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Vettec, Help! My Sore Footed Horse Was Trimmed too Short

on Wed, 05/21/2014 - 17:34

One of the questions we get here at Vettec is: "What product should I use for my sore-footed horse who was trimmed too short?"

We would say that if you feel that too much of the sole was removed and you just need some cushion and protection then Equi-Pak would do the trick.  We would recommend that you only fill up to where the Equi-Pak runs under the branch of the shoe and not to ground level.  This is best applied when the shoe is being put on but if a shoe is already put on, then:

Take a wire brush and clean the sole and frog out thoroughly.

Tech Questions - What Vettec product to use on a barefoot?

on Tue, 05/13/2014 - 18:58

Question:

I  have a horse in my care whose frog has been over thinned that resulted in an abscess.  The abscess is now dry and trying to heal.  Do you have a  product I can apply to his sole to offer protection until his frog can heal?

Answer:

Thanks for the question.  In your case the best option would be the use of Sole-Guard, as long as the frog is not moist or bleeding.  If it has healed and just not fully grown back you'll be fine.  Please see our videos, online or in DVD, for full application directions.

Vettec Product Day at Hocking College

on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 20:54

In April Vettec Rep Kris Kibbey worked at Hocking College in Ohio with the farrier students at the school.

Kris reports:

"We spent the day going over the full range of Vettec products. We had a short power point presentation that went over all of the material uses and set time of the products. Then I showed the application procedure to the students and once that was finished they had the opportunity to use all the products on the schools horses. We talked about the importance of drying the foot before applying any materials to ensure a proper bond.  Several students practiced creating

Got a Plugged Vettec Cartridge?

on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 20:42

If you have ever had a plug in a Vettec cartridge you know how frustrating it can be to get the material flowing again. The key to not getting a plugged cartridge is not to hit the release button on the back of the dispensing gun until the mix tip has been removed. You have unmixed material sitting at the back of the tip, when you release pressure it sucks material back in the tube and BAM there's your plug. So don't hit the button!!!!

Vettec Cartridge Purging

on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 22:46

It is essential to dispense a small amount of material out of the cartridge before putting the mix tip on. Many users open the tube and do not level the material before they start dispensing it onto the foot. This can result in the materials being unable to mix properly and therefore, not performing properly.

How dry should the foot be for Vettec products?

on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 17:03

Because Vettec products will bond to anything, even moisture, it is critical that moisture levels in the hoof be regulated before application.  Since we first introduced our line of adhesive materials, we have instructed that before applying Vettec materials, you must dry the hoof thoroughly.  All hooves contain natural moisture and must be dried for the product to achieve the appropriate bond to the sole. Notice the moisture ring in the top picture to the right, this is the natural moisture that a hoof produces, even if it appears dry.

Repair your boots with SG-20 Adhesive!

on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 20:35

Do your boots have holes in them from working out in the field or the barn?  Don't toss them out and replace them, fix them!  Vettec's new SG-20 Adhesive is perfect for the job.  

SG-20 is made of a propriety blend of two-part poly-urethane adhesive material that adheres to dry neoprene, poly-urethane, and canvas making it ideal for repairing many different styles of Muck Boots™, frog toggs®, Xtra Tuff boots and foul weather gear.

Lookout Mountain Horseshoeing School and Vettec

on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:21

Last week was the first class of 2014 for Lookout Mountain School of Horsesheoing and their introduction to Vettec products. Lynne Myers created a SuperFast shoe and let one of the students finish it to get an idea of how easy it is to use.  Lane McNew and Lynne also went over the basics of gluing on shoe with Adhere.  Lynne will go back in a couple weeks for their hands on clinic day. This group is anxious to try everything!

Think a Vettec clinic would be helpful in your area?  Email us and let us know. 

 

Success Gluing on a Shoe With Adhere

on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 18:14

This is a shot of a shoe glued on with Adhere 7 weeks after application.  The horse was turned out 24/7, in extreme cold and snow which then turned into mud and back to snow. Notice the tight bond to the hoof wall after all of this time and weather.  The key to successes here was extra drying time.  The foot was dried for 1.5 minutes instead of the normal 30-60 seconds. This reduced the moisture level by 50% on the hoof, allowing for a much stronger bond. 

Farrier uses Vettec's Adhere to repair hoofwall

on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 21:49

Farrier Chance Overacker sent us these before and after pictures of a gelding that he worked on.  Here is what he had to say:

This is a 6 year old paint gelding who had extremely and weak brittle hoof walls.  I believe he might have had a nutritional problem that wasn't being addressed.  I applied Adhere to his hoofwall on two concurrent visits.  When I returned for the second application, the Adhere had prevented cracking and brittleness of the hoofwall.  The repair also prevented excess moisture build up in the cracks and prevented anaerobic bacteria from growing in the hoof crack.

Vettec's Second Annual Hands On Clinic at the IHCS!

on Thu, 01/09/2014 - 00:02

After a highly successful hands on clinic in 2013, Vettec has decided to hold two more sessions at the 2014 International Hoof Care Summit.  This will be a hands on clinic for farriers at no charge.  We already have twice the amount of people signed up than we did at this time last year!  If you have not registered, but would like to, please click here to be directed to the registration form. 

