Preparation Before Gluing On A Shoe
Whether you are an old hand or a novice, potential problems can derail your best gluing efforts. Here are some of them.
You need complete cooperation from the horse. Depending on the method you choose, the horse may need to stand with its foot raised for at least 5 minutes. If you have a horse that is fractious or nervous, it may be necessary to have it sedated before working on it. DormoSedan is my drug of choice. A veterinarian should administer it intravenously.
Even a quiet horse will sometimes fight to put down its foot. Often horses will allow you to keep their foot up longer if you hold it from the side, rather than between your knees. In the event of a struggle, wrapping the leg with Vetrap will keep you from getting adhesive on the horse’s leg.
Read more about glueing options in the November 2013 edtion of American Farriers Journal.