We include (for first time users) a 2-page brochure — “Quick & Easy Application Instructions” that has 12 pictures of a typical application with the basic steps for Series I shoeing shown.
Most of our farriers are able to shoe a horse with a pair of Series I shoes in less than 30 minutes (the first time may take you 45+ min). That’s 30 minutes total — remove old shoes, trim hoof, prep, mix adhesive, apply, wait for cure & remove wrap … done.
We suggest you PRACTICE the stretch wrap technique by lifting the hoof and applying wrap without the shoe. Stretch wrapping is the key to success … if you know how to secure the shoe quickly & effectively, the hoof will be off the ground for less than 90 seconds. Feedback from farriers using the Sound Horse shoes shows that most have the hoof off the ground for less than 60 seconds while applying the shoe.
Significant advantages over “direct glue” techniques include:
NO tranquilizers are required.
NO holding hoof off the ground for an extended period to apply shoe.
NO “glue” on the bottom of the horse’s hoof.
NO sole contact with glue or shoe.
NO constriction of natural heel movement.
A clean, dry hoof assures success … trim & prepare the hoof as usual and use a clean piece of sandpaper for the final prep on the hoof wall.
NO solvents are necessary to “clean” the hoof.
Once the shoe is applied and stretch-wrapped to secure it to the hoof, you are done – set the foot down. After 8-10 minutes (at 70F) remove the stretch wrap. FINISHED — do not sand, rasp, shape or work the finished cuff in any way. This is why the stretch-wrap is important. It secures the shoe, accelerates the cure & assures a smooth, hard surface – all in one step!
The Sound Horse adhesive is similar to other acrylics you may have used in hoof-repair….. Equilox, EquiBond, Victory’s Hoof-Life. It has an “open time” (at 70ºF) of about 4-5 minutes and a “fixturing time” of 6-10 minutes. “Open” is when the adhesive is soft and can be moved when applying; “fixturing” is the period when the adhesive has stiffened and is warming up to complete the “cross-linking” process.
Mixing the adhesive properly is critical – New users get a “Twin-Pack” brochure to show how to most effectively use the supplied adhesive. Start the mix in the poly-pack and complete it in the supplied cup. Mix vigorously in the cup for 60 seconds.
Color – some owners want the cuff to match the hoof. If you need to color the cuff, Sound Horse can supply a 5-gram tube of intense black pigment that mixes in with the adhesive and will color 2 –3 pairs of shoes. The pigment dispenses easily when it is warm (put it in you pocket before use in colder areas).
How long will the shoe stay on? The shoe will stay on until YOU choose to remove it! The reason you will remove the shoe is because it is time to trim the horse – not because the shoes are loose and need a reset.