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

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...

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...