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SuperFast Shoe on a Racehorse!

on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 23:24
Vettec, Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS, Equi-Pak Soft, sole, hoof care, farrier, horseshoes, Vettec, laminitis, hoofcare, hoofwall, superfast, racehorse, race horse

Have you ever heard this one before: "The horse has no wall to nail to and sensitivity to concussion."  Vettec Rep, Larkin Greene heard it recently at the Santa Anita Race track where he ran into a thoroughbred race horse that had those exact issues.  In order to race, and be comfortable, the horse needed SOMETHING.  Fortunately SuperFast came to the rescue.  A custom shoe was built, and the horse was given permission to race with it on!  Great job Larkin. 

 

Going on a Trail Ride? You Need Equi-Pak!

on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 23:15
Vettec, Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS, Equi-Pak Soft, foundered, hoof care, farrier, horseshoes, Vettec, laminitis, Seth Parker, Sinker, Veterinarian, hoofcare, farrier, hoofwall

Are you planning a trail ride in the near future?  You need Equi-Pak!  Why? Here are three good reasons: 

1. It sets in 30 seconds

2. You can ride on it after 30 minutes

3. It's impervious to rocks

What more could you ask for?  Check out more benefits to using Equi-Pak here.

Episode 3 - Two Minutes With Tab - Thrush in the Equine Hoof

on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 16:45
2 minutes with Tab, 2mt, tab pigg, hoof care, hoof care products, hoof repair, vettec, thrush

Check out the new 2MT video! Tab discusses thrush, how it can be treated and how it arises. 

Sole-Guard - how can it be used?

on Wed, 10/03/2012 - 18:51
Vettec, Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS, Equi-Pak Soft, foundered, sole, hoof care, farrier, horseshoes, Vettec, laminitis, broodmare, foal, Veterinarian, hoofcare, farrier, hoofwall, Sole-Guard, barefoot, unshod

Have you used Sole-Guard?  Whether your answer is "Yes" or "No" you may be surprised at some of the interesting facts about this product.   

The reason for Sole-Guard was to fill the need for a product that would adhere to, protect and support the unshod foot.  Our existing pad materials at the time, Equi-Pak and Equi-Pak CS would adhere to the sole of a barefoot, however, they were too soft to hold up on a foot without the shoe to keep them in place.

Thank You for Checking out 2MT!

on Tue, 09/25/2012 - 22:58
Tab Pigg, 2MT, hoof care, farrier, video, instructions, horse, hooves, horse health, hoof, hoof care

Howdy,

Thank you for taking the time to check out Vettec’s new project, “2 Minutes With Tab” (or 2MT for short!).

Our goal with 2MT is to share some of the hoof care knowledge I have gained over the last 3 decades shoeing horses.  As you know, the equine hoof is a very complicated structure.  After all my time in this field, I am still learning new things about hooves!  Education for a farrier never ends. 

I’ve had the opportunity to work all types of horses, from everyday ranch horses to athletic event horses.

Introducing a video series ‘2 Minutes with Tab’ focused on hoof health and common hoof ailments

on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 23:00
Tab Pigg, 2MT, hoof care, farrier, video, instructions, horse, hooves, horse health, hoof, hoof care

Tab Pigg began his career shoeing horses in 1983. As a Certified Journeyman Farrier, he has shod all types of horses from everyday ranch horses, to athletic event horses. He’s worked on countless therapeutic cases, gaining valuable experience and increasing his knowledge of hoof care with each case.

Tab held various positions in the Texas Professional Farriers Association and became their president in 2000. He served as an AFA examiner for 16 years and has competed in many forging and shoeing competitions. Tab has worked for Vettec as a technical specialist for the last 8 years.

Shoeing and

Hoof Repair on a Paint Mare with Adhere.

on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 22:02
hoof care, Vettec, farrier, Adhere, glue on shoes, adhesive, Equi-Pak, Sole-Guard, Equi-Pak CS, Sil-Pak, Superfast, Adhere, trail ride, horse, hooves, equine, thrush, sole, protect, support, comfort, Marc Setzer, lame

Adhere is a fast setting urethane adhesive designed to bond to steel, aluminum and urethanes shoes.  But it isn't only used to glue on shoes.  Adhere is a great way to repair hoof wall if it is chipped, cracked, torn, or otherwise in need of fixing.  Adhere  sets up hard, with a good bond, but it retains flexiblity so that it moves with the foot.  It is also flexible enough to drive a nail into it, even after it sets.  

Recently a farrier in Ohio worked on a case that called for Adhere.  He was kind enough to send us his repair pictures.

