Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Farriery: glue-on shoeing

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Seth Parker, Jeffrey Newnham

Introduction

  • The huge advancements made over the last 30 years in adhesives has revolutionized the many ways in which some disorders of the equine hoof can be treated.
  • Historically any shoe applied to the hoof relied on sufficient amount of quality hoof wall to attach a shoe using nails. With the range of adhesives now available, it is possible to attach a variety of shoes to even the most damaged hooves.

Uses

  • With conventional 'nailed-on shoes' there is a limit to the trimming and removal of unwanted hoof wall. Where there is the occasion for a remodeling of the hoof capsule, the limiting factor has always been 'can the farrier nail a shoe on after such work?'.
  • The huge benefit of gluing is the degree to which any damaged or weak hoof wall can be removed. This is especially true to the range of 'cuffed' glue-on shoes where any damaged hoof wall can be removed and void between the cuff and the remaining hoof wall can be filled with adhesive at the same time as the shoe is applied.

Advantages

  • In the majority of cases a deformed foot can be trimmed to a more desirable shape.
  • One reason for misshapen feet is in no small part due to the necessity of shaping the shoe to the (distorted) shape of the foot to enable safe nailing. Gluing shoes, as opposed to nailing, removes this necessity.

Disadvantages

  • Knowledge of adhesives is required.
  • The extensive range of glue-on shoes now available makes it sometimes confusing in selecting the most appropriate.

Requirements

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Procedure

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