A technique that does not penetrate the hoof wall
The photos shown present a technique used by Swiss farrier Aaron Gygax while he was working at Rood & Riddle’s Equine Podiatry Clinic (~2004 thru early 08). It is one of several techniques that can be successfully used to stabilize a crack and pre-supposes the crack is dry and no longer weeping or suppurating. This technique does not require the farrier to drill holes in the hoof wall in cases where the hoof wall is compromised & may not support the loads imposed by a conventional lacing process.
Stretch wrap the fabric bolster to hold it in place while the acrylic adhesive cures. Repeat this process to build a similar bolster on the other side of the crack. The foot can be placed on the ground during this cure period.
Remove the stretch wrap. You now have two “bolsters” that will distribute the suture tensile load over a large surface area on either side of the crack. In addition, you will drill holes for lacing behind & under the metal rod & bolster. The hoof wall is NOT penetrated.