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Imprint Shoe - Heel Repair


During the summer I was asked to take a look at Kerinne Oliver's horse Frank with a view to putting some Imprint Sport shoes on. He was suffering from chronic hoof loss and a low grade and persistent lameness. When I looked at him it was clear Frank was in fact a Chronic Laminitic and that the hoof loss and lameness were due to a long term deterioration towards chronically deformed and structurally unsound feet.


After spending some time working on Frank, rebuilding his feet and shoeing him with Imprint Sport shoes, myself and Kerinne discussed what was best to do about his next appointment. Historically Frank had very slow hoof growth so we decided to play it by ear and only look to shoe him when we saw the feet beginning to drift out of balance. We agreed should we need to do some running repairs to extend the shoeing interval and give his feet additional time to grow whilst they were still in balance then we could do.


Around week 6-7 Kerinne sent me an image of the inside heel of the right fore, showing the start of some separation of the flange from the hoof and later that week I travelled out to sort it out. 

The process is very simple and very quick. All I did was rasp away the part of the flange that had become separated and clean up the hoof wall and surrounding plastic/shoe. Whilst I was doing that I had a small amount of the Imprint Hoof Repair granules heating in some boiled water with which to build the new bit of flange. I then used a heat gun to warm the plastic on the shoe where I was going to create the new bit of flange. The Imprint shoes and the Hoof Repair granules are made from the same low melt thermoplastic. Above 60 degrees, when the plastic is soft and malleable, it will weld to itself allowing you to weld the repair plastic onto the shoe to create extensions, additions or as in this case create a new bit of flange. I then put a thin layer of glue on to the hoof to adhere the new bit of flange on to the foot, took the softened plastic out of the water, rolled it up into a sausage shape and pressed it onto to the shoe. I then pushed the softened plastic up on to the hoof wall adhering it on to the hoof wall and creating the new bit of flange.

We then gave the glue a few minutes to cure whilst Frank got stuck into his hay net and I had a cup of tea. To finish the job all I needed to do was give it a quick tidy up with a rasp and seal the edges with some glue.


That visit helped extend the shoeing period, allowing Frank time to grow enough hoof so that when I came to shoe him next, most of the rebuilt hoof had grown out and I was able to comfortably nail a pair of 7/8 x 3/8 section steel shoes on to feet that were structurally sound. Which is the great thing about the Imprint products. They allow the farrier to arrest a deteriorating situation and ultimately effect a positive outcome. Obviously as with all farriery, as long as the technique is correct and the application is built on a full understanding of the issues and an appreciation of what needs to be done.


It's possible I might need to see Frank again next summer, the underlying issues haven't disappeared. He's still got the same conformation, he's still a chronic laminitic and he's still got slow growing feet. But at least Kerinne has the confidence and knowledge now that should we need to intervene again we can do and we can turn things around before he starts to become sore.


Dean Bland Dip WCF Hons, BA Hons

10 Dec 2012


Photos can be viewed in a larger format in the Photo Albums section on our Facebook page.



Feet at the first visit.


Flange beginning to separate from

the hoof wall at the heel.


Separated flange rasped away and

surrounding plastic and hoof rasped clean.


Shoe being warmed locally by the heat gun.


Application of a thin layer of Imprint

Structural Adhesive locally to the hoof wall.


Warm Imprint Hoof Repair plastic 

welded on to the shoe.


Warm plastic being pushed up and on to the hoof wall creating the new bit of flange.


Showing the finished job.



Observations on the improving soundness of Diane Kemp's Horse Sasha

Diane Kemp's 20 year old horse Sasha has been suffering with chronic laminitis for just over 2 years. As is common with chronic laminitics Sasha's front feet were suffering from a significant lack of structural integrity. Despite careful farriery, the distortion of the hoof structures had led to a lack of soundness and therefore a poorer quality of life. In the summer of 2011 Andrew Poynton was asked to visit Sasha and see how he could help. In
consultation with Diane’s Vet Arnie Agnew and with the help of Andrew I took over a programme of farriery work aimed at improving the structural integrity of the feet.
The work consisted of two main elements :-

Firstly carefully removing all structurally unsound horn and replacing it with Imprint Hoof Repair granules. Ostensibly creating a prosthesis, returning the structural integrity to the hoof capsule;

Secondly applying an Imprint First shoe to both lift the sole off the ground, creating sole clearance over the tip of the pedal bone; and to give support to the bone column by equalising downward load forces via a cradling frog plate.

After 6 months work there has been a significant improvement to the integrity of the hoof capsule leading to greater stability of the bone column and greater concavity of the sole. Sasha is no longer reliant on pain relief and is noticeably more sound. Perhaps most importantly both Sasha and Diane are feeling happier and are enjoying the steady return
to a more normal routine. The process is by no means complete, however Sasha can now enjoy being walked out, trotted and even lunged. I think the improvements to Sasha’s welfare say a great deal about Diane, about her determination and selflessness. I think it also shows just what capabilities farriers now have with these new products to intervene in a deteriorating situation and ultimately effect a positive change.

