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Equi-Thane Adhere Black™ 210cc

Vettec Adhere is suitable for small and large hoof repairs and for bonding horseshoes. It adheres to steel and aluminium. Vettec Adhere is very suitable in combination with urethane adhesive shoes and boots. It is pliable like the hoof wall and can be nailed in. This hoof glue is used for hoof wall repairs, making heel angles and gluing steel, aluminium and polyurethane hoof shoes. Adhere offers ample working time, but is loadable in just four to five minutes. Adhere is a fast-curing urethane adhesive that offers superior adhesion to steel, aluminium and urethane synthetic horseshoes. As with all adhesives, foot and horseshoe preparation are vital. Adhere is a good alternative when poor wall condition or lameness makes nailing impossible.

  • Color: Black
  • Initial set time: 1 min; complete cure time: 6 min
  • Perfect for most every hoof repair application
  • 4 week average for glue-on urethane shoes
  • Adhere sets hard with a superior bond, but maintains the flexibility necessary at the quarters and heels to allow the natural movement of the hoof



  • Vettec products are best used between 65° and 85° F (18° to 29° C). Temperature will affect the set time.
    See Cold & Hot Conditions below.
  • Areas of wetness or bleeding should not be covered. Once healed, commence using products.
  • Adhere™ can be applied with the shoe on or off, but will bond to the shoe. A coating of oil or petroleum jelly to the top of shoe will prevent this from occurring. Take care not to get any on the area of the hoof being repaired. 
  • Product may not bond to hooves that have been heavily treated with products containing: oils, grease, pine tar, etc. In these instances a light denatured alcohol scrub and drying should be performed to ensure adhesion.
  • The following procedures are best-accomplished wearing latex or rubber gloves.
  • Do not burn or “Hot Shoe” this product. 
  • Use only Vettec mixing tips.


  • Failure to keep the hooves, shoes, and product warm will dramatically slow the cure time. Example: At 32° F the cure time advances to 7-8 minutes.
  • Do not microwave the cartridge or place it in water. Store the cartridges in an insulated “cooler” warmed with microwavable heat pads or 1 to 2 tightly capped gallon jugs filled with hot water.
  • In freezing temperatures, 32° F or less, the shoes must be warmed to keep condensation from forming on them and preventing the bond.


  • Product will set very quickly. To slow the set time, if needed store the material in an insulated cooler with 1 or 2 freezer packs.
  • NOTE: During hot weather conditions, product may cure at a higher temperature. If applying close to sensitive tissue, product may be applied in layers to reduce heat.


  1. Open the cartridge. Insert cartridge into dispensing gun.
  2. Before attaching the mixing tip, equalize the cartridge by squeezing out a small amount to ensure that both sides are dispensing evenly.
  3. Attach mix tip by pressing tip on to open cartridge. Secure locking collar over the top of the attached mix tip.
  4. When finished, do not release the pressure with the lever on the back of the dispenser. Remove the mixing tip immediately, discard and apply the cap. Secure the locking collar over the cap to store. The pressure can now be released.
  5. For additional applications, re-equalize the cartridge and attach a new tip.


  1. Trim and balance the hoof capsule as normal. Remove any weak or unattached hoof wall & clean out the white line area if compromised.
  2. NOTE: Only if hoof is oily, wipe the affected areas with a cloth moistened with denatured alcohol being careful not to saturate the hoof. Do not use acetone!
  3. Have all materials ready before proceeding to the next step.
  4. Dry hoof thoroughly using a heat gun for 30-45 seconds. Do not overheat. Keep heat source approximately 6 inches away from sole. NOTE: All hooves contain natural moisture and must be dried exactly in the manner described above. This step is critical for the product to achieve the appropriate bond to the hoof.


  1. Clips are highly recommended for stability and accurate placement of the shoe. Have clips set before gluing.
  2. Drill a 5/16” hole between the second and third nail holes of both branches, beveled on the groundside. If possible, enlarge the other nail holes also using a drill or pritchel.
  3. Grind or rasp the top of the shoes to remove oxidation and roughen the surface. Clean with denatured alcohol to remove oil, grease, slag, dirt, and dry thoroughly.
  4. Place 3 to 4 Adhesive-Spacers or pieces of wooden matchsticks around the web of the shoe to maintain approximately 1/8” space for Adhere. Optional: Apply Duct tape to the last 1” to 1 1/2” of the branches. This will prevent Adhere from locking the heels. NOTE: If the horse is in hard work or you are not using clips we suggest placing one nail on each side of the shoe to counter the side to side shear forces.


