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Sole-Guard™

What is Sole-Guard™?
Sole-Guard is a fast setting, 30 second, liquid urethane hoof protection material providing a durable, shock absorbent, support that retains its shape and flexibility indefinitely. Sole-Guard is designed for use without shoes and adheres to the sole sealing out moisture and debris, protecting both the frog and the sole. Once removed Sole-Guard will leave the sole in excellent condition.

When should I use Sole-Guard?
Sole-Guard is perfect for providing protection for horses without shoes when riding rough terrain, horses transitioning from shoes to bare feet and for late term broodmares who need that extra support.

How long does it take Sole-Guard to set?
Sole-Guard has an initial set time of 30 seconds with a final cure around 5-6 minutes.

How do I remove Sole-Guard from the foot?
You can remove Sole-Guard from the foot by using a hoof pick, or a pair of pull-offs. As the sole grows and exfoliates, the material will loosen up after several weeks.

Can Sole-Guard be filled to ground level?
Sole-Guard should be filled to ground level but not above that point. If filled above ground level, the horse is likely to "catch" the material at the toe and pull it out.  Most often you will want to fill to the white line.

Does Sole-Guard give off heat as it sets?
Sole-Guard gives off little to no heat while curing. In the summer you will notice a bit of heat but nothing that can harm the sole.

Does the material change shape over time?
No, once set Sole-Guard will retain its shape until you remove it.

How long will Sole-Guard stay in the foot?
It all depends on the conditions you are in and the activity level of your horse. On horses that are used regularly, you should be getting 3 weeks on average out of an application.

Can this be used as a "spare tire" on the trail?
Most definitely.  Sole-Guard can be applied to a foot that has thrown a shoe. Simply brush any dirt from the sole, make sure it is dry and apply.  See the application directions for this technique.

How do you apply Sole-Guard to the sole?
Please refer to the application pages on the web site.  It's fast and easy.

Do I have to use the plastic during application?
The use of the Contouring Plastic makes it very easy to see where the material is being spread and it does not stick to the Sole-Guard material.  In a pinch you can use other flexible materials but they will probably adhere to the material and have to be worn off.

How long do I have to hold up the foot?
Normally only for about one minute.  It will be weight bearing in about 30 seconds but we recommend giving it another 30 seconds or so before you put the foot down.

Adhere™

What is the purpose of Adhere™?
Adhere™ is a multi-purpose hoof wall restorative and adhesive to glue on clipped aluminum, steel, and polyurethane horseshoes. It is formulated to be as close to the natural texture and flexibility of hoof wall as possible. It rasps, nips, nails, and allows clenching, just like the hoof.

What should I use to clean the hoof?
Normally, just rasp, brush, and dry the hoof thoroughly using a heat gun or hair dryer. Note: ONLY IF THE HOOF IS OILY, moisten a cloth with Denatured Alcohol, wipe the area being careful not to saturate, and then dry completely. DO NOT USE ACETONE!

How long does Adhere™ take to set?
Adhere™ has a set and a cure time. The set time is approximately 1 minute and it becomes weight bearing at approximately 3 1/2 to 4 minutes. The cure time from application is a total of 8 minutes.

Can I hot shoe with Adhere™?
No, Adhere™ is a urethane plastic and CANNOT be used for hot shoeing. I notice Adhere™ is now available in both black and beige. Is the any difference other than color?

Superfast™

Is the material safe to use?
Yes, there are no fumes or odors, and the material is nontoxic.

DoesSuper Fastgive off heat?
Yes, but not as much as acrylics. The thicker the application of material, the more heat you generate. On large restorations, apply in layers.

How long does it take to set?
There are two set times. The first is at 2-3 minutes. At this point the material is weight-bearing and the hoof can be put down. The final cure is 12-15 minutes.

Can I nail into it?
Yes, because of the unique urethane properties, Super Fast will nail just like the natural hoof wall.

Will it load up my rasp?
No, the repair will rasp just like the hoof.

Can it be nipped?
Yes, it will trim just like the hoof and it won‘ t be brittle like acrylics.

Does it have to be wrapped to cure?
No, Equi-Thane cures in the presence of air or wrapped.

Do I have to add reinforcing mesh tapes?
No, the material isstrong enough without the need for reinforcing tapes.

What should I use to clean the hoof?
Use denatured alcohol. Hint: For optimum results, use a heat gun or hair dryer to make sure all the solvent in the tubules of the hoof wall are dry.

Can you medicate the material?
We do not medicate the material because we don‘t recommend covering up any site that may become infected. Let the site heal and then repair.

Can Super Fast be used to glue on foal extensions and glue-on shoes?
Absolutely, it works great! Use Equi-Thane Super Fast. No, we don‘t recommend hot-shoeing with Equi-Thane products.

Do I have to use a mix tip?
Yes, this will give you a much better material over hand mixing.

Do I have to use your tips?
Yes, they are designed to mix a urethane where the others are designed to mix acrylics. You‘ll get the equivalent of a hand mix if other tips are used.

Equi-Pak™

Do I have to use a pad with this material?
Equi-Pak can be used with or without a pad.

How do I use it without a pad?
After the shoe is nailed on, scrub the sole with denatured alcohol and DRY thoroughly. Apply Equi-Pak onto the sole, hold the hoof for 30 seconds and release. Note: If wet conditions are expected, tack on a piece of Equi-Mesh as added insurance.

