If you are looking for an up-to-date alternative to metal horseshoes, this might be your answer. Polyurethane glue on shoes absorb concussion, offer excellent traction, flex in all directions with the foot, and expand throughout the growth cycle like metal shoes cannot.
Glue on Easyshoes are manufactured with metal support structure inside the shoe, called a nailing plate, or without. Some horses do better with the rigidity of the nailing plate and some horses prefer a fully flexible shoe that is all polyurethane. Shoes with the integrated nailing plate can be nailed on if required, but full polyurethane version can only be glued.
1. The most important part of the entire process is what happens before the appointment time. It is absolutely critical that the horse be kept in a dry, clean area for at least a few hours before the appointment. The best situation is overnight with an appointment first thing in the morning. A dry stall with shavings or a limestone paddock or sand are perfect for this. It is very important that there is no excess moisture in the hooves.
2. When I arrive for the appointment, the first thing I will do is trim the feet normally.
3. After trimming I use a heat gun on a medium setting to finish drying any remaining moisture from the soles and walls.
4. Next we need to thoroughly sweep the area to remove all hoof shavings and excess dust or dirt..
5. I will then lay out all of the gluing materials and make sure one last time that the feet are thoroughly dry.
6. We are ready to glue! I will glue a shoe on the foot and then lift up the opposing foot to apply extra weight to ensure the shoe is completely flat. It takes about 2 minutes for the glue to set before we can move on to the next foot and repeat the gluing procedure.
7. After the shoes are glued on and the glue is completely set, I will buff and remove any excess glue, round up the toes of the shoes for breakover and the horse will be ready to go back to the stall or paddock.
For the next 24 hours it will be important to keep the horse fairly quiet by confining to a stall or paddock. If the horse is to be worked, you should wait at least 24 hours to ensure that the glue is fully set. After that 24 hours the horse is able to do anything you wish. Trail riding in the mud and water is no problem. Once the glue is fully set, moisture has no effect on the shoeing.
Composite shoeing is excellent for chronic lameness cases. Navicular syndrome or disease horses, and pedal osteitis cases get considerable relief from these shoes. Polyurethane shoes are also excellent for horses who are ridden on asphalt. They offer Superior traction, similar to wearing an athletic shoe, and they absorb more concussion than going barefoot or wearing metal horse shoes.
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