Dean Bland Dip WCF Hons, BA Hons

January 2012


Update –  Really good news, Diane is now riding her horse Sasha.

26 March 2012




“I’ve had some very good results with the Imprint glue and Hoof Repair (granules).  The repair I made to a hoof crack stayed in place for 8 months and has now grown out.  The key is to clean the area thoroughly before applying the materials.”


Mark Smith DipWCF


7 December 11


Equine Laminitic Course at Redwings Horse Sanctuary


Rob Reeve recently attended the Imprint Laminitis Training Course at Redwings Horse Sanctuary. This is the third course he has been on. He commented that while the Imprint shoes and the main principles of fitting them have remained consistent, there were a lot of new things to learn such as tips for shoe retention as Andrew’s technique is continually evolving. “I learned things I hadn’t seen before. It’s good to have your memory refreshed and to be keeping up to date with everything.”

Robert Reeve DipWCF
November 11


“I work with the main 3 vets in the area who all use Imprints. I have 7 or 8 pairs of Imprints on horses at the moment and am treating 2 foals using the Imprint Hoof Repair material. Imprints must have saved 50 horses. Recently my apprentice went on an Imprint Hoof Repair course and got a lot out of it.”


Simon Jackson DipWCF


31 September 11


"In my opinion, if you have not attended an Imprint training day, I would recommend them to anyone who has an interest in modern farriery techniques.  Alternatively, if you have attended before, Andrew Poynton never fails to show us new methods and ideas he has developed to complement his unique products. I have been on more than one of Andrew's training courses, however, his products are so unique and constantly evolving, that I always learn something new. I have been using Imprint Sport for sometime, and my clients have been very pleased with the results. Good preparation of the hoof is very important, but once this is in place, application of the shoe is very straightforward."


Jonathan Nunn AWCF


2 September 09


I just thought I would write a quick note of thanks for both your products and for the training received at the Imprint courses that I have attended. I have used your shoes in a number of situations but one case in particular stands out...


James Nash DWCF.



The Imprint First shoes were fantastic. I have never had plastic shoes so straightforward and easy to fit. There was a dramatic improvement in the horse, and both the owner and I were very pleased with the result.”


Stephen Eaton AWCF
Newtown, Powys

8 June 09


Just thought I'd take a few moments to say I've just used this system for the very first time and tell you how very impressed I was. Not only with the shoes themselves which fitted and went on exactly as described but also with the support of the website and CD - I have never seen this done yet I was easily able to apply the shoes and circumnavigate any forseen problems having been warned by the information you have given, and to adhere to the principles of shoeing a laminitic for both short term comfort and long term recovery.

If there were any things I would have to add to the information you have given, I'd say, make sure electricity is available, and a Dremel is pretty invaluable for preparation, both of which luckily I had to hand when doing this job.

In the nicest possible way, I really hope I never have to use Imprint again - I'm sure you know what I mean - but if circumstances demand, it will be my system of choice from now on.

Many thanks

Graeme Burt DWCF

Nr. Sevenoaks, Kent

17 April 2008


I have been shoeing horses for over thirty years and in that time there has been some huge developments in veterinary and farriery knowledge concerning the equine lower limb.  With this extra understanding, I have been involved with many new ideas on the treatment of farriery related problems, some good, and some not so good!

Every now and then something new comes along which you know is going to help out some old problems by giving you another tool in the box, and I believe Andrew Poynton’s thermo-plastic shoe concept is just that something.  We have been using the Imprint products for over two years mostly on laminitic ponies; we only use the shoes on the most severe cases of laminitis, hand in hand with the veterinary profession and have had some excellent results.  There are always disappointments but after all, these are extreme cases, but with the help of owners and vets we have together helped over 90% make a good recovery.

As well as laminitic cases we have used the Imprint shoes for limb correction in young stock, hospital plates for pedal bone injuries, and the thermo-plastic granules for hoof wall repairs, but I feel sure there will be many other uses too.

However there are no cutting corners in farriery, you must fully understand the problem you are dealing with and be able to correctly balance a foot and limb before you apply any shoe, but the pleasure it gives you when the animal recovers cannot be measured.

It is truly a very exciting new product, giving a new dimension in farriery to compliment old practises and it is just these developments which come along now and then, which make this job so inspiring.

Wayne Upton RSS (Hons) AFCL

West Sussex

08 September 2005


I tried using some of the Imprint plastic Granules (Imprint Hoof Repair) to create a medial heel wedge, and found it very successful. I have gone on to try it on few other horses and had good results, they all returned to being sound. Also used the plastic to make a full wedge on a horse with badly collapsed heels suffering from navicular, as with the others I tied it all in with notches up the side of the hoof wall and in the buttress bars, basically putting plastic where there needed to be hoof, and that one also has returned to being sound.

The Imprint Plus are working well for me as well, giving that extra grip which seemed to be one of the few reservations my local vet had.

Dean Bland BA (Hons) DipWCF Hons
Barnsley, South Yorkshire

30 September 2005





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