Shoeing a horse with super glue instead of nails seems silly. Most people will say, “No way! Super glue isn’t enough to hold a shoe on the hoof.”
I thought the same thing! But after a couple years of testing, we are finding that super glue, or cyanoacrylate, is a quick and cost effective way to shoe a horse.
Yes, it’s true. Super glue will hold a horseshoe on the hoof for a complete 5-6 week cycle of hard, endurance-type riding and training in difficult conditions.
EasyCare has several products available to the public currently, and several in testing that are applied with nothing but super glue. We are finding that applying shoes with super glue is very easy, economical, and effective. It even helps strengthen the hoof wall over time.
Ease Of Application
Applying a shoe with super glue is very easy. Make sure the hoof is trimmed and balanced first. The hoof walls then need to be cleaned and dried to ensure the best possible bond with the super glue. Next, coat the tabs or cuffs with super glue, apply the shoe, and wrap the hoof in plastic shrink wrap. Leave the wrap on for 5-10 minutes, then remove it and you’re all set!
Economical Gluing Solution
The process is very inexpensive. Each hoof requires roughly $0.50 in super glue. We love the adhesives we get from companies such as Vettec and Equilox, but using these types of products can cost roughly $10.00 per hoof, on average. That much of a cost difference is difficult to ignore.
In addition, we are finding the shoes applied with super glue can be removed and reapplied. A full 2 oz bottle of EasyCare’s Maxi-Cure Super Glue is $11.00. One bottle can be used to apply at least 20 shoes.
Shoes applied with super glue stay on very well. We have heard many success stories ranging from endurance racers, to therapeutic facilities, to trail riders, and more.
Stronger Hoof Wall
I have personally seen the horses I use super glue on develop a stronger hoof wall over time. The super glue seems to coat and seal the wall. This sealant effect especially helps in wet environments, or when horses go from wet to dry often.
The photo below shows the section of hoof that was coated with super glue when a shoe was applied with acrylic. The hoof grew out a bunch after the application, and you can see a remarkable difference in the quality of the hoof wall. (Yes, the hoof is much too long and due for a trim and reset.)
I think we are just beginning to see the difference cyanoacrylate can make in the equine hoof care world. It will be interesting to see if and how the use of super glue evolves from here.