Does Equi-Pak leave a "Cheesy Sole " like silicone?
No, the sole is left in great condition. It pares out beautifully.

Does Equi-Pak absorb shock better than silicone?
Yes. Silicone simply transfers shock up the leg while Equi-Pak displaces it.

Can the material be loaded to ground level?
Yes. After the shoe is nailed on, simply hold a plastic pad over the shoe and dispense the material at the heels, and fill it up to the heels or bulbs. Note: Equi-Pak Hoof Packing will adhere to Foam Boards, leather and rubber pads, as well as some types of polyethylene pads. Cover the pad where the Equi-Pak will contact it.

Will the material change shape after time?
No, once Equi-Pak sets it stays the same shape until removed.

Does Equi-Pak generate any heat?
Yes, a very small amount. Hint: In extremely hot conditions it‘s best to cool the material before dispensing, as it may go off hotter than normal.

Will Equi-Pak bond to itself?
Yes. If you want to add another layer to it and the material is still clean, simply apply over the already set material.

Equi-Build™

What is Equi-Build used for?
Equi-Build is designed to share the load with the hoof wall to promote fast heel, sole and frog growth.

Will it help with contracting heels?
Yes, it will stop heels from contracting, but generally won‘t spread them.

Does Equi-Build help with sand migration?
Yes, it adheres to the sole to seal out all forms of moisture and debris.

Do I need to use the Equi-Mesh?
No, but it can be used for added insurance for wet or rough conditions.

Will Equi-Build help on chronic wall cracks?
Yes, it takes enough of the load off the wall to allow the cracks to grow out.

How long does it take to set?
It takes about 3 minutes to set.

How do I remove the material?
Use your pull-offs to remove the material.

How long do I use this material on the horse?
Generally you‘ll use this for 1 or 2 shoeing cycles, until you get the hoof angle where you want it. From there, your proper trimming will take care of the rest.

How do I place this material in the sole?
There are several methods. Please see the application page on this site for details.

Doesn‘t this put too much pressure on the sole and frog?
No, because the material is self-leveling it fills in all the voids so there are no pressure points, and the foot is completely packed.

Can it be used on foundered or laminitic horses?
Equi-Build has been used very successfully on foundered and laminitic horses.

Sil-Pak™

What is Sil-Pak?
Sil-Pak is a fast setting, high-grade liquid silicone dispensed under an equine pad in order to completely fill all airspace and provide cushion.

How long does it take Sil-Pak to set?
Sil-Pak sets in one minute at between 18°C and 30°C. Warmer temperatures may speed up set time.
Cooler temperatures may slow set time.

Does Sil-Pak bond to the foot?
Sil-Pak does not bond to the foot, and when used with a hospital plate, is removable for treatment.

Will Sil-Pak migrate or come out?
No. Though it does not bond to the foot like Equi-Pak, Sil-Pak flows into every contour of the foot.
This prevents it from moving around and being displaced under the horse’s weight.

Does Sil-Pak get hot?
Sil-Pak generates almost no heat.

Can I use Sil-Pak without a pad?
Sil-Pak is designed for use with a pad or hospital plate since it does not bond to the sole and frog.

How long does Sil-Pak last?
Sil-Pak should last the life of the shoeing cycle, and remains flexible indefinitely.

What effect does Sil-Pak have on the sole and frog?
Sil-Pak leaves a clean, well conditioned sole and frog primarily because it does not contain acids often found in other low grade silicones, such as those found in hardware stores and home centers. When acid based silicones are placed against the sole and frog, the acid does what acids do, break down whatever it comes in contact with.
The result is a cheesy, smelly sole and frog.

Can I use any type of pad with Sil-Pak?
Yes, Sil-Pak can be used with any pad or hospital plate that leaves space between the sole and the pad .

Can Sil-Pak be used on laminitic or founder cases?
Sil-Pak is designed to fill space and provide cushion.
When true support is needed, Equi-Pak and Equi-Build are much better at absorbing and displacing load and vibration. Founder and Laminitis cases should always be treated under the guidance of a qualified farrier and/or equine veterinarian.

Equi-Pak CS™

When should I use Equi Pak CS?
Equi Pak CS can be used on most cases of thrush and at the white line where you have stretching and bacteria present.

Does it set differently than the regular Equi Pak?
Equi Pak CS takes a bit longer to set, 45-60 seconds.
As always, temperature plays a part in set times.
The material will set faster in hotter climates and take longer when it is cold.
Please refer to the application directions for hot and cold weather suggestions.

When should I not use Equi Pak CS?
Do not cover up thrush cases where you have any bleeding or there is the presence of white necrotic tissue.

How do I prepare the sole for application
of Equi Pak CS?
Sole and frog prep should be the same as usual.
Trim and conservatively pare out the sole.
Remove any thrush and bacteria areas with hoof knife and conservatively trim the frog to remove any thrush.
For working horses, the use of Vettec Mesh with the shoe is recommended.

Should I dry the foot before application of EPCS?
Absolutely, you should always dry the foot before application of either the regular Equi Pak or the new Equi Pak CS.

Does Equi-Pak CS provide the same support as the
regular Equi-Pak?
Equi Pak CS sets up a bit softer than the regular Equi Pak but will provide support for thin soled, sensitive feet.


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