Lateral Extension Idea for a Sound Horse Series 1

Creative approach to add lateral extension provides further therapeutic use for indirect glue solution.

Pictured Above: This image shows the shoe and extension on the horse. Although not shown in this image, an additional step that benefits the horse is filling the extension on the top with glue and shaping toward the shoe. This gives more stability and helps prevent a lost shoe should the horse step on it. This step can be done after applying the extension to the shoe or after the appliance is glued to the horse

Manufacturers provide farriers with a solution for many of the challenges horses present us. And while a product is suitable for one problem, it may be ineffective or detrimental when applied as a solution for another.

There are a number of factors that limit a product’s use, and we shouldn’t be critical of the manufacturer without understanding these. However, problem-solving and creativity are traits required of us as farriers. By applying our skill set, we often can modify products to address a horse’s needs.

Gluing in My Practice

Among various products I use, I find the SoundHorse Technologies Series I is a great shoe for therapeutic purposes. I’m not affiliated with or paid by SoundHorse. It is one of the many products and solutions I use in my practice.

The cuff on the shoe combined with the correct adhesive creates a strong bond that, if applied correctly, should not have any issues with shoes coming off.

I nail on more shoes than I glue. However, I estimate that 30% of the horses in my…

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Daniel Watson

Daniel Watson is a farrier in Middleburg, Va. After beginning his career in Tennessee, he worked at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Podiatry Department in Blacksburg, Va.

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