barrel Horses?

on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 17:18

Here is an interesting Q&A on glue-on shoes and barrel horses.  

Question:

My barrel horse ripped a front shoe off recently and a lot of the medial and lateral hoof wall came off with the shoe, leaving very little hoof wall to nail to.  Would you recommend using Adhere to glue the shoe back on until the next shoeing?  Do you know how a glued on shoe would hold with a barrel horses level of activity?  

Answer:

Adhere is the ideal Vettec product for gluing shoes on.  Depending on how much wall was lost, we would suggest that you first rebuild the hoof wall with Adhere.  Please follow the

Vettec can Help Manage Chronic Lameness

on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:20

Vettec products can help manage acute and chronic lameness. Check out these examples to find out how.

 

  

   

     

 

The first photo shows an acute laminitic case that could not take the concussion of nailing. A SuperFast shoe was created with an Equi-PakICS pour in the caudal region and frog.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the second picture you see a chronic founder case in need of support.  We used Equi-Build in the caudal region for firmer support and Equi-Pak up front to keep debris out.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third picture is a chronic laminitic case with Equi-PakICS for support in heel region and

Can I use Sole-Guard on a foot healing from abscesses?

on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 22:35

Below is a recent tech question and answer that we thought we'd share with you!

Q:

Can you use Sole-Guard on a foot that's healing from several abscesses?  They have drained but are open into the hoof.  My horse  has foundered and now needs sole protection.  I don't want to put shoes on him.

 

A:

Great question!  Normally we would caution against this type of application.  If the abscesses are totally dried then you could give it a try.

Report on the use of Vettec products on a female Asian elephant at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (United Kingdom)

on Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:03

This is a great story we received from the ASL Whipsnade Zoo.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has a 30 year old female Asian elephant that has a history of foot sole problem. These solar issues are secondary to an unusual gait caused by an abnormal conformation of the front legs, with the toes turning inwardly. Additionally, using radiography and pressure pad testing, it appeared that one leg was slightly shorter than the other, exacerbating the abnormal pressures on the soles.

An elephant from another collection with a similar problem has had significant improvement of conformation and gait after

Dreams come true at the Tevis Cup 2014

on Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:15

Leslie Baumgartner from Northern California realized a long time dream last week after entering and finishing her first Tevis Cup race.  Though an experienced trail rider, Leslie had not done any endurance events prior to her 300 miles of qualifying rides earlier this year.  Her 13 year old Quarter/Walker mare Grace showed she was fit enough and tough enough during those rides, though some would call her an unlikely candidate for endurance’s toughest event since most horses who compete at this level are Arabians or Arab crosses.

She contacted Vettec rep Larkin Greene after hearing about

Tech Question: Will Sole-Guard work on a thin soled horse?

on Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:50

"I bought Sole-Guard, after I read the instructions I am unsure if I can use it.  My horse has thin soles and it said not to use it for thin soles.  What can I use for thin soles and thin hoof walls? HELP" 

The above was an email we received a few weeks ago.  This is a good question, as Sole-Guard is a firmer pad material and isn't the right fit for all horse hooves.  Here is our response to this issue:

A Sole-Guard application on thin soles will depend on what type of ground your horse is on and what it's activity level is.

American Farrier's Journal Shares Farrier Tips in New Article

on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:08

American Farrier's Journal recently posted an article featuring Farrier Tips titled, "Thinking Outside the Box" by Jeremy McGovern.  The article provides a great example of how the farriery industry is full of innovative thinkers.  Vettec is pleased to note that the featured innovative thinker, Todd Allen, discusses a hoofcare solution he came up with using Super Fast.  We thought we'd share the article with you all: 

As an industry, farriery is populated with people who add unique ideas when addressing old footcare problems.

What does Vettec recommend for Seedy Toe and Hoof Wall Cracks?

on Mon, 06/16/2014 - 23:06

Serious cases of seedy toe can lead to compromised hoof wall integrity.  The seedy toe can allow dirt and debris to pack up between the wall and the lamina causing irritation and issues.  At Vettec, when we hear about cases like this, the first thing we recommend doing is having a qualified farrier and a vet out to give the horse a trim and to find out what all is going on with the foot.  

If seedy toe turns out to be the issue, resecting the hoof wall in the affected area will allow a farrier to remove any impacted debris and will expose the affected area to oxygen.

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