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3 Areas Of Consideration For Better Use With Adhesives

Focusing on these core areas will deliver improved success when using these materials


Pictured Above: A critical step in foot preparation is drying the foot surface. Using a propane torch is one method for accomplishing this.

In his 30 years of working with adhesives, 20 of those with Vettec, Larkin Greene says there are things that must be considered before using adhesives. First, what are you trying to accomplish? You may be trying to glue-on, repair, correct, support the foot, or a combination of these and other reasons.

Second, are conditions appropriate for using adhesives? How will environmental factors like temperature extremes or wetness affect the outcome?

“Unfortunately, when poor conditions exist, people attempt to use adhesives because there are really not many other options remaining,” he says. “If you have frigid weather, for example, there is a lot more to consider, such as warming materials, surfaces and longer set times.”

Third, do you have familiarity with the materials to be used, and the skills to create the desired outcome? How will you gain the necessary skills without experimenting with client horses and risk looking unprofessional?

Greene addressed that last question during his lecture at the 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit. Unless using adhesives is a common method in a farrier practice, un-familiarity may lead to poor practices and unsuccessful results. This quick guidance by Greene will help build a knowledge base for better use and success when using adhesives.

Farrier Takeaways

Determine your goals and whether using adhesives is the best solution for what the horse presents you.

Consider set time and level…

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Jeremy mcgovern

Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. He has been a member of the American Farriers Journal staff for 7 years and serves as the Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is a member of the board of directors for the American Horse Publications organization of equine media.

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