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Farriers Can Add Value to their Practice with Adhesive Applications

Acrylic, urethane and polyurethane are among the options available to enhance a hoof-care business


Pictured Above: Webster, N.Y., farrier Esco Buff has used urethane adhesives to make a temporary shoe on a barefooted horse for sole relief, protection and other therapeutic reasons

Farrier Takeaways

  • Acrylic and urethane adhesives can offer farriers more shoeing options, the ability to provide better services to clients and an opportunity to increase business profitability.
  • Preparation is key to success when using adhesives, as well as an awareness of product shelf life, ideal temperatures for storage and usage, and material quantity.
  • Adhesives usage may be above and beyond the typical services a farrier provides, and clients should be charged accordingly.

Acrylic and urethane adhesives can offer farriers more shoeing options, the ability to provide better services to clients and ultimately an opportunity to increase business profitability. Despite these potential benefits, many farriers still shy away from reactive adhesives due to confusion about which product to use and when.

Webster, N.Y., farrier Esco Buff discussed the different adhesive options available to farriers and examples of their appropriate usage, as well as how he charges clients for adhesive applications during a How-To Hoof-Care Product Knowledge Clinic, sponsored by Vettec, at the 2020 International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“Acrylics and urethanes are both products that are very helpful in our industry,” he says. “Both have their time and place. Both are effective. You just have to know the differences.”

Understanding Reactive Adhesives

Adhesives, which are any substance that can stick fast to a surface or object, are generally divided into two categories…

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