Despite the advancements in today’s adhesives, acrylics and other types of materials that can be used to build up and repair damaged feet, there are still a wide variety of other options out there that can help fill a farrier’s specific needs.
“Glue-on applications such as cuffs may be a bit more expensive, more time-consuming to apply and may take a little more technical expertise to apply, but it’s still the most secure way to put on a glue-on shoe,” says Joe Trhlik, the former Chicago-area racetrack farrier who recently moved to Rio Verde, Ariz., “I’m an absolute fan of them.”
The following takes an up-close look at some of the most tried-and-true glue-on products that are currently on the market.
The Sigafoos Series horseshoes, from Sound Horse Technologies in Unionville, Pa., are glue-on horseshoes that have over 10 years of proven success in getting sore-footed horses back to work fast. These shoes incorporate a 1/4-inch thick, concaved rim pad to reduce concussive shock effects on the hoof and lower leg. These products can be used on horses with thin, cracked, brittle or shelly hooves and those exhibiting a sensitivity to nails.
“These Sigafoos Series shoes have been successfully used by the most competitive of horses in world-class events in every discipline,” says Bill Kirkpatrick, general manager of Sound Horse Technologies. “The Sigafoos Series I shoe is a conventional open-ended forged aluminum shoe and it comes in several varieties and works…