Many people ask if the acrylic and urethane adhesives currently used on horse’s feet trap moisture resulting in adverse effects. The answer should be no, but it’s not always that simple.
Before we can answer the bigger question, we must first understand the importance of moisture. The equine foot naturally contains moisture generated internally from blood circulation; it keeps tissues pliable for shock absorption. Obviously the environment also plays a huge role in maintaining moisture balance.
Dr. Dan Sweet of Sweet River Equine Clinic in Modesto, California hosted his annual clinic to bring vets and farriers together to share knowledge and experience. This year’s guest speaker/clinician was Dr. Raul Bras, an equine veterinarian and certified journeyman farrier from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky. Dr. Bras is part of the Podiatry Group at the hospital and has successfully treated many high dollar horses, and chronic cases. Topics included Hi-Lo Syndrome, Angular deformities, Low Heel Conformation, and Navicular Syndrome.
Wondering if the Ultra Dispensing Gun is right for you? Take a look at a recent review we received from a happy customer:
Today I had the pleasure of using the new Ultra Vettec Gun for the first time. I had a challenging case of a 17 hand Clydesdale with a quarter crack in his medial heel. The gun was an absolute God send! The molded shoe I used required 7 tubes of Adhere and 2 tubes of Sole-Guard. This would have usually be quite a hard job just dispensing that volume of material but the Ultra Gun made it so easy.
Everyone wants their work to look good, but when it comes to adhesives, pretty sometimes comes at the expense of strength; thicker is definitely stronger, especially when gluing to compromised feet. The Easy Shoes shown here can be glued on the bottom surface along with the side flanges, or just glued on with the side flanges alone. We like to add an adhesive toe clip and cover a bit of the shoe at the toe just to keep a toe stabber from loosening the bond. Note the Adhere is left thick along the top edge of the flange for added strength when the foot will be exposed to irrigated pasture