SuperFast Repair / Correction on a Mini Horse with Limb Deviation

on Thu, 09/13/2012 - 19:17
mini horse, vettec, farrier, superfast, toe, hoofwall, hoof care, hoof repair, repair material, equi-thane, foam boards

This mini horse has a limb deviation so common to minis.  She has adapted and can move with surprising speed when she wants to but the cost is abnormal wear and tear to her hoof capsule.  The medial wall rolls under, the lateral wall is compressed and flares outward, while the toe simply wears off until it becomes painful.  Our goal is not to fix anything because it is beyond fixing.  However we can provide wear protection, additional weight bearing surface, and support for the crooked limb without binding her joints.  SuperFast is a great choice because the application can be done in mere

Which Pad Material Will Work Best for You?

on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 21:58
Vettec, Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS, Equi-Pak Soft, foundered, sole, hoof care, farrier, horseshoes, Vettec, laminitis, broodmare, foal, Veterinarian, hoofcare, farrier, hoofwall

Are you wondering which Vettec instant pad material is right for you?  You might consider checking out our "Compare Products" page where you can see a break down of each material and what it's ideal use is. 

Until you have a chance to do that, let's take a look at our sole packing materials to help you determine which one will help you save those soles! 

Sole-Guard:

- Sole-Guard provides fast and effective sole protection and support for the unshod foot,

- Sets firm to protect, but retains flexibility to move with the natural foot,

- Provides protection when transitioning from shod to

Overfeeding Affects More Than Just Humans

on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 22:23
Vettec, Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS, Equi-Pak Soft, foundered, hoof care, farrier, horseshoes, Vettec, laminitis, broodmare, foal, Veterinarian, hoofcare, farrier, hoofwall, nutrition

Have you ever seen the effects of overfeeding pregnant mares?  Did you know that overfeeding affects not only the broodmare, but her foal as well?  

Food and feeding often times are influenced by human emotions.  We want our pets to be happy, to feel special, to enjoy a treat.  We may think a certain type of feed is great so we give it to our horses without realizing the contents.  We may even give our horses supplements that are not needed.  But learning what effects overfeeding can lead to, particularly in a pregnant mare and her developing foal, may help us avoid giving them too much. 

Equi-Pak CS endures 100 mi Endurance ride beautifully!

on Fri, 08/31/2012 - 23:23
Vettec, Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS, Equi-Pak Soft, foundered, hoof care, farrier, horseshoes, Vettec, laminitis, Seth Parker, Sinker, Veterinarian, hoofcare, farrier, hoofwall

Have you heard of the Virginia City Nevada Desert 100 Mile Endurance Ride?? This is a photo of a Equi-Pak CS pad that was applied by Steve Elliott to a horse in preparation for the Virginia City Nevada Desert 100 mile endurance ride.  The owner of the horse, Nicole Shappell, had her Fresian-Arab, MR. G, shod one week before the event. This is also when Steve Elliott applied the Equi-Pak CS.  According to Steve, the ride in Virginia City is a much rockier terrain and hard pan than Tevis.  Apparently only a select few of the toughest horses and riders attempt this ride!  It looks like Equi-Pak

Equi-Pak|CS and Equi-Pak|Soft fill on a foundered horse

on Wed, 08/29/2012 - 17:39
Vettec, Equi-Pak, Equi-Pak CS, Equi-Pak Soft, foundered, hoof care, farrier, horseshoes, Vettec, Frank Dugan

Have you seen any hoofcare packages that involve more than one of Vettec's products?  This is a great example of this kind of application. 

This is a photo of a mare belonging to Frank Dugan, Vettec’s National Sales Manager.  She foundered, is a chronic, and was thin in the sole at the toe.  However, she needed support in the caudal region of the foot.  So Frank and his farrier used Equi-PakICS in the heel region and filled the toe region with Equi-Pak|Soft.

The reason they applied Equi-Pak|Soft to the toe region was to prevent dirt, stones and debris from getting packed up underneath the

The Benefits of using Adhere

on Mon, 08/27/2012 - 20:42
hoof care, Vettec, farrier, Adhere, glue on shoes, adhesive, Equi-Pak, Sole-Guard, Equi-Pak CS, Sil-Pak, Superfast, Adhere, trail ride, horse, hooves, equine, thrush, sole, protect, support, comfort, Marc Setzer, lame

One of the materials that Vettec manufactures is Adhere.  This product is a fast-setting urethane adhesive designed to bond steel, aluminum and urethane shoes to the hoof and to fabricate large and small hoof wall repairs.

It can be used as an adhesive for gluing on shoes, but is also great for hoof wall repairs.  Adhere sets firm but retains flexibility so that it moves with the natural movement of the hoofwall.    Recently, we had a farrier, Marc Setzer, contact us about Adhere.  He was familiar many of our products already, but hadn't had much experience with Adhere.   We decided to get

A Day at Canada Larga Ranch

on Fri, 08/24/2012 - 21:01
hoof care, hoof wall, farrier, trimming, barefoot, white line disease, under run heels, Vettec, ranch, horses horse trail, pasture, barn, equestrian, endurance ride, Tevis

Just moments from the beach and downtown Ventura is a beautiful, 3,500 acre equestrian wonderland called Canada Larga Ranch.  The ranch has four barns, a 20x30 pipe corral, paddocks and wild pasture.  The horses live a dreamy life here.  The terrain is stunning; the ranch is surrounded by rolling hills dotted with wildflowers, and grassy pastures, ideal for their horses to roam in.   Wildlife at and around the ranch include: rabbits, hawks, road runners, blue jays, snakes, coyotes and more .  If you haven't seen the property, you should consider visiting soon.

