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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!


Horseshoe Barn Clinic - November 2012

on Tue, 11/20/2012 - 19:12
Vettec, Horseshoe Barn, Clinic, farrier, Larkin Greene

The Horseshoe Barn in Sacramento held their annual complementary clinic with Bob Smith and Mike Wildenstein as clinicians.  The first day Bob conducted a guided dissection that allowed over thirty people to participate in a thorough and systematic dissection of the equine forelimb.  Bob is excellent at connecting anatomical terms to form and function.  A farrier who goes through this challenging exercise is a better farrier on the other side.

A Critical Step For Success with Vettec Products

on Fri, 11/16/2012 - 21:56

At Vettec you hear us talk about the importance of drying moisture out of the foot. When we talk about this it is because we want the material to bond to the foot not the moisture in the foot. This step is critical for success.

Christoph Schork demonstrates Vettec products in Switzerland

on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 22:35
Christoph Schork demonstrates gluing Easyboots on with Adhere.

During his European Hoof Trimming and Hoof Protection Tour, Christoph Schork from Global Endurance Training Center demonstrated proper hoof preparation for gluing Easyboots with Vettec Adhere to the clinic participants in Zuerich, Switzerland. 

A hoofwall crack was fixed with SuperFast and thus prevented from splitting off.  After thoroughly drying, cleaning and roughing up the crack with a Dremel tool, SuperFast was applied. Christoph rasped the material and ensured that the crack was completely sealed. The heel never broke off, the horse was ridden bare.  SuperFast stayed attached till the

Vettec products are not just for horses!

on Fri, 11/09/2012 - 23:36
Superfast, Vettec, Zoo, Giraffe, Larkin Greene

Vettec materials are not just for horses! This female giraffe at the Santa Barbara Zoo needed some lateral support when her foot began to corkscrew and roll under.

San Diego County Farrier's Association Annual Contest and Clinic

on Fri, 11/09/2012 - 23:24
SDCFA, farrier, Vettec, clinic

Each year, The San Diego County Farrier's Association (SDCFA) holds an annual Fall Forging Contest and Clinic. This year the Contest and Clinic included Chris Gregory as Judge/Clinician.

Equi-Pak pad with a Super Fast Shoe - Experience from a Farrier

on Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:06

Recently we posted a blog titled: "Can Equi-Pak be Used on an Unshod Hoof?"  In this blog post, we included two educational videos that outlined ways to use the material without shoes. In response to the blog, we received the following letter from a Vettec user.  We hope you enjoy reading his experience! 

I watched the video in your blog and figured I would write, as Super Fast and Equi-Pak were recently a big help to a sinker case that I worked on.

Vettec uses Equi-Pak and Adhere to Help a Foundered Horse

on Wed, 11/07/2012 - 23:57
Vettec, Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS, Equi-Pak Soft, foundered, hoof care, farrier, horseshoes, Vettec, Frank Dugan

The following case involves a pony who grows foot at an accelerated rate and mechanically foundered due to infrequent trimming.  He lives in soft, damp ground which didn't help the situation.  After initial clean up, pressure rings on the hoof wall show significant growth patterns, and as the toe got longer, the white line became stretched, the sole flattened, and he developed sensitivity in both the frog and sole.  Eventually P3 rotated resulting in vet/farrier intervention.

Vettec Rep attends the Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio

on Wed, 11/07/2012 - 23:28
Vettec Dealer, Ken Davis' Rig at the Quarter Horse Congress

On Saturday October 27th  Vettec rep Kris Kibbey went out to the Quarter Horse Congress to visit with our dealer Ken Davis and sons. They have a trailer that they take out to the Congress every year and are at the show for the duration, which lasts almost the entire month of October. The Quarter Horse Congress was the largest single breed show in the country with almost 17,000 entries and hosting 6,000 horses throughout the length of the show. In addition to the show they have a Congress queen competition, tradeshow in two buildings and a puppy alley where you can buy a puppy.

Sole-Guard Helps an Ouchy Barefoot at an ACTHA Ride

on Wed, 11/07/2012 - 22:35
Linda brings Pnut to the Vettec Booth for help!

Vettec is proud to partner with ACTHA (Amerian Competitve Trail Horse Association). Our techincal reps are able to attend many of their events, were riders are educated on Vettec products, and many of their horses get complimentary Vettec packages applied to their feet. 

Recently, Lynne Myers of Vettec attended an ACTHA event in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  One of the riders, Linda Yopp, brought her mare (Pnut) to the Vettec booth because the horse was ouchy walking on the hard road at the campground.  Linda wanted to Ride her in the ACTHA ride on the beach the following morning.

