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.

  • start by shaping and cleaning the healthy toe to create a clean flat sole.
  • clean some of the outer wall so that any excess glue can be spread to increase total bonding surface area.
  • Use a heat gun to warm the wooden block so that it is as hot as possible without having charred the wood.
  • apply some heat to the bottom of the sole to give it a quick warm up and to dry any surface moisture that may exist. 4 to 5 seconds should do it.
  • apply the glue from the middle of the block to the toe end, in sufficient quantity so that some glue will squeeze out at the edges when applied.  5 or 6 squeezes should do it.
  • use your old tip from a previous application to smooth out the glue at the edges, but try not to spread it too thin.
  • apply heat to the edges of the block where the glue has squeezed out to accelerate the chemical reaction that causes the glue to harden.  The warmer the glue is, the faster it will harden.  This lessons the chance that the block will fall off while the glue in the center continues to harden at the slightly cooler temp.

Additional tips:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.