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.
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…