Do you fill nail holes as part of your finishing routine? What do you use?

Some apply wood putty that matches the hoof wall. Hemet, Calif., farrier Travis Koons takes a different approach — Plumber’s Putty.

“It’s mostly for aesthetics,” he says. “But I think you might get some degree of moisture prevention when they walk around in the dewy grass. Those nail holes are just collecting water. I think the Plumber’s Putty will at least keep the water from pooling in the old holes.”

What do you use to fill nail holes? Share your tips in the comment section below.

Learn more tips from Koons by reading, “The Reluctant Remedial Shoer,” in the March 2018 issue of American Farriers Journal.