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How does the weather affect Vettec products?

on Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:58

Often times Vettec users are not aware that the temperature outside, and the temperature of the Vettec products make a difference!  Our materials are two part poly-urethanes and when they are mixed together, they form a chemical reaction which causes them to heat up and ultimately set.  If the material is too hot or too cold, it will not perform as intended.  We thought it would be helpful to offer some tips on how to make the most of your Vettec products when the weather out there isn't perfect. 

Vettec products are best used between 65° and 85° F (18° to 29° C). Temperature will affect the

Meet the Vettec Rep - Kris Kibbey

on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 18:44

Kris Kibbey is one of our "newer" Vettec reps... meaning that he hasn't been working here for decades... yet!!  We hope you enjoy getting to know him a bit better. 

"Hi there, I'm Kris Kibbey!

I was born in Fairbanks Alaska where I lived for about 10 years before moving to central New York where I became involved in the horse world. During my high school years I spent most of my weekends at horse shows around the Northeast and Midwest showing in AQHA and NRHA events, and in 2001 we had a AQHA world champion. I attended college in Texas studying equine business.

Vettec's Hands on Clinic at IHCS!

on Thu, 01/17/2013 - 19:11

This year, Vettec has decided to do something a little different at the International Hoof Care Summit.  We decided to hold a hands on clinic for farriers at no charge.  We didn't really anticipate the amount of people who wanted to attend this event, and were overwhelmed at the response!  We've already had to start a waiting list as the amount of interest exceeds our man power and space capacity. 

The clinic will start at 10am on Tuesday the 29th and will end at noon.  We will have four different stations that the attendees can participate in.  Two of the stations will focus on using Adhere

SuperFast helps hoof wall grow out after an abscess

on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 23:11

Super Fast is a great product for leveling feet, building heel angles, creating foal extensions, making custom shoes and even for hoof wall repairs.  Super Fast offers the farrier, vet, or horse owner the option of providing hoof protection when wall conditions don't allow for nailing on traditional shoes.  

Recently we heard from a horse owner that used Super Fast to repair a portion of hoof wall that had blown out due to an abscess.  Happily, she sent us before and after photos as well!  We love it when Vettec users do this. :)  Here is what our customer sent us:

"This is a before picture

2MT - Two Minutes With Tab - Under Run Heels

on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 00:25

In this episode of 2MT, Tab Pigg explains how you can spot under run heels on your horses, and what you can do to correct the situation.  Enjoy!

 

 

How many feet will one tube of Sole-Guard cover?

on Fri, 12/21/2012 - 19:19

A common question for us here at Vettec is: "How many feet will one tube of Sole-Guard cover?"  The answer isn't cut and dry, but here is a typical response:

One (180cc) tube of Sole-Guard will typically cover 3-4 average sized feet (00-0).  It varies from horse to horse, depending on the hoof size and depth.  Please note that if you do use the 180cc tube, you will need to purchase a dispensing gun and mixing tips as well.  They are all sold separately, so please make sure you have everything if you decide to order.

 


We hope this helps you determine how much product to purchase, please do

Meet the Vettec Reps! - Lynne Myers

on Fri, 12/21/2012 - 18:21

Vettec would like to introduce you to Lynne Myers.  She is a Vettec tech rep and covers the South Eastern states.  In order to understand Lynne a bit better, we asked her to send us a bio and picutre of herself.  We hope you enjoy learning a bit more about the Vettec team!

"I had recently moved to the southeast from Arizona and was in graduate school when Vettec found me six years ago. My educational background is in Animal Science with emphasis on production, genetics and nutrition. College allowed me to expand on my lifelong passion for horses and cattle.

Meet the Vettec Reps! - Larkin Greene

on Fri, 12/21/2012 - 18:16

If you haven't met Larkin Greene, you will want to take a minute to read his brief bio below.  We hope you enjoy "meeting" our tech reps!

"For those who I haven’t had a chance to meet, I’m Larkin Greene.  I joined the Vettec side of the company in 2001 after thirteen years with our dental division where I held various positions such as Sales Rep, Company Trainer, and Regional Manager.  Prior to working in dental, I managed several ranch supply stores in West Sacramento and Petaluma, California.

Meet the Vettec Reps! - Tab Pigg

on Fri, 12/21/2012 - 18:13

Tab Pigg is a Vettec Rep that covers the states in the middle of the country.  In order to get to know Tab a bit more, we asked him to write the bio below.  Enjoy!

"I'm Tab Pigg. I live in the small town that I was born and raised in. Living in a small town is more than being part of a community it is being part of a family.  Although I enjoy traveling and meeting new people, nowhere else would be home to me.

Ironically, I got into shoeing horses by mistake. I started out wanting to be a blacksmith.

Meet the Vettec Reps! - Frank Dugan

on Fri, 12/21/2012 - 00:22

Do you know Frank Dugan, Vettec's Director of Sales?  If not, why not take a minute to ready a little bit about him! Enjoy. 

"Hi, I’m Frank Dugan.  I’ve been with Vettec since the very beginning!  I am happy to hold the position of Director of Sales. 

