Vettec's new ULTRA Automatic Dispenser
Submitted by Vettec Hoof Care May 2016

Vettec is proud to introduce the Ultra Dispensing Gun!
The Ultra is an automated gun designed for the application of Vettec products.
With its variable speed settings, applying Vettec materials has never been more efficient or effortless.
The ULTRA Dispenser (# 46922) comes with two long lasting, fast recharging Lithium ion batteries ensuring you won’t be left needing power. 

Order yours today to start enjoying the benefits this gun has to offer, such as: 
- Variable speed
- Automatic operation
- Rapid battery charge
- 2 Long lasting Lithium-ion battery
- Built in light
- Rugged carrying case

Identifying and Managing Quarter Cracks
Submitted by Vettec Hoof Care May 2016

A horse that is at risk of developing a Quarter Crack may have one of the following characteristics:

Long toes:
Heels that lack angles
Crooked coronary band or hairline
Strikes one part of the foot repeatedly
Feet are not flat on the ground
Predisposed to condition because of genetic features such as carpus valgus or varus

Signs that a horse may have a Quarter Crack:
Vertical crack from the ground-up at the widest part of the hoof wall
A crack is bleeding at the hairline
The horse appears lame
Crooked coronary band or hairline 

Managing Quarter Cracks to recovery:
Identify the cause of the crack(s) with a hoof care professional
Limit activity level (riding and exercise)
Trim hooves so the feet are balanced and weight is distributed evenly to reduce stress on the crack
Have a farrier or veterinarian clean and treat the crack to heal
If appropriate, have a farrier apply adhesive to cover the crack

How farriers prevent Quarter Cracks:
Trim the horse’s hooves consistently
Apply pour-in pads to provide support
Utilize pour-in pads to distribute a horse’s weight evenly across the entire hoof bottom

How dry should the foot be for Vettec products?
Submitted by Vettec Hoof Care Feb 2016

Because Vettec products will bond to anything, even moisture, it is critical that moisture levels in the hoof be regulated before application. Since we first introduced our line of adhesive materials, we have instructed that before applying Vettec materials, you must dry the hoof thoroughly.  All hooves contain natural moisture and must be dried for the product to achieve the appropriate bond to the sole. Notice the moisture ring in the top picture to the right, this is the natural moisture that a hoof produces, even if it appears dry. 

So how do you know if the hoof is dry enough for optimal bonding?  We decided to do a little experimenting with a Digital Moisture Meter to find out. A digital moisture meter, pictured in the lower right photo, is a small tool that you can find at most hardware stores. The meter offers accurate moisture level readings for wood, plaster, concrete, drywall and as we discovered, hooves! 

We found that between 5-7% was the optimal moisture level for ideal adhesion, however, anything less than 10% works well. To test the moisture level in the hoof, simply turn the meter on and place the prongs on the sole.  In moments you will get an accurate assessment. If the level is over 10%, continue to use a heat gun or hair blow dryer to dry the hoof.  If you do not have a moisture meter, check to see that there is no moisture ring when the foot is put down.  If there is not a moisture ring on the ground, the foot should be dry enough.

Vettec, Cold, Wet, Weather and Your Horse's Hooves
Submitted by Vettec Hoof Care Dec. 2015

Busy schedules combined with the cold weather, make it harder to squeeze in basic hoof care. While some horse's bodies may slow down hoof growth in these colder months, hoof care is still required to maintain a healthy hoof.
Regular hoof trimming and daily picking out of the feet is a good start. We will also need to consider the changing environment and weather. Rain fall and snow in the coming months will produce soggy terrain in many areas. As most of us know, too much wet can cause hoof problems! Thrush and seedy toe are common troubles during these wet months. Left untreated, these conditions can become painful and debilitating for your horse.

There is good news, however, Vettec can help!  Equi-Pak CS is a poly-urethane material that is infused with copper sulfate. It is an adhesive that bonds to the sole, eliminating the need to pick out the feet daily or apply daily medication. The copper sulfate effectively manages (and prevents!) mild to moderate cases of thrush

Once the materials is set up in the foot, it is insert, so no dirt or debris can migrate up into the sole, and when properly applied, Equi-Pak CS will stay in for the life of the shoe. Equi-Pak CS also works as a pad material to comfort and support the foot. It is the perfect material to consider in order to avoid the headaches wet weather can bring to your horse's hooves.