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Tips for Horse Care - Summer Survival

on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 20:58

As summer approaches, we must think about how the hot weather can affect horses as they stand in the sun.  Horses need extra attention during the summer months to keep them healthy and happy.  We put together a list of reminders that will help you keep your horses comfortable this month. 

  • Avoid sunburns by applying sunscreen to your horse, especially around the nose and muzzle. (Horses with white markings burn easier than others, so pay careful attention to these areas).  You can use your own sunscreen, just make sure it has a high UV protection rating. 
  • Make sure there is shady areas that

A Great Testimonial About Vettec's Sole-Guard!

on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 17:09
At Vettec, we love to hear from our users!  Recently we received the following post on our Facebook page: 

Just a quick thanks for making wonderful products!

We live in No. California on a ranch. A lot of this area is laden with rock, mostly volcanic. Working a horse on this type of ground can make them very foot sore. Using traditional pads was ok, but the cavity tended to pack full of debris & cause problems. Using a silicone material to fill the cavity didn't work any better. We started searching for a solution.

I had used your products on a barefoot horse that had foundered & I was

Vettec Adhesives Day at Bob Smith's PCHS

on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 20:57

Students at Bob Smith's Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School take part in an Adhesives Day led by Vettec's Larkin Greene.  Bob recently invested in the Blacksmith Buddy, a working artificial equine leg with replaceable hoof capsules, developed by Southern California farrier Wes Champagne.  The device is an anatomically correct and articulating horse leg for training farriers, veterinarians, and blacksmiths.  Replaceable hoof capsules are attached to the leg via a quick connect/release device and can be nipped, nailed, rasped, and glued several times.

Vettec received a great update from AERC rider, April Moore!

on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:36

"Howdy! Wanted to let you know how much I love your products and attribute it to my stallions successes in multi-day 50mile endurance rides. DB Air Alamahn finished 3rd in the AERC Jim Jones stallion award, 8th lightweight west region and reserve CSHA lightweight champion in 2012. He has over 1800 competition miles! DB Air Alamahn & DB BEY BARZ are both currently ranked 2nd this year in the Jim Jones award with 500 mile each and the season has just started! All these rides we completed with Equi-pak CS and I also use your other products in my everyday farrier work.

Endurance riding and EquiPak

on Thu, 05/09/2013 - 16:34

Meet endurance rider and EquiPak devotee Carey Brock from Delhi, California.  Carey and her 7 year old Arab mare Khandy Kiss have made quite an impact in the sport of Multi-Day Endurance, trail rides that can span up to five days and beyond.  In a sport where few riders log one thousand miles in one year on the same horse, Carey and Khandy have ridden 2,160 miles together in the last two years and are on track to earn the AERC 3K Award by the end of this year.  If she makes it, Khandy will be one of the youngest horses to achieve that distinction. 


Carey has been endurance riding for only

Werkman Games 2013

on Tue, 05/07/2013 - 21:14

Frank Dugan, Vettec's National Sales Manager, recently attended the 2013 Werkmen Games in Europe.  Enjoy the great photos he took!

Vettec Case Study - Super Fast helps Rotational/Angular Deviation (Part 2)

on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 22:32

The second and third visits to the Central California coast revealed some progress in hoof shape and wall growth, and some limitations to the Super Fast application.  After two Super Fast applications 4 weeks apart, much of it broke off due to the stresses involved with uneven weight bearing and the wet environment.  Thrush also developed in the contracted heel bulbs and central sulcus.  So a change in tactics was in order.  Farrier Mike Hayward built a bar shoe that was to be glued on to give more support than the Super Fast could provide alone.  Normally Adhere is used for glueing on shoes,

Christoph Schork uses Vettec's Superfast for a heel extension

on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 21:14

Vettec Super Fast works great for heel extension. Recently we received a case study from Christoph Schork who worked on a horse with under run heels and a negative palmar angle. The horse's deep flexor tendon had a stress tear because of it.  Christoph used Super Fast  and noted that the material adheres seamlessly with the hoof wall while supporting the horse structurally. Before using Super Fast, Christoph filled the frog area with Equi-Pak CS to support and comfort the sole. 

With this package, the horse was able to stay barefoot, Christoph did not shoe in this case.

Vettec teams up with Total Foot Protection in the UK

on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 22:52

Frank Dugan  of Vettec was recently in the UK and teamed up with Total Foot Protection, (TFP), to offer a hands on clinic to about 40 of their Farrier customers.  It was a great day of discussions and practical learning.  Vettec would like to thank TFP for hosting this unique continuing education experience for their customers.


What can I expect for traction with an Equi-Pak pad?

on Mon, 03/25/2013 - 17:37

Here is a great technical question and answer for you!

Q: My farrier filled our event horses' feet with Equi-Pak.  With this material in the sole, will my horse slip more?  Will I need to stud every time my daughter rides on grass?  And will this pad material be safe to use in an arena?  Thank you for your help!

A: A lot will depend on how full the Equi-Pak pad is in the foot.  If it is filled to ground level, then we would suggest that studs be used on wet grass, or other wet surfaces.  In the arena, traction normally is not an issue.

What Vettec Product Should I Use on an Endurance Ride?

on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 22:10

We recently received the following technical question:

What product do you recommend for barefoot racing.  Would it last for 100 miles on rocky mountainous terrain done in 24 hours?  I want barefoot but can't afford sore footed horse disqualification.   

