Getting Ahead With Glue-On Shoes

Good planning and attention to detail will help you master this skill so you can better serve your clients and their horses

Invariably, the time will come when you get a desperate call telling you that Spot has pulled his shoe off — with most of the foot still attached to it. After affirming that the foot is not bleeding and Spot is still walking on it, you can assure the client that Spot is not permanently damaged and can be helped.

At this point, the options are to let the foot grow out, put on a hoof boot, attempt to find somewhere to drive nails safely or to glue on a shoe. I’ve found gluing is the best option for getting a horse back into work as safely and quickly as possible

Unfortunately, some farriers fear gluing on a shoe is beyond their skills, or don’t have the needed equipment. Let’s take a look at the basics of gluing on shoes with a minimum of specialized equipment.

Make A Plan

Planning ahead is necessary because it is essential that you have all the basic materials with you before starting. It is a good idea to practice on a cadaver foot or a practice horse before attempting it for a paying client. You also have to make some choices on materials and methods. There are several options available so the one you choose depends on the situation and personal preference.


Before gluing on a shoe, clean the foot of any mud and debris. Trim the foot as you would normally. Be careful not to over-trim a thin sole. Use a wire brush…

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Red Renchin

Red Renchin is a long-time farrier who calls Mequon, Wis., and Wellington, Fla. home. A native of Minnesota and a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame, he serves as Technical Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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