A few of the Vettec Crew were

Equi-Build - what can it do for you?

on Fri, 08/24/2012 - 16:10
Equi-Build, Vettec, Farrier, foam board, horse, trail ride, endurance ride, hoofcare, hoof

 

Equi-Build is an extremely durable pour in pad that is great for anything from casual trail riding to hard core endurance events.  This beautiful cupped finish isn't an accident and is easily achieved.  After placing the foam board, filling with Equi-Build, and taping the heels with duct tape, set the foot down on a small pile of sand and let the horse stand on it for 5 minutes (hold up another foot if necessary).  After 10 minutes start at the heel and carefully peel off the foam board to reveal this excellent protection that will give your horse confidence over the rockiest trail.

Success Using Vettec Materials

on Tue, 08/21/2012 - 16:13
Vettec, Tevis Cup, Larkin Greene, Frank Dugan, hoof care, farrier, Equi-Pak CS, hoof pad, horse, endurance ride, trail ride

Vettec is fortunate to have customers that love our hoof care materials so much, they report their success stories to us. A perfect example of such a customer is farrier, Steve Elliott.  Steve has a hoof care business in Central California and has worked on several interesting cases.  He is great about documenting his work with photos and write ups.  

He has used many Vettec products over the years.  Equi-PakICS and Sole-Guard  are used for trail riding, endurance rides and therapeutic applications.  He used Equi-Pak|CS in his horse's hooves during the Tevis Cup endurance ride this year and

Vettec Teams Up with ACTHA

on Thu, 08/16/2012 - 17:30
hoof care, ACTHA, Vettec, farrier, Equi-Pak, Sole-Guard, Equi-Pak CS, Sil-Pak, Superfast, Adhere, trail ride, horse, hooves, equine, thrush, sole, protect, support, comfort

For the past 17 years, Vettec has been dedicated to providing quality products that allow hoof care professionals to promote heel and sole growth, eliminate thrush, protect and support the equine foot.  It should comes as no surprise that Vettec chooses equine enthusiasts when hiring employees, especially field reps.  

Recently, one such rep, Lynne Myers, began a relationship with an outstanding foundation called ACTHA (American Competitive Trail Horse Association).  ACTHA organizes trail rides throughout the United States, and enables other interested parties to host rides as well through

Second day of Tevis Cup 2012 - Vettec Hoof Care

on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 18:59
Tevis Cup, horse riding, endurance race, Vettec, Robie Park, farrier, hoof care, horse, Foresthill, Vet-check, instant pad materials

The 2nd day of Tevis Cup 2012 was the day everyone had been waiting for, time to RACE!  Riders arrived the start of the race, Robie Park, anywhere from one week to  one day prior to the start of the race.   5am on Saturday, Aug. 4th was the start of the race. Riders would have to complete the race (100 miles in 24 hours) by 5am Sunday morning in order to finish the event.  The riders started in the dark, and ended in the dark!  But when the sun came up, the weather was clear and hot.  It ranged from the mid 80's to mid 90's throughout day light hours.  

After the race began, support crews

First Day of Tevis Cup 2012 - Vettec Hoof Care

on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 19:03
Vettec, Tevis Cup, Larkin Greene, Frank Dugan, hoof care, farrier

Tevis Cup 2012 was a wonderful event. Larkin Greene, Frank Dugan, and Frank Rovelli of Vettec attended, they set  up a booth space and socialized with riders on Friday during the Vet In and Vendor Day.  

Later in the day, Larkin and Frank Dugan were able to provide hoofcare to many riders and their horses by applying Vettec packages to the horses feet.  Several riders were using Easy Boots or Renegade Boots, which our guys glued on with Adhere.     In the past, Sole-Guard was used mainly as an instant pad, and a layer of protection for a barefoot horse.  But Sole-Guard isn't only for the

Roswell, New Mexico with Sole-Guard

on Mon, 07/16/2012 - 22:32
Greetings from Roswell, NM
Sole-Guard from-the-field in Roswell, NM

Temp: 98 degrees
Wind: 35+ mph and blowing rocks
Job: Shoe 10 horses and pour soles with Sole-Guard

At Vettec, we take both the horse and the hoof care professional into consideration. Sole-Guard gives long lasting protection and support in the roughest country while the fast setting formulation delivered in our convenient 180cc cartridge allows you to complete the entire job quickly and correctly.

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