Vettec rep, Larkin Greene responded: 

The short answer to your question is yes; in fact we have had endurance riders actually win 100 milers with Sole Guard on unshod horses.  Here's the longer answer:

Sole Guard is a liquid urethane used on unshod feet for around 2.5 to 3 weeks, is quite durable against any rock trail, and is a great way

Vettec products used to repair hoofwall after Keratoma removal

on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 17:02
After finding a Keratoma, a surgeon was called in to remove it, leaving a resected hoof wall and an equally large hole in the sole

This big 12 year old draft horse is used for farming and skidding logs, and he's happy when he's working.  He has good feet and has generally not needed to be shod.  So when the owner noticed a bump on the lateral hoof wall on the right hind, he called in the vet who discovered a golf ball sized keratoma between the hoof wall and the third phalanx.  Keratomas are fairly uncommon benign masses of keratinized tissue, and their cause is unknown, but they do cause lameness and are surgically removed when possible.

Vettec's Sole-Guard can repair your shoes!

on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 18:47
Working on minis, keeps you on your knees and can wear out your boot toe!

When trimming minis you spend a lot of time on your knees.  Pretty soon the toes of your boots look like the first picture in this blog.  Fortunately the steel toe keeps your big toe from basking in the outdoors, but it still looks like you're down to your last dollar.  Not to worry; Sole Guard is great for fixing all kinds of things like this.  With a little duct tape and careful dispensing, you can create a durable toe cap that will probably outlast the rest of the boots....wire brushed to remove the glossy finish.

Vettec's New Deluxe Dispensing Gun - Coming Soon!

on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 16:13

Vettec proudly introduces a new Deluxe dispensing gun.  This addition to the Vettec family of hoof care products will make using Vettec products even easier than it is now.

It is such an improvement that our testers didn't want to give it back, so we let them keep it.  What makes this new dispensing gun so good?  To start, it is even “beefier” than our Premium gun, smoother action and greater leverage for cold weather applications.  One very nice feature comes at the end.

Vettec sponsors the World Horseshoeing Classic in 2013

on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 22:15
Team Vettec hard at work at the 2013 World Horseshoeing Classic!

This year at the World Horseshoeing Classic, Vettec sponsored a team to compete.  Vettec's rep, Kris Kibbey, attended the competition at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School.  There were 15 teams competing for a $10,000 dollar prize!  Vettec's team consisted of four farriers; Mike Augenstein and Trey Green from OH, Bill Kiner from PA and Lloyd Clayton from AR.  The team held practices throughout the year to prepare for the event.  

The contest was three days of competition. The teams all made the same shoe each day and 3 different types of shoes, one different shoe each day.

Vettec Case Study - Super Fast helps Rotational/Angular Deviation (Part 1)

on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 17:50
X-Ray showing rotational deviation and remodeled coffin bone.

This cute little mutt horse was rescued in the Central Coast forest of California and has both an angular and rotational deviation in the right fore limb.  If you look at the X-rays you'll see that there are other significant issues, chief among them, a seriously remodeled coffin bone.  Because of this conformation, he bears weight on the medial side of his hoof capsule and it crushes the wall in the heel contributing to a deep crack in the medial toe quarter.  With the lateral wall bearing little weight, it grows long quickly, compounding the damage to the medial side.

SuperFast Repair on an Elephant! Vettec

on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 19:44
This Elephant has a crack in it's toe.

Recently Larkin Greene had the opportunity to visit an elephant at the zoo who had a crack in it's toe.  The care takers asked for his help to repair the crack.  Larkin used SuperFast on the toe crack.  First the crack was debrided, removing all of the loose or flaking tissue and then it was packed with yellow Play-doh.  Next the whole area was covered with SuperFast, leaving the top and bottom with an opening for irrigation.  Once the SuperFast was set, he removed the Play-doh in order to regularly treat and irrigate the affected area until it grew out.

The debrided toe was packed with Play

Vettec Technical Question - Will Super Fast work for me?

on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 22:34



I was wondering if and how Super Fast might be used and successfully applied to the sole and wall in the toe region? The case is one of a horse that has had slippered front toes with insufficient toe depth.


Hi there, without seeing pictures, we can only give you general recommendations regarding the parameters of our materials.   If you are talking about slippered front toes, then I'm assuming you are dealing with laminitis and/or founder.  The toe is long (or was) and the hoof wall has pressure ridges that are closer together at the toes and wider apart at the heels?

Vettec Technical Question: Is Sole-Guard right for my unshod horse?

on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 21:48

It may not be clear if Sole-Guard is the right choice for you and your barefoot horse.  We thought it may help to share a question from one of our customers as well as our response.  We hope this is helpful to you. 


I'm considering using Sole-Guard for my horse after many unsuccessful tries with other barefoot applications. However, I'm concerned about problems arising due to the lack of breathability. What about bacteria that might get sealed in with the Sole-Guard? Also, what about use in mud or wet conditions, including frequent stream crossing?

Using Vettec's Super Fast in Cold Weather

on Thu, 02/07/2013 - 23:06

Here is a conversation we had recently with a Vettec customer using Super Fast.  We hope you find it useful!


"The outside temperature where I live is 43 degrees today.  This is my first time using Super Fast and I am using a 50cc cartridge.  I kept the Super Fast warm until application and I warmed the hoof with a hair dryer.  I used nippers to cut along the notch in the tip.  I dispensed a small amount of product and attached the mixing tip.  As I dispensed the product it became harder and harder to push thru the tip.