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Therapeutic Farrier Achieves Hoof-Care Goals Using Pads and Pour-ins

Products can provide frog support, cushion the sole and reduce concussion


Pictured Above: Nick Denson, a farrier in Sagamore, Mass., presented “Shoeing Tips with Castle Pads and Pour-in Urethanes” during a How-to Hoof-Care Product Knowledge Clinic, sponsored by Castle Plastics at the International Hoof-Care Summit in Cinncinati, Ohio.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Soft pour-in products should only be used under pads, whereas the harder material can often be used without a pad.
  • When using adhesives, have the foot as clean and dry as possible.
  • Some performance pads can be used as a cheap, quick and easy hospital plate.

Pads and pour-ins offer farriers a variety of options when servicing hoof-care clients. Nick Denson, a farrier in Sagamore, Mass., works on many therapeutic cases and relies on these products regularly. During the 2020 International Hoof-Care Summit, Denson presented “Shoeing Tips with Castle Pads and Pour-in Urethanes” during a How-to Hoof-Care Product Knowledge Clinic, sponsored by Castle Plastics.

Pour-in Hoof Packing

A two-part polyurethane packing, Castle Plastics Farrier’s Choice Pack-Seal, is Denson’s go-to for providing sole protection and support while cushioning the hoof. The regular (in the blue packaging) is heavier, sets up a little harder and can be used without a pad. Pack-Seal Soft (in the pink packaging), however, should be used with a pad, Denson says.

“If you pack a foot with the soft material, it probably won’t still be there in 24 hours,” he says. “You can use the regular packing under a pad but it will bond to the foot even without a pad.”

Similar to other packing systems on the…

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Heather Smith Thomas

Heather Smith Thomas is a freelance writer based in Salmon, Idaho. She has been writing books and articles for nearly 50 years.

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