3 Methods for Patching Hoof Wall

New York farrier details his successful strategies for repairing voids

The hoof capsule is a remarkable structure. It’s designed to absorb and dissipate energy, among many other tasks. When there’s a void or the hoof capsule is not working properly, its ability to function correctly is compromised.

Farrier Takeaways

  • A well balanced foot is critical to dissipating energy in a healthy and a patched hoof capsule.
  • If there is any question about whether the foot will react poorly to a patch, it’s best to consult a veterinarian first.
  • Protect the coronary band by wrapping it with plastic wrap. Acrylic will bond quickly to it and irritate the skin.
  • Using Play-Doh as a dam will ensure that acrylic will not cover the areas that you will need to drive your nails.

Smithtown, N.Y., father and son farrier team Gary and Jesse Werner dedicate much of their hoof-care practice toward repairing compromised hoof wall with the use of acrylics.

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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 editor of American Farriers Journal.

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