The first session of our clinic will start at 9am on Tuesday the 28th and will end at 10:30.  The second session will start at 10:45am and will go until noon.

SuperFast proves its worth as a repair material.

on Tue, 01/07/2014 - 21:42

This Kookaburra is a large bird native to Australia and New Guinea...you've probably heard their distinct "laughing" call on every jungle movie ever made.  This one cracked his 4" bill by playing with it's food....Kooks are carnivorous, and often whack their live prey to kill it and shatter bones, making it easier to swallow whole and digest.  Defects do grow out but can be susceptible to fungus, and infection from tissue remnants from their food.  Once again, SuperFast proves its worth as a repair material.

Tech Questions - What are Vettec barefoot hoof solutions?

on Tue, 12/24/2013 - 18:19

Question:

My horse has gone barefoot for the last 5 month. I wonder if you have a solution of any kind for glue that can replace metal shoes for a period of two months. Mainly I would like the flexibility of the hoof during riding.

Thank You, 

David

Answer:

 Hi David,

Thank you for your question.  You have two options for your situation:

                    1.  You can build a Super Fast shoe,

                    2.  You can glue on one of the many synthetic shoes available on the market.

If you choose the Super Fast material please refer to our web site for application directions.  Clean and

The Gift of Comfort

on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:39

Equi-Pak and Equi-Pak CS

Give your horse the gift of comfort and support this Holiday Season with Vettec.  Equi-Pak is a soft, instant pad material that bonds to the foot for protection and support.  To prevent or manage moderate cases of thrush try Equi-Pak CS instant pad material infused with copper sulfate.  

 

Equi-Pak or Silicone for Endurance Riding?

on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 18:17

Here is a recent tech question we received: 

Question: 

My horse is a 11 year old Arab, used for endurance riding.  He has just been put in a 1 degree wedge pad on the right front only.  We plan on competing in some rocky rides, and using Equi-Build on the other 3 feet.  Which product would you recommend under the pad?  The Sil-pak or the Equi-Pak.  Thank you, C. D.

Answer:

Thank you for your email.  We would suggest using Equi-Pak under the pad. Silicones do not bond to either the pad or sole so you risk getting rocks, sand and moisture trapped in there for the ride.

Technical Question - Which Vettec Product Should I Use?

on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 18:17

Below is a great question we recieved from a Vettec user, and our recommendations to her. 

I would like to know which product you would recommend for the following:

I have 4 horses and I'm having major problems with their feet. We live in tropical Queensland, where in the summer we have massive rain fall and it's hot. The horses feet do not fare well. We have problems with seedy toe, white line fever, abscesses and thrush.

We need something that will help heal the problems now and something for prevention for our next wet season.

Leaking Cartridges - What is the cause?

on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 00:13

If you have experienced a leaking cartridge, you know how frustrating it can be.  We thought we would share some reasons that cartridges leak.  There are three common causes of material leaking out the back of the cartridge and all are related to increased pressure.  

1. Clogged openings.  Sometimes when you clean out the openings with a nail or something, you end up pushing some of the clog back into the cartridge instead of digging it out.  Then when you start to dispense, the clog flows back to the opening and blocks it partially or completely.

Tech Question - Which Vettec Pad Material is Best for My Endurance Horse?

on Fri, 10/04/2013 - 22:58

Question:

"Hi There

I have been looking at the different options to use for a shod and padded endurance horse for an upcoming ride that is rocky and has very hard footing. I am looking between the Equi-Pak and the Sil-Pak. Basically I just need to fill the gap between sole and pad and ensure that absolutely nothing can get in there-we do a few stream crossings and a few sandy patches so it is imperative that I don’t get water or sand between pad and sole which could cause discomfort-the ride is 3 days and vets are strict when it comes to the well being of our horses-I fully agree with them

Tech Question - Can I use Adhere to reinforce a nailed on shoe?

on Fri, 10/04/2013 - 22:47

Question:

"I have a horse that will constantly throw a show.  Bell boots on or not.  I have even tried putting boots on her and the bell boots.  Eventually the boots stretch so much that they just fall off of course.  My question, this last time all was going well until the 6th week.  I had noticed the nail clinches looked a bit loose, and sure enough the shoe was off within 24 hours.  I am wondering if I can use a bit of Adhere to reinforce the clinches to keep the shoe on long enough to reach the farrier date?  She is club footed on this particular foot.  As long as the shoe and pad are on

Tech Question: Which Vettec product works best with Easy Boot Gloves?

on Fri, 10/04/2013 - 22:26

Question:

"I am looking for a material to provide cushion and shock absorption in my Easyboot gloves during riding only.  The Sil-Pak seems like it would work as I could create a pad and since it does not bond to the sole and maintains its shape indefinitely I could take it out when I take off the boots. But it is my understanding that Equi-Pak and Equi-Pak Soft are better at reducing concussion. Will the Equi-Pak / Equi-Pak Soft retain its shape forever, and is it possible to make it removable from the hoof (like putting Vaseline on the hoof before application?)"

Thank you 

- Leslie


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