an aid for compromised feet
This is my go to tool as a farrier of top class racehorses. It eliminates all of the risk in nailing to thin walls and is an alternative to gluing. It can be incorporated with a full pad for lameness or just increase wall thickness for nailing. Follow me and my colleagues as we share our techniques and results with you.
About Derek Poupard
CJF, Dip WCF
Derek is the Senior Farrier to Charlie Appleby at Godolphin and is based in Newmarket and Dubai for the Dubai International Carnival. Charlie Appleby is currently International trainer of the year and No 1 Trainer in the world and has just won his 2nd Dubai International Carnival.
Derek has shod horses successfully in 4 continents including winners of the Dubai World Cup, English Derby, Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf, 1000 Guineas, St Leger and the July Handicap (South Africa) to name a few.
He is one of a handful of Farriers to present at the AAEP on the subject of Glue on Shoeing. Derek is using Hoof Cast as a standard on his horses with compromised feet and will be sharing his expertise with us using tutorial videos and images.
Hoof Casting Step by Step
Preparation and Glue Application
Dress the hoof lightly and apply glue around the hoof with a liberal amount at the heels as these are the anchor points
Applying the Cast
Once your glue is applied start wrapping your cast around the hoof. In order to have wider quarters for nailing and not create a longer toe, I normally double back on my casting at the quarter. Do a full wrap every 2-3 turns to hold the cast in place
Use a sponge and lightly wet the entire cast you have applied. The water and exposure to air are what is needed for casting material to set hard
Plastic wrap the hoof extensively to hold the cast in position until the glue and cast have cured. The cast will start curing after 5 minutes and fully set after 20 minutes and the warmer the weather the faster it will set. Should the cast be dry and not fully set then sponge with water again and wrap until it cures
Remove Heel Section
It is important to remove this heel section as it will constrict normal hoof movement. If you have to leave it in, please ensure it is less than 3 layers thick and does not stay full for more than 10 days. If your horse is confined than the full shoeing period is fine
Nail to the cast as if you have a thick walled horse. You do not need to block your nails or undercut your clinches as the material accepts the bedded clinch very nicely