February 21, 2018

Four Tips to Make a Vettec Pour-in Pad Last

Vettec pour-in pad materials are designed to stay in for a traditional shoeing cycle, which is typically about four to six weeks. However, pads may fail or fall out earlier than intended if hooves are not properly prepared. The most important thing to remember when applying Vettec pour-in pad materials is that they bond best to a dry surface. In order to help the materials stay in as long as possible, consider these tips when applying pour-in pad materials:

Tip #1 – Put a horse up the night before pour-in pad application
Especially in a wet environment or during a wet time of year, horse owners can put their horse in its stall overnight to ensure the hooves are dry enough in the morning before a farrier applies pour-in pads. The shavings in the stall help dry out the horse’s hooves naturally.

Tip #2 – Apply heat to the hoof immediately before application
Using a heat gun is key to ensure the material will stick. With the pour-in pad material ready, apply heat to a horse’s hoof immediately before application to completely dry it out and eliminate any chance of a moisture barrier between the hoof and pour-in pad.

Tip #3 – Use mesh over the hoof
Before applying pour-in pads to the hoof, hoof care professionals can add a layer of mesh over the hoof and nail it on with the shoe. This helps to keep the pour-in pad material in place.

Tip #4 – Use a foam board on the hoof when applying pour-in pad materials
Foam boards are a simple way to help increase the life of pour-in pads because they ensure the material is applied perfectly flat and aligned with the hoof wall. Hoof care professionals can apply a foam board when they pour Vettec material into the hoof cavity. Once the material is dry and set, the foam board will peel right off.

To learn more about preparing hooves before applying pour-in pads, watch the 2MT video here.