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[RC] For the Vet Tech pour in pad aficionados - Pvan19

we use the vettec Equipak ( that's what they are called here in France)  pour in pads as well with great succes - with the mesh made for it
no need for the foam pads - just nail shoe on with mesh underneath: http://i3.tinypic.com/118q793.jpg
duck tape the heel to close it off, pour in pad, hold foot up horizontally for 60 secs to ensure pad surface is flat ( be prepared for surrprised horse at first, pad gets warm when it's drying) http://i3.tinypic.com/118qavr.jpg
holds up very well - 6 weeks easily / 250+ km - and conforms perfectly to foot - this is a pic after 6 weeks: http://i3.tinypic.com/118q87o.jpg
do wear thin latex gloves as this stuff dries very very fast on your hands in a black crust which stays on for days hihi
and get some extra spouts, you need one for each foot as equipak dries up inside, and a couple extra just in case..
From: rdcarrie@xxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [RC]   For the Vet Tech pour in pad aficionados ...

Vet Tech actually makes a mesh to be used with the Equibuild.  You buy it by the roll and cut pieces off to be nailed between the shoe and hoof.  It's black, and kinda nylon-y feeling.  Very soft and flexible.  That's what we use.  We only use the mesh when re-shoing/applying the pads right before the ride.  If we have a couple of weeks hoof growth after shoing, then we don't use mesh...we just clean the hoof well and pour the pads in.

The foam...Vet Tech also makes little square foam boards that are sticky on one side...peel off the backing and stick it to the horse's foot, then let them stand on it to form it to the foot, then pick up the foot and squirt the pad material in the back.  This insures a nice uniform surface to the pad, and you can press on the bottom of the foam board to make sure the pad material gets into all the crevices of the hoof.  Then put a piece of duct tape across the back (heel bulb area) of the foot where you were squirting the stuff in so that it doesn't run out, and let the horse stand on the foot for 5-10 minutes while it sets up.  If you don't want to get the "special" foam boards, just get any foam board and put some two-sided tape on it to stick it to the foot.

My husband completed a very rocky 50 this past weekend using the mesh and equibuild in all 4 feet of his Paso Fino, and didn't lose any of the pads.

Dawn Carrie

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From: RISTREE@xxxxxxx
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Fri, 26 May 2006 06:18:30 EDT
Subject: [RC] For the Vet Tech pour in pad aficionados ...

What do you use for mesh when you use mesh?

My first set of these pads didn't last for more than a week or two, and my farrier had used bascically gutter mesh between the hoof and shoe.

Another farrier who uses them regularly (a dressage friend's hubby) suggested the netting you use around roses, as the holes are a little smaller and the mesh is more pliable.

Any thoughts on this one?

This same farrier who uses them fairly regularly suggested using the blue insulation foam board (1/2" tho I've only managed to get 3/4") to ensure the pad pours in evenly.  You have the horse step onto it, the foam compresses and typically sticks to the hoof, and then you have a pouring cast, so to speak.

Happy for any advice/experience and please feel free to email me directly if you prefer not to clog up the list.

--Patti Stedman (Vet Tech newbie)