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How To Apply FormaHoof

We have created a Step-by-Step Guide to make it easy for you to understand how to apply FormaHoof. For more, visit the FormaHoof Academy and learn all the theoretical knowledge and practical insights needed to use FormaHoof to the fullest, in our FCA course.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step1

Step 1

Remove shoes or previous application (or shoes), trim and clean the hooves. We highly recommend the usage of FormaHoof – All Natural Antibacterial. Which will enhance the healing process of any compromised area of the hoof, while proactively defending the healthy hoof capsule tubules for ongoing protection. Prepare your mould and consumables for the application.

Step2

Step 2

Wrap the mesh (or FormaHoof Flex Mesh) around the prepared hoof and fit the mould. Ensure the mould sits straight and is centered before “quickly” allowing the horse to step down, bear weight and move fully into the mould. Use a tip or other non-sharp object to push the mesh under the seal of the mould, to ensure that the FormaHoof AP can create an attachment at the top of the hoof.
Step3

Step 3

When picking up the foot, you will notice, the mould is now convex at the bottom (primarily around the toe area). This is as a result of the pressure of the foot as the horse stepped into the mould. To get the mould back into the correct concave shape, hold the mould in place and use your thumbs to press the air pockets out of the sole area. Pressing the mould back into concavity will avoid gaps at the toe area.
Step4

Step 4

Start applying the FormaHoof Advanced Polymer, beginning at the toe, moving across the sole (toe to heel). Allow the material to cure before setting the hoof down and applying FormaHoof Advanced Polymer to the sides. We recommend you have two FormaHoof AP tubes ready when starting your application process. Always purge some material before starting to inject to ensure the material is mixing.
Step5

Step 5

Once the FormaHoof Advanced Polymer is fully cured, carefully break the seal on the top line of the mould (do not use a knife) and remove the mould. Before you can take the mould off the hoof, you should remove ALL injection points (sole, sides, toe, heel) with your nippers. You will hear a popping noise when the material is fully cured. Removing the injection points is important to break the seal, which makes the demoulding process easier and helps to protect your mould from damage.
Step6

Step 6

Clip off all remaining injection points and clean off any excess material. FormaHoof recommends using a finger sander for easier cleaning of excess material on the rim, more information can be found in our third-party tool list. Give the application it’s finish and further adjustments if needed.
Step7

Step 7

Give the application it’s finish and further adjustments if needed. Trot the horse up to see if any further adjustments are needed. Your horse should then be level, balanced and protected in FormaHoof. If using a HP Traction mould, you have the option to adjust the length of the traction devices according to preference, usage and ground conditions.
Step8

Step 8

Repeat steps 1-7 for every hoof you wish to apply FormaHoof.

Recommended: THIRD-PARTY TOOLS

Cody James Rasp

Using the Cody James Medium coarseness rasp allows for the best preparation of the hoof for FormaHoof. This rasp allows the hoof to be trimmed to the desired shape without taking a lot of material off, leaving the necessary rough finish which works like Velcro, providing excellent attachment for the FormaHoof AP Application.

Suggested Mesh

Initial orders (Moulds and Kits) are shipped with free mesh. Subsequently, this mesh can be sourced separately. We highly recommend using the same structure and weight class of mesh as shown, since this was tested by our team: the Coolaroo 302214 Screening Shade Fabric in 70% UV Block, (6′ x 15′), black has been best.
It is available on Amazon, Ebay and various hardware shops in many countries.

Ryobi Sander

This sander allows the practitioner to easily trim the FormaHoof Application around the soft tissue structures of the hoof, with accuracy and reduced danger. As it is cordless and quiet, this sander is much safer to use around horses.

Silicon Spray

Cleaning your FormaHoof Moulds regularly with a good quality silicon base spray will extend their life and help to prevent them from becoming damaged.
At FormaHoof, we use WD-40 Silicon. However, other brands can provide the same effect.

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