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 helping horses is much more than a paycheck to Tab, knowing he has the ability to improve their quality of life, is what is most important to him.

2 Minutes with Tab Blog

How to Avoid Joint Pain in Horses

Released at - August 30, 2019
Summer is in full swing, and horse owners are taking advantage of the weather with more weekend trail rides. With horses getting many hours of physical activity on the weekends, the sudden stillness during the week can take a toll on their bodies, and result in joint pain. Read More...

Hoof Care Support for Performance Horses

Released at - May 24, 2019
If you are an athlete that competes every week over the course of an entire season – your body and feet would be sore due to excessive training and competing. The same can be said for horses. Read More...

Saddle Up with Pour-in Pads to Prevent and Aid Hoof Care Issues

Released at - May 9, 2019
Like a glove provides extra protection to human hands and fingers, pour-in pads serve as a safeguard for both shod and barefoot horses. Pour-in pads can provide solar support to both prevent and aid common hoof care issues. Read More...

How to Address a Fractured Coffin Bone

Released at - January 10, 2019
The coffin bone, also known as the pedal bone or the distal phalanx, is the bottommost bone within a horse’s leg, similar to the tip of a human finger. Although uncommon, coffin bone injuries are both serious and dangerous as the hoof capsule is shaped around this particular bone. Read More...

Ep. 9, V7 - Two Minutes With Tab - Fitting Shoes

Released at - November 27, 2018
The shape of a horse's foot is dictated by the coffin bone and the top of the foot indicates the shape of the white line.  Watch as Tab Pigg, CJF uses these reference points to determine the necessary fit of the shoe in this video.   Read More...

Treating a Sore Barefoot Horse After Trimming

Released at - October 29, 2018
Horse hooves, similar to human fingernails, need to be trimmed regularly as excessive growth weakens durability and causes them to split, crack, chip or break off. Plus, excessive trimming can be painful and lead to significant complications in everyday activities. Read More...

Ep. 8, V7 - Two Minutes With Tab - Long, Narrow Frogs

Released at - September 14, 2018
Long narrow frogs can cause rotational issues and soft tissue displacement. Watch this clip to see how to manage the toe and heel in order to correct the frog. Read More...

Making the Switch from Shod to Barefoot

Released at - August 30, 2018
The long debate of shod versus barefoot has yet to reign in for horse owners and hoof care professionals alike. However, proponents of either side can agree that the transition from shod to barefoot requires extra steps and precaution. Read More...

Ep. 7, V7 - Two Minutes With Tab - Repairing a Resection

Released at - August 23, 2018
People often ask when it is okay to cover a resection with repair materials. Any time the area is wet or soft, it should not be covered. Read More...

Abscesses in Horse Hooves

Released at - July 17, 2018
Abscesses – most horses will experience them at some point. An abscess is a pocket of moisture or pus that gets tender and sore in a hoof. While these are common in horse hooves, abscesses can be very painful and can cause lameness. Read More...

The Road to Keratoma Recovery

Released at - July 17, 2018
A keratoma is a rare condition that can develop in a horse’s hoof. It’s a benign tumor made of keratin, a fibrous protein, that grows on the coffin bone. Although uncommon, a keratoma can lead to lameness, and sometimes, it may require surgery to remove the tumor if it becomes too big. Read More...

Ep. 6, V7 - Two Minutes With Tab - Protection from Bruising

Released at - July 16, 2018
A flat pad is the best prevention from stone bruising. Using a pour-in pad helps to comfort and support the foot while protecting it from bruising caused by stones or hard ground. Read More...