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INSTRUCTIONS for installing
Hoof Boots
"Goober Glue"
Updated 08/14/09

Goober Glue is a one part polyurethane adhesive that gets tacky in about 15 minutes if mixed with a little water, with a full cure in 24 hours. It is a very rubbery substance and adheres to both the hoof and the boot very well.

NEW: Mix 5 pumps of "GG" with 5ML (1/2 teaspoon) of water and mix well for 60 seconds, this will cuts tack time way down. This is enough ''GG" for one complete boot install for one hoof. Do one boot at a time, cleaning putty knife and expelling a little "GG" out of tip of the gun, and a new paper cup for each boot. This whole process, including a mild trim took 30 min.

This new protocol works absolutely great, with hardly any wait time at all. By the time you get the last boot on and clean up, your horse will be ready for 30 min in his stall. See more hints at bottom of page...

* Pre fit boots, drawing a line along top of boot on hoof wall. I do this to check balance and to make sure foot is all the way into the boot.
* Rasp hoof wall using smooth side to the line, or use some 80 grit of so sandpaper.
* If you want "GG" to fill hoof cavity, now is the time to drill holes in bottom of boots, (optional)
* Mix 5 pumps of "GG" into paper cup and mix for 1 minute with 5 ML (1/2 teaspoon) of water
* Spread your "GG" on inside of hoof wall portion of boot, using a composite 1" putty knife to spread thin layer.

* Make sure you have some in the very back, heal portion of the boot, meant to seal around hoof bulb.
* Paint hoof wall with thin layer of "Goober Glue" up to line. (This step my be omitted by twisting boot with "GG", checking for "GG" transfer to hoof wall)
* Put boots on about 2-3 min after "GG" has been applied to hoof wall. ( I was at about 7 min after painting hoof wall or 4 min without, that includes 1 min of mixing.)
* Put boots on, and wiggle back and forth and then center boot.
* After boot is on and "GG" is still wet, smooth seal around top of boot with finger, apply more to rear if necessary.
* Install 3 more boots, and let horse stand for 30 min or so.
* After boots seem secure is a good time to fill hoof cavity, use up to 4 full pumps, excess will ooze out the hole so be prepared. Turn loose and let them walk around to get even sole pressure. (I would consider this optional, depends on how long boots are going to be on and what kind of riding you are going to do)
* Use alcohol to clean any "GG" from horse or your hands. Any the oozes out I would let dry and remove after curing.
* Make sure you have a seal all the way around the boot, even heal area. You can fine tune this part now or later... Use finger of rubber glove to smooth edges and pack heal area if needed.

Try to keep it off sole portion as it will make the boot slip around. If you use paper towels, use it and throw it away, don't try and double it to save paper. Once you get it on you, you will get it everywhere. Wear old clothes and rubber gloves if you can stand them.. Luckily it will clean up with alcohol. I hate the gloves but will put a pair on to do my finish sealing around the top of the boot. If you want a perfect looking installation you can use a wire wheel to remove excess if you did a less then perfect job, after it cures...... You will get better with each install.

I think the key to using the Goober Glue is to not put any on the sole so the hoof will not slide around like a greased pig. Only place on the sole should be right at the heel, we need to make a good seal at the rear of the boot. You can do it after the boots are in place, it is just a little more difficult. Check boots by trying to twist them. If you can barely twist it you can stop holding your breath, but your horse if left alone could still step them off.


* Do the rear boots first. Horses will tend to lift front feet to turn, but tend to spin on the rears.. This way the rears will be much more secure.
* Nice to have two tubes of "Gobber Glue", one with a smaller cut on the tip to get into the whole in the bottom of the boot for sole protection.
* Pump "GG" into sole cavity until you see thin center part start to rise, then turn horse loose to self level.

"The perfect fit for the
Perfect Boot"

Goober glue works very well at providing a good sole cushion for EasyCare Glove or other strap on type boots. Very simply you "PAM" the foot so the Goober Glue won't stick to it, put the boot on, and inject Goober Glue into the sole cavity and any excess space inside the boot. You just let your horse wear the boots for a 3 to 4 hours and take them off and let them cure. Put them in a stall for 60 minutes and then turn loose. I think that the Goober Glue that gets up into the clevises creates a soft wedge that will help keep the boot on in extreme conditions, maybe eliminate the need for the power strap. When I drill my holes in the bottom of the boot, I do it so that I know which boot goes where. I happen to use two different size boots between front and rear so I just drill a appropriate hole for that side.

"It's all about the ride!"

We are a EasyCare Inc. Dealer, we offer a free tube of Goober Glue with each purchase of 4 boots, gloves or glue-on's at retail pricing...



Chris Martin


Current instructions are always top left hand side of the Goober Glue Blog, check back frequently.

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