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Bar Shoe Construction

Bar Shoe Construction

Typical flat foot, in this case on an 8-year old thoroughbred race horse.  This horse also has problems with a persistent heel crack that requires the support of a bar shoe.

Bar Shoe Construction

Start with a standard Sound Horse Series I horseshoe.  Shown here is the normal ELITE shoe top & bottom.

Bar Shoe Construction

Grind a “flat” at the heels to remove the urethane rim pad in the area where you plan to affix the bar.  Drill & tap once you have fabricated your bar.

Bar Shoe Construction

Fabricate the bar that you need for the shoe.  Shown here is a short heart-bar countersunk for 1/4 –20 machine screws.

Bar Shoe Construction

Attach the bar with the machine screws

Bar Shoe Construction

The heart bar attached to the Sound Horse Series I shoe.

Bar Shoe Construction

If you plan to use a hoof packing under the bar, we suggest a piece of hooked Velcro to help hold the packing in place while it forms a pad.

Bar Shoe Construction

We apply a carbon fiber repair to the heel crack and at the same time apply the Sound Horse Series I bar shoe.  The Sound Horse Sigafoos horse shoes are so easy to use that the horse’s hoof is only off the ground for 60 seconds to apply and secure.  No glue is on the bottom of the hoof.

Bar Shoe Construction

Secure the shoe in place with industrial stretch wrap.  This will hold the shoe, hold in the heat to accelerate the adhesive cure and assure a smooth, hard cuff finish.

Bar Shoe Construction

Sound Horse shoes wrapped and hoof placed on the ground.  No adhesive on the bottom of the hoof means no need to hold the hoof while the glue cures.  Fast & Easy

Bar Shoe Construction

The finished, unwrapped bar shoe.

Bar Shoe Construction

Pack the Bar with Silicone – The farrier is using Sound Horse EquiFlex-Pak 2-part silicone hoof packing.  This silicone packing material will retain its flexibility over a wide range of temperatures. Sound Horse EquiFlex-Pak can also be used with copper sulfate added if required as a exfoliant or a biostat/biocide.

Bar Shoe Construction

Sound Horse Series I bar shoe with silicone packing applied & trimmed.

Bar Shoe Construction

Finished Series I shoe -shown medially and laterally

Bar Shoe Construction

Both front feet shown.  Bar shoe with silicone packing is on the left of the photo (right hoof).