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

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...

Preventing Sole Bruising on Hard Ground Surfaces

Released at - June 12, 2018
Hard, uneven ground can pose a problem for horses’ hooves – whether it be rock, gravel or even packed dirt. One problem in particular is sole bruising, which can occur any time a horse’s feet comes in contact with tough surfaces. Read More...

Preventing Sole Bruising on Hard Ground Surfaces

Released at - June 12, 2018
Hard, uneven ground can pose a problem for horses’ hooves – whether it be rock, gravel or even packed dirt. One problem in particular is sole bruising, which can occur any time a horse’s feet comes in contact with tough surfaces. Read More...

How Diet Affects Hoof Health

Released at - March 23, 2018
Nutrition impacts a horse’s entire body, from its mane all the way down to its hooves. When a horse owner gives feed to their horse, they are providing the horse with amino acids that are essential to keeping hooves strong and healthy. Read More...

How to Manage Superficial Hoof Wall Cracks with Pour-in Pad Materials

Released at - February 24, 2018
Superficial hoof wall cracks are small cracks in the hoof wall, or microcracks – a little larger than the size of a hair. Read More...

How to Identify and Manage Contracted Heels

Released at - January 31, 2018
If a horse experiences sore heels, it can be hard for the horse to stand comfortably without pain and can lead the horse to develop worse conditions. Read More...

Episode 4, V7 - Two Minutes With Tab - Contracted Heels

Released at - January 16, 2018
When heels are left too long on a horse, the back of the foot can become sore, resulting in contracted heels. Read More...

Episode 3, V7 - Two Minutes With Tab - Engaging the Frog

Released at - December 16, 2017
The way I choose to keep the frog engaged with the ground is by pouring a 1/2 pad. Applying a pour-in pad in the heel of the hoof helps to keep the frog engaged with the ground while keeping the toe open for traction.  Watch to see how to create this package on the hoof.  Read More...

Episode 2, V7 - Two Minutes With Tab - Corns

Released at - November 21, 2017
There are two potential causes of corns. For shod horses, the condition occurs when the foot grows over the shoe where the sole, white line and heel come together in the hoof. Corns can also develop in the feet of horses when the coffin bone pushes down on the sole. Read More...

Identifying and Treating Corns on a Horse

Released at - November 4, 2017
Proper hoof care is essential to a horse’s well-being. Without regular hoof maintenance, horses can develop conditions in their feet that cause discomfort and can require costly treatment. Read More...