Frank Dugan Attends a Vettec Clinic in Kansas!

on Tue, 11/06/2012 - 20:34
Pat Burton Working on hooves.

Recently Frank Dugan from Vettec attended a clinic in Kansas featuring Texan clinician Pat Burton. The event was held by the Kansas Farriers Association on Nov. 2-3, 2012.  

Frank reported that Pat spoke about managing compromised feet that might not be able to handle traditional shoeing methods. He used both the Equi Cast system and Vettec products, most notably Equi-Pak Soft, Sole-Guard and Adhere to manage the feet.

Pat used the Adhere to help make the casts stay on longer and also make them easier to apply.

Can Equi-Pak be used on an unshod hoof?

on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 23:56
Can Equi-Pak be used on an unshod foot?

Have you ever wondered if Equi-Pak or Equi-Pak CS be used on an unshod hoof?   At Vettec, we receive this question from time to time, and it's a great question!  The answer is not a definite "Yes" or "No".  Here is how we'd answer:

Equi-Pak was designed for the shod foot, however there are a couple of ways you could use it on a barefoot.  Your options are:

1. You could apply a thin layer of Equi-Pak to the sole to cover the frog and commissures and then apply a layer of Sole-Guard over the Equi-Pak.

Vettec, Cold, Wet, Weather and Your Horse's Hooves

on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 21:56
Vettec, Equi-Pak CS, Thrush, horse hooves, autumn, fall weather, farrier, hoof rot

Daylight Savings is approaching along with colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner, winter will be here soon!  What does that mean for horse enthusiasts?  That this time of year, more than ever, busy schedules combined with the cold weather, make it harder to squeeze in basic hoof care.   While some horse's bodies may slow down hoof growth in these colder months, hoof care is still required to maintain a healthy hoof.  Regular hoof trimming and daily picking out of the feet is a good start. 

We will also need to consider the changing

No One Left Behind

on Tue, 10/23/2012 - 23:23

An old cowboy was riding his trusty horse followed by his faithful dog along an unfamiliar road. The cowboy was enjoying the new scenery, when he suddenly remembered dying, and realized the dog beside him had been dead for years, as had his horse. Confused, he wondered what was happening, and where the trail was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall that looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch topped by a golden letter "H" that glowed in the sunlight.

Standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked

Vettec's Educational DVD and Handbook

on Mon, 10/22/2012 - 22:51
Vettec, Farrier, Superfast, hooves, hoofcare, hoof, blacksmith, horses, horseback riding, trail riding, horse, thrush, hoof care education

Do you have your copy of our FREE educational handbook and DVD?  If not, you should!  These are great tools that explain how Vettec products are used and what packages each product is capable of creating.  Many of the questions you may have about Vettec products are covered in these tools, and the pictures and video clips give a true to life view of how you would use the materials.  Email us today at: and tell us where we should send your FREE educational tools.

Helping a Bow Legged Donkey Become More Comfortable

on Mon, 10/22/2012 - 22:31
Tab Pigg, Vettec, Farrier, Superfast, hooves, hoofcare, hoof, blacksmith, horses, horseback riding, trail riding, horse, 2MT, thrush

Check out Tab's new case study!  That shows how he was able to help a Bow Legged Donkey feel more comfortable.  Click HERE for the blog post.

White Line Disease and Vettec Adhere Repair

on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 22:52
Vettec, Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS, Equi-Pak Soft, foundered, hoof care, farrier, horseshoes, Vettec, laminitis, Seth Parker, hoofwall, white line, adhere

This is a case were farrier, Seth Parker, worked to remedy white line disease using Vettec Adhere material. White line disease is an anaerobic infection that causes separation of the wall and affects the contact zone between the hard outer wall and the middle layer of hoof tissue.   In severe cases, lameness may develop, if left untreated, the result could be a rotated coffin bone.  Due to these facts, Seth knew he needed to act quickly.  Here is what he did:

"These are the front hooves of a Grand Prix Warm blood Jumper as he was presented to me for the first time.

Sil-Pak - Vettec's Silicone Material

on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 21:56
Vettec, Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS, Equi-Pak Soft, foundered, hoof care, farrier, horseshoes, Vettec, Seth Parker, hoofwall, thrush

Sil-Pak is Vettec's only silicone packing material.  It is automatically dispensed under a pad to cushion, seal and protect the equine foot.  It does not bond to the sole like the other Vettec materials do, but it fills the void between a pad and the sole, blocking out any dirt or debris from migrating in under the pad.  It flows as a liquid fill all of the voids of the sole and sets up in about a minute.  Unlike traditional silicone materials that can be found at the hardware store, Sil-Pak is not acid based and will not make the sole cheesy and or smelly while it is in the foot.