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From traditional steel shoes to modern materials, farriers have a wide range of flexibility when managing the various challenges presented by horses’ feet. Both direct and indirect glue have become increasingly popular tools for many farriers over the years. Before considering glue applications, Wellington, Fla., farrier and Polyflex founder Curtis Burns notes it is essential to answer whether it is an appropriate option.
“The key is when to say no,” he says. “Only one case can put you in a good or bad place. Part of the reason I’m where I am today is because I knew when to say no.”
But saying no is only part of the story. Improper application of the shoe will result in failure. During the 2019 Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners Symposium in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Burns shared measures he takes to achieve successful glue applications.