In the horse world there are “ways to do things”. Some of of these things we do because it is grounded in science and based on research and objective information. Other things we do, maybe even most things, we do because “that’s the way it’s always been done”. This even applies to glue-on shoes. If you ask 10 farriers how to prepare the foot and apply a glue-on shoe, you’ll get 20 different answers.
We live in an era where we have options on how we treat the horse's foot. No one option is right or wrong, good or bad. It is up to the horse's TEAM of Owner, Farrier, Veterinarian, Trainer, etc. to determine what is the best solution to help the horse. We have more choices than ever before. Until recently the only Certification opportunities available to the hoof care provider were in metal or barefoot methods.
How to use glue and composite shoes 101:
- Study the materials and hoof preparation steps
- Gather the necessary materials and tools
- Select the best shoe size for the foot in front of you
- Apply the shoe and glue with attention to detail.
These steps will lead you to success! The shoe will stay on, and your horse will have excellent foot protection.
This is one of those cases that stays with you; that you think about even when you're not with the horse. The initial description from the veterinarian was "Every time the owner picked out her feet she would bleed. When I saw her feet I thought, OH MY". I get called in by veterinarians typically for one of two reasons: either the horse doesn't have enough foot to nail to and they need performance glue work, or like in this case, the horse's feet are significantly distorted with pathology and they need help with rehabilitation.