  1. Apply Adhere to the shoe approximately 3/8’’ thick and the width of the shoe.
  2. Quickly and accurately place the shoe. Hold the shoe stable for 1 minute.
  3. Keep the hoof elevated taking care not to move the shoe for 4 minutes until the Adhere cures. HINT: If the horse will not give you 4 minutes, securely wrap the hoof and set down gently. Remove wrap later.


  1. Follow hoof preparations instructions above.
  2. Trim, rasp, balance, and clean the hoof around the damaged area.
  3. Using a hoof knife or Dremel™ tool, rout out the damaged areas.
  4. Create an undercut on the hoof wall.
  5. Protect the coronary band with hoof tape or damp gauze.
  6. Clean and thoroughly dry the prepped area per instructions. If wet conditions exist, horse should be stalled overnight with dry bedding.
  7. Dispense Adhere directly into damaged area over-filling around the repair and onto sound hoof wall. Do not feather or "thin-out" the material around the edges. This will slow the set time and can lead to failure. Contouring Plastic can be utilized to push the material into the void, being careful not to feather the material. Leave in place until Adhere cures and then peel off.
  8. Allow a working time of 1 minute for shaping and molding.
  9. Allow 7 to 8 minutes for a full cure and then shape by trimming and rasping toward the hoof.
  10. Nail shoe on. Nails will penetrate without damaging the repair.
  11. If necessary, after rasping and shoeing, fill any voids or holes

For professional use only. Keep out of reach of children.

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Vettec productsheet

"His colt had a coronet band injury a few months ago that was splitting open bigger with every step and making him ouchy. This was nothing a little Vettec can't fix. Sydney used Adhere hoof repair material to cover the injured portion of the hoof wall. Adhere is a fast-setting urethane adhesive designed to bond steel, aluminum and urethane shoes to the hoof and to fabricate large and small hoof wall repairs. The material can be nailed, nipped and rasped. It acts like natural hoof wall and promotes growth, allowing the damaged portion of hoof wall to grow out over time. Sydney is scheduled to have a follow up visit with this colt, stay tuned to see how they are doing. In the meantime, check out our video clip on how to complete an Adhere repair yourself."
- Sydney Kotow
"This is a 6 year old paint gelding who had extremely and weak brittle hoof walls. I believe he might have had a nutritional problem that wasn't being addressed. I applied Adhere to his hoofwall on two concurrent visits. When I returned for the second application, the Adhere had prevented cracking and brittleness of the hoofwall. The repair also prevented excess moisture build up in the cracks and prevented anaerobic bacteria from growing in the hoof crack. Absolutely wonderful product."
- Chance Overacker
"Today I had the pleasure of using the new Ultra Vettec Gun for the first time. I had a challenging case of a 17 hand Clydesdale with a quarter crack in his medial heel. The gun was an absolute God send! The molded shoe I used required 7 tubes of Adhere and 2 tubes of Sole-Guard. This would have usually be quite a hard job just dispensing that volume of material but the Ultra Gun made it so easy."
- Robert Stevenson
"This is a horse (eventer) that came into one of my barns and had had glue on shoes for 2 years and was very uncomfortable on his feet and unable to show. I was immediately able to get steel shoes on with the help of Adhere and 4 nails progressing to steel shoes and nails only training and showing again. I knew it was a matter of time until the badly compromised hooves would require radical trimming of hoof wall as the integrity of the horn had been compromised by improper prep and application of the glue on shoes. Nine months later we reached that point, I removed all compromised horn and was left with no steel shoe options. I applied Super Fast to mimic a shoe and this horse hasn't missed a beat. Again, thank you and I will continue to use and recommend your products to other farriers."
- Steve McConnell AFA OFA FITS Certified Farrier
What is the purpose of Adhere?

Adhere is a multi-purpose hoof wall restorative and adhesive to glue on clipped aluminum, steel, and polyurethane horseshoes. It is formulated to be as close to the natural texture and flexibility of hoof wall as possible. It rasps, nips, nails, and allows clenching, just like the hoof.

What should I use to clean the hoof?

Normally, just rasp, brush, and dry the hoof thoroughly using a heat gun or hair dryer.

NOTE: Only if hoof is oily, moisten a cloth with denatured alcohol, wipe the area being careful not to saturate, and then dry completely. Do not use acetone!

How long does Adhere take to set?

Adhere has a set and a cure time. The set time is approximately 1 minute and it becomes weight bearing at approximately 3 1/2 to 4 minutes. The cure time from application is a total of 8 minutes.

Can I hot shoe with Adhere?

No, Adhere is a urethane plastic and CANNOT be used for hot shoeing.