By EasyCare Product Specialist, Regan Roman
As an EasyCare Product Specialist, people ask me all the time what items they need to get started in the world of Glue-Ons. I decided to compile a list with everything you will need to get started, why you need them and a few helpful tips. Keep in mind that the best tool of all is a qualified Hoof Care Practitioner who is experienced in gluing. Although not necessary in every case, a glue-on expert is the best way to go.
First off, we always recommend ordering an Easycare Fit Kit before getting started. It will help you to determine the proper size EasyShoe for your horse. You’ll receive three different sized shoes in the EasyShoe of your choice – one in the size you specify, one a size larger, and one a size smaller. And it works like a rental program! You can make sure the shoe fits before making a purchase!
When you’re finally ready to order your pair of EasyShoes, here’s a list of the additional items you’ll want to include in your shopping cart:
*Note: Items without links are not sold by EasyCare.
- EasyShoe Bond or Vettec Adhere
The glue is a personal preference. People in more humid environments may prefer the EasyShoe Bond. It can be applied with Copper sulfate granules and has a slower set time so it can be easier for the glue-on rookies.
- Bond gun or Vettec gun
- Bond mixing tips or Vettec Adhere mixing tips
For drying the hoof, which is especially important for wet or humid conditions.
- Wire hoof pick brush
- Rasp or Hoof Buffy
A rasp will exfoliate the hoof and create a clean rough base for applying glue. A Hoof Buffy is on the optional list below.
- Tongue depressor
For smoothing the glue.
- Moisture meter
For checking the moisture in the hoof. You want it to be at 0%.
- Hoof Buffy
The hoof buffy cleans up the hoof to prepare it for the gluing, just like exfoliating before shaving your legs.
- Buffy sleeves 10 pack
The buffy is made with a 60, 80 or 100 grit sand paper which should be replaced after every few uses.
- Buffy Bladder
This piece gives shape to the Buffy sleeve allowing the sand paper to scuff up the hoof wall.
- Easyboot Zip
The Zip is designed to keep your horse hoof clean before gluing or bandaging.