I would describe myself as an avid outdoorsman who enjoys canoeing, fishing in Canada and bird hunting.  When I’m home, I enjoy caring for my “children”, my three dogs and two horses!  Even before I came to work for Vettec, my wife and I had horses and I knew a bit about hoof care.

Equine Affaire

on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 19:33

During November 7 through 10th Kris Kibbey represented Vettec and attended Equine Affaire at the Eastern States Exposition center in West Springfield, MA.  This Vettec's second year attending and it was a very busy event. Kris spent most of the time working the booth in the Mallory south building but was able to get away for a bit to listen to a few different lectures and snap a few pictures.  Vettec's booth was across from the same trailer sales group as last year and they had a pink horse trailer! It was very popular throughout the show.

A proper cartridge cut is critical when using Vettec materials

on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 18:58
This is a cartridge cut with nail cutters.  Note how the lack of sharpness in the tool knurled the edges; in effect, it pinched the nipple before it started cutting through it.

At Vettec, we don't want anyone to have a failure with our materials because we know they can work wonders when used properly.  We replaced the Equi-Pak CS cartridge shown here without question because we don't want someone paying for our material and then have it not perform.  This is a cartridge sent in by a customer who had problems with the product mixing and setting...actually it didn't do either very well.  This perfectly illustrates the need for education when using adhesives of any type; you must follow directions.  The tip of the cartridge should be cut clean and level at the scored

Equi-Pak is a great pad material!

on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 00:01
Equi-Pak pad material was applied to Tucker's feet before the ride.

Last Month Lynne Myers attended the USERL Ride in Vass, NC. The evening before the ride, farrier Megan Fullgraf poured the feet of her horse Tucker, with Equi-Pak. Five weeks later Tucker pulled the shoe but the Equi-Pak was still in place! Megan admitted she did not use a heat gun because she was in a hurry, which often times interferes with the bond to the sole and causes the material to fall out.  However, this wasn’t the case with Tucker!

And they're OFF!A picture of the shoe after Tucker pulled it.
Equi-Pak is still in the foot, even after the shoe is pulled.

Great job Megan, and

When using Vettec, Wear Gloves! :)

on Mon, 12/17/2012 - 23:50

From time to time we get phone calls and emails from Vettec users that want to know the best way to remove Vettec materials from places they don't want them to be.  We've had people that have gotten them on their clothes, driveways, client's property, trucks, rubber mats and even their own skin.  The good news is that the materials are not going to hurt anyone if they happen to get some on the outside of their skin.  Some people may have an allergic reaction to the materials, but we have only seen that one or two times in the 15+ years that we've had the products on the market.

The bad news

Would a Vettec Clinic be beneficial to you?

on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 22:02
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Vettec, Adhere, Superfast, Sole-Guard, Clinic, hoofcare, farrier
Vettec, Adhere, Superfast, Sole-Guard, Clinic, hoofcare, farrier

Recently, Kris Kibbey, of Vettec attended a hands on day with the SWOFA (South Western Ohio Farrier Association.)

The day consisted of Vettec product education and a questions and answers forum.  The attendees were shown how to glue on a shoe with Adhere, create a custom shoe with SuperFast and apply Sole-Guard to a barefoot.  After the demonstrations, the attendees were able to use the products themselves to become more familiar with them and to gain valuable practice. With Vettec products, application is critical for success.  

If you think something like this would be useful in your

2MT - Two Minutes With Tab - Hoof Chipping

on Wed, 12/12/2012 - 16:59
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Hi Y'all, 

Hoof wall chipping is a common issue, as you probably know.  Often times it can cause concern to horse owners, but most of the time, there is not much to worry about.  In my latest 2MT video, I discuss hoof chipping, what causes and what you should do when you encounter it.

I hope you enjoy watching! 

Thank Y'all for your time. 

Custom SuperFast Shoe with an Equi-Pak Pad

on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 18:15
We outlined the shoe on a foam board.

A custom shoe made from SuperFast is a quick alternative to metal shoes when a horse cannot tolerate the concussion of nailing, or the wall is not strong enough to hold a nailed on shoe.  Horses with weak, shelly hoof wall often have flat, sensitive soles as well and it can be a real challenge to provide support and relief.  Pain, and the inability to hold feet up for very long complicates matters and requires the farrier to come up with a solution that can be applied in a short time frame.

Do you know the top horse names? Here's a list of 100 of them.

on Wed, 12/05/2012 - 20:04

 

Horse Names

Below is a list of the top horse names.

5 Tips For Keeping Your Horse Warm This Winter

on Fri, 11/30/2012 - 00:41

1. Check for barn drafts and repair any to prevent cold air, rain or snow from migrating in.

2. Bring the horses into the barn at night.

3. Feed them additional hay and make sure that they are getting enough grain.

4. Consider blanketing, especially if they are clipped.

5. Make sure they are getting enough water, often times they will not want to drink cold water if they are chilled, so consider warming it up a bit.

2MT - Two Minutes With Tab - Thin Soles and Your Horse

on Mon, 11/26/2012 - 22:42

Check out Tab Pigg's latest educational video on thin soles! You can read his blog posting HERE, or click on the video below.  Enjoy!

 

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