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    05-19-2013, 09:25 PM
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Glue on horse shoes

Does anyone have experience with glue on shoes?
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    05-19-2013, 09:30 PM
My friend use to use them as they where cheap and easy to use. However they did not last. She started to ride more then what the shoes could handle. Most of them can only handle light work on soft arena. They would also come off sometimes when she went into water. The only reason why she used them was her mare would get bad infections all the time from the nails. I know they do better in dryer areas. However it does depend on the farrier that puts them on. Now she uses hoof boots.
    05-19-2013, 09:40 PM
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My horse uses an aluminum wedge but his feet have crumbled apart this year (It happened last year as well). He lost a shoe tonight, my farrier came out and said there is nothing left to nail a shoe to so they are going to come out sometime this week and glue a shoe on. My horse can't go barefoot without being lame... :(
    05-19-2013, 10:16 PM
Have you considered hoof boots?
    05-19-2013, 10:19 PM
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They can't wear hoof boots all the time. I'd love to let him go barefoot for a while but he'll get sore. His feet looked so awesome all winter but every year the summer comes and the hoofs crumble.

I have not seen these glue-on shoes yet but he described them to me, said they are metal but not as thick as his wedges and the have this lip that glues onto the outside of the hoof?
    05-19-2013, 10:20 PM
It really depends on the type of glue on shoe you want. I've only ever had experience with sigafoos and they're fabulous, but pricey. We used the Elite Flat (Elite Flat Glue On Horseshoes by Sound Horse Technologies). You had to be careful about turning the horse out in muddy/wet conditions, but otherwise they held up really well and really made a difference to the horse that needed them. His feet were atrocious and he could not hold a regular horse shoe. He competed through Advanced level eventing with them.

ETA: He also got equipac though which definitely affected the price, now that I think about it. I don't know what the shoes cost was individually, but to get him shod total it was around $250-$300. Our farrier is also the USET farrier which bumped the price up, I'm sure.
    05-19-2013, 10:21 PM
Let us know how it goes. Any idea why his hoof crumbles?
    05-19-2013, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
Let us know how it goes. Any idea why his hoof crumbles?
I'm not sure. He's on hoof supplements and I keep them clean but my paddock can get really wet sometimes and I have a feeling that has something to do with it. My farrier said that because he's in an aluminum shoe, that is part of it as well because aluminum will hold the moisture. He will also over reach and step on the back of the shoe and pull it off, which is why he lives in bell boots but those dang things only last about a month and then he rips them. I just ordered 5 sets for back up.

All of my other horses have great hoofs. Rarely even chip. Last summer I dealt with abscess after abscess with this guy but since I switched farriers he's been sound and abscess free. He actually held his shoes really well until this month....
    05-19-2013, 10:41 PM
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
My horse uses an aluminum wedge but his feet have crumbled apart this year (It happened last year as well). He lost a shoe tonight, my farrier came out and said there is nothing left to nail a shoe to so they are going to come out sometime this week and glue a shoe on. My horse can't go barefoot without being lame... :(
I'm in the same boat completely. My horse's feet have just fallen apart this spring, nails falling out and shoes coming loose, being thrown and so on. For us, I think the weather being strange is part of it and the other part is simply poor feet all around. We're trying a new hoof supplement now...One of the horses at my farm had the same issue with his feet falling apart and had to have shoes glued on for a few reset rotations. His feet are just fine now.

I don't have any experience personally with glue-ons as of yet but it seems to be a totally viable option to nailing the shoes on. I'm banking on us having to glue hind shoes on by next trim and I have no reservations about doing it.
    05-19-2013, 10:51 PM
Took me a while to find a link- I saw these in one of the horse magazines I was readin.. thought it was interesting they could be rasped and glued on to have the correct break in the horses step.. FAQ - Happy Hoofwear

They can be glued on too and used with a wedge pad.. list of faqs^

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