Expert Advice For Gluing On Shoes

Panel members take the mystery out of the process

QUESTION AND ANSWER TIME. Attendees at the International Hoof-Care Summit gather round the presenters’ table to ask more questions following a panel presentation on glue-on shoes. Panelists in the photo include Frank Dugan of Vettec, far left in the blue-and-yellow striped shirt and Bill Kirkpatrick, general manager of Sound Horse Technologies is at Dugan’s right.

More and more, having the ability to glue on horseshoes helps a farrier earn more money, serve more clients and help more horses. But inexperienced farriers who find themselves in a situation where a glue-on might be a solution may be hesitant about trying the technology.

But there’s no reason to think you can’t master this skill. That was the overriding message from a panel of glue-on experts who offered advice on the topic during the 2006 International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio. Here’s a look at what these experts had to say.

Dr. Steve  O’Grady, Representing Equilox, Int.

Stephen O’Grady, a farrier and equine veterinarian from Marshall, Va., has kept records on more than 2,000 of the horses he has glued shoes on. Of those, only six have lost shoes within a four-week period. He believes that gives credibility to the procedure he uses.

“Glue-on shoes are just another option for the hoof-care professional,” he says.

He says learning to use glue-on shoes can enable you to help horses suffering from certain kinds of lameness to walk out of your shop within an hour’s time. Situations in which glue-on shoes are indicated as

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