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Prevent Snowballing in Horse Hooves During Winter Season

Vettec Equi-Pak CS Helps Prevent Snowballing in Horse Hooves During Winter Season Pour-in pad provides durable support and protection against thrush in wet conditions OXNARD, CALIF. – DEC. 8, 2015 – As temperatures in parts of the country dip below freezing and weather presents wet conditions, horses become susceptible to snowballing and thrush in their hooves. Tab Pigg, Vettec’s Farrier-at-Large, recommends that farriers and horse owners apply snowball pads or pour-in pad material to horse’s hooves during the cold season to prevent snow becoming impacted in the hoof cavity. Vettec Equi-Pak CS can serve as a snowball pad and its special formula can reduce the likelihood of thrush, which often surfaces during wet seasons. Vettec Equi-Pak CS is a fast-setting, soft, instant pad material. It is infused with copper sulfate to effectively prevent and manage mild and moderate cases of thrush. With proper application, Equi-Pak CS bonds to the bottom of a horse’s foot, eliminating the possibility of snow and bacteria being trapped in the frog. “If a horse’s hoof cavity isn’t protected or filled during the snowy season, there is a risk the horse could become sore and lame,” says Pigg. “When a horse’s hooves are packed with snow […]
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Healing White Line Disease with Solar Support

Using Solar Support to Aid Healing of White Line Disease by Tab Pigg Dampness can Lead to Fungus in the Hoof No matter the season, anytime wet conditions are present, bacteria and fungus can get trapped in a horse’s hoof wall. Similar to human toenails, once fungus and bacteria have set in, it’s very difficult to conquer. This combination of pathogens in the hoof wall is a recipe for White Line Disease. The Anatomy of White Line Disease When looking at the bottom of a horse’s hoof, there is a white line that divides the outside of the hoof wall and the sole. This part of the hoof is also known as stratum internum, which is the innermost part of the hoof wall, and attaches the wall to the underlying soft tissue. When bacteria and fungus get trapped within this area, the white line becomes wider as it separates, thus the name of this condition – White Line Disease. Depending on the severity, the horse can become lame because the infection causes the hoof wall to deteriorate. When a hoof is already unhealthy or compromised in any way, it’s more prone to infection. Once White Line Disease has set in, […]
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Help Horses Hooves – Attend Hands On Workshops with Vettec Reps

Are you interested in gaining some insight on techniques and a hands-on opportunity to apply hoof products? Vettec’s Reps Tab Pigg and Lynne Myers are leading hands-on clinics in Norman, Okla. and Social Circle, Ga. to teach shoeing techniques and options to equine professionals. I invite you to stop by to visit the workshops and share the experience with your viewers. Handbooks and product demos will be available for anyone who attends. Nature Farm Farrier Supply Tab will provide instruction on techniques in correcting angles, creating extensions and restoring distorted hoof capsules. He will also demonstrate how glue on shoes and point out techniques for success. Join Tab at Nature Farm Farrier Supply in Norman, Okla. on August 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Registration is free! Walk-ins are welcome. To register, visit www.vettec.com/vettec-hands-workshop-form Nature Farm Farrier Supply is located at: 3541 National Dr. Norman, OK 73069 For more information, visit www.naturefarmsfarriersupply.com The Hoof House At this hands-on workshop, Lynne will provide instruction on techniques in correcting angles, creating extensions and restoring distorted hoof capsules. She will also demonstrate how to customize boots to fit any foot as a backup for trim only clients. Lynne will provide many options […]
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Help Your Horse Transition To Barefooted Comfortably

Vettec’s Sole-Guard Helps Horses Comfortably Transition to Unshod Fast-Setting Hoof Protectant Provides Durable, Shock Absorbent Support for Pregnant Mares OXNARD, CALIF. – MAR. 18, 2015 – As horses enter breeding season this spring, pregnant mares become less active while bearing extra weight from pregnancy. Tab Pigg, Vettec’s Farrier-at-Large, recommends that farriers and horse owners remove horseshoes during pregnancy and use pour-in pad materials during the time period without shoes. Vettec’s Sole-Guard product helps serve as a transitional material when going from shod to unshod hooves by providing extra support as the hooves acclimate to barefoot. Sole-Guard is a fast-setting, liquid urethane pour-in pad material providing durable support that retains its shape and flexibility indefinitely. It is designed for use without shoes and adheres to the sole sealing out moisture and debris, protecting both the frog and the sole. Sole-Guard stays bonded to the feet for 2-3 weeks when applied properly. “In comparison to humans, pregnancy for horses is like balancing all of a body’s weight on only fingernails.” Pigg adds. “Using a pour-in pad material like Vettec’s Sole-Guard, is a great way to acclimate horses from shod to unshod at any time of the year, but especially during pregnancy.” Sole-Guard […]
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FREE Article and Preview Issue of The Horse’s Hoof Magazine

The Horse’s Hoof Magazine Winter 2014-Issue 53 was released on January 1st! This is just a quick post to make sure that you know about it. The link to log in is right on our main site at thehorseshoof.com (at the top, or on the left bar), or the direct link is:  http://www.wishingwelzequine.com/member/member After you log in, make sure to post on the Go Team Barefoot! Forum, and visit frequently! Also, we’ve got a couple of FREE bonuses for you to share with your friends! This first one is a FREE feature article from this new issue, “Surviving a Coffin Bone Rotation… at 28!” by Jen McGeehan http://thehorseshoof.com/sub_feature.html Next, we have released the entire THH Issue 50 free for everyone to read, it is our new FREE Preview Issue! http://thehorseshoof.com/sub_preview.html This is one of our most requested issues, and includes the 50th Issue Retrospective with 15 famous barefooters, and A Timeline of the Barefoot Movement, and so much more. Please send these links on to anyone that you think might be interested. Happy hooves & “Go Team Barefoot!” Thanks, Yvonne — Yvonne Welz, Editor editor @ thehorseshoof.com The Horse’s Hoof P.O. Box 40 * Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 Phone: 1-877-594-3365 […]
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Horse Hoof Magazine starts a brand new year

The Horse’s Hoof Magazine starts a brand new year and would like you to join them! This new year issue is bigger and better than ever, with the most amazing barefoot stories and articles from all over the world! Several themes seems to run strongly through this issue, including the topics of foundered horses, and equine diet/nutrition. But perhaps the most touching, heart-warming, and inspirational theme is that of the one special horse that changes your life forever — we hear from several authors about their special horse. Current subscribers can simply log in to their account to access their new issue on January 1st, or anytime after that, at your convenience. The link to log in is right on our main site at thehorseshoof.com , or the direct link is: http://www.wishingwelzequine.com/member/member *If you forgot your password, you can look it up yourself with your own email address – right there! All subscribers have access to the NEW Go Team Barefoot! Forum. There is a full barefoot chat forum for subscribers (barefoot trimming, boots, diet, health/lifestyle, success stories, and chat), as well as a public section where subscribers can post ads (for barefoot news, events, services, classified ads, and barefoot […]
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History Timeline of the Equine Barefoot Movement

A Timeline of the Barefoot Movement by Yvonne Welz The PDF file is a summary of some important equine barefoot events that are substantiated TheHorsesHoof.com, written as neutrally as possible. Most of the events listed in the PDF file took place in North America. Horses are not born with metal shoes on their hooves! Are you doing what is best for your horse’s hooves? How healthy are your horse’s feet? Learn more about the Barefoot Movement at TheHorsesHoof.com My tweet (please retweet): Do what is best for your horse! – A Timeline of the Barefoot Movement – #barefoot #horses #equines PlsRT http://ow.ly/n1KJ8  
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