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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.
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…