If you infrequently use glue, farrier Jeff Newnham says to be aware of the storage date and to make sure you have fresh glue at each application. 

Briefings: November 2021

Keep the Glue Moving in Your Practice

There are many variables that can cause failure when using an adhesive solution in hoof care. British farrier Jeff Newnham says you should keep an eye on the storage date for your preferred adhesive. Newnham encourages farriers to use adhesives as frequently as possible to keep the product fresh.

“Keep that product moving through your business by using it a little at a time,” he says. “It means you will have fresh glue at every application and have consistent results. You don’t have to consider this with nails and shoes, but you do with products like glue.”

He also says storage of glue in a cooler or refrigerator is important for regulation so you don’t have wide variation in its temperature consistently through both sides of the glue.

Newnham gave his thoughts as part of a panel with Wellington, Fla., farrier Curtis Burns and Trumansburg, N.Y., farrier Steve Kraus during the 2021 International Hoof-Care Summit Virtual Clinic session on tips or using adhesives. These sessions are available at AmericanFarriers.com/2021IHCS.

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Farrier Ryan Wensel uses this powder flask for applying copper sulfate.

Brass Flask Does the Trick with Copper Sulfate

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