Red’s Cart Holds The Glue Together

Wisconsin farrier’s handy innovation keeps everything needed for glue-ons in one spot

When glue-on shoes became a regular part of his shoeing business, it didn’t take Red Renchin long to decide they needed a home of their own.

“To use them right, you need a lot of certain types of equipment,” says the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame member from Mequon, Wis. “I’d find myself running back to the truck for a heat gun or a new tube of glue. I wanted something where I could keep everything I need.” The result was Renchin’s glue-on cart.

It isn’t exactly a high-tech development. It’s a simple, 4-drawer aluminum cart, mounted on wheels that Renchin had built by Stone Well Bodies & Equipment of Genoa, N.Y. Renchin and his shoeing crews can roll it out of a shoeing rig and right up to the place where they’ll be gluing shoes onto a horse. Everything they need for the job will be right at hand. Each of the four drawers holds what’s needed for one part of the job.

Top Drawer: Prep. This drawer contains everything needed for preparing for the job. It holds gloves, tongue depressors (for mixing and dabbing on the glue), scissors, shrink wrap, small paper cups (for mixing the glue) and Play Doh, which Renchin sometimes uses as hoof packing.

Second Drawer: Glue Guns And Glue. This drawer holds the guns and tubes of Equilox adhesive that Renchin favors.

Third Drawer: Other Materials. Renchin uses the third drawer to hold tubes of Equi-Pak instant pad material and tips for applying it…

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Pat tearney

Pat Tearney

Pat Tearney is a long-term newspaper and magazine veteran writer and editor. Before retiring, he served for a number of years on the American Farriers Journal staff and continues to share his writing talents with our readers.

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