Dustin McCuan of Ethos E-Tabs came to Kentucky recently to demonstrate the application of his “hybrid” shoe concept. He has worked for many years on the race track and in development of the E-Tab system. It offers an alternative to nailing, especially for those horses with wall damage or internal issues that make nailing a painful experience.
The beauty of the Ethos system is the relatively simple process. The key to success is the superior Tab or “clip” design that is welded to a superior shoe (Kerckhaert). This allows a minimal amount of glue to secure the shoe to the foot, without having to glue in the heel area where it might restrict function of the foot. The acrylic glue is applied to the ground surface of the shoe in the toe quarters and behind the E-Tab after fitting. It’s then applied to the foot and wrapped so it can set.
The E-Tab stickers are placed on the wall once the first glue application has set. The “bed” that is created with the sticker is then filled with the acrylic, flush with the stickers, wrapped an allowed to set. Once it has set, it’s a quick process to pull the foam sticker off and finish the edges of the acrylic. What you have in the end is a very effective alternative to nailing. The step by step process is laid out on the Ethos website and you can contact them for technical support.