ST PIERRE HOOF CARE
APPLYING HOOF BLOCKS
applying a hoof block can sometimes be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. There are a few basic procedures you need to follow along with some tips to help make the process go smoothly.
buy a good quality heat gun. it doesn't pay to buy the cheap ones. Dewalt makes a good one for about $70.00. MIlwalkee also has a good one. Propane torches will work but are way less efficient.
try to apply your block as soon as you know that you need one. finish the rest of the trimming and do what ever other small maintenance tasks you may have so that the block will have more time to harden.
find ways to keep your glue around 70 to 85 degrees F. It will make your day go much better. If you are a professional hoof trimmer, you might consider buying one of our Hot Boxes that we have been selling for the past 10 years or so. They have become very popular both as a means to control the heat process thermostatically and as a great way to organize your block application inventory.
It is very important to not over heat your glue before you apply it to your block. It will be almost worthless. Once applied, you can heat it as much as you feel necessary.
There are a variety of glue products coming into to the market. To our knowledge, Bovi Bond and a recent new Product called Hoof Tite, are the best ones we sell and recommend. you may prefer the new product as a best choice because it has less issues with tip plugging and is sold at a lower price.