Understand When to Use Direct and Indirect Glue-On Shoes

Horses with compromised hoof wall and sole benefit the most from the applications

Farriers have a lot of tools in their proverbial toolboxes that help them be as versatile as possible in their hoof-care work. Yet, there’s one tool that’s available to every farrier that’s under-utilized — glue-on shoes.

Just 10% of farriers apply glue-on shoes in their hoof-care practices, according to the American Farriers Journal benchmark study. With so few providing the service, it could be an opportunity to enhance your business.

“The more tools we have in our toolbox as farriers, the more versatile we can be,” Stuart Muir told attendees of the American Farriers Journal webinar “Glue-On Shoeing Application Techniques — Back To Basics.” The webinar was sponsored by Soundhorse Technologies. “I’m always looking for ways to add modern science to my traditional trade. To be a one-dimensional farrier, for want of a better term, in this age and this industry, could be stunting your career.”

Farrier Takeaways

  • Glue-on shoes are not for every situation. They can be used with horses that have poor hoof wall quality, contracted hoof conformation or a lack of sole thickness.
  • Since glue has the potential to seal in bacteria to the hoof wall, it’s important to medicate the feet before the application.
  • Remove all excess glue from the inside of the shoe before it sets up. It’s much easier to remove glue from the outside if it sets up.

By his estimation, Muir applies glue-on shoes about 70% of the time as the resident farrier at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

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Jeff cota 2023

Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the Lead Content Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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