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Glue-On Hoof Protection

This clinic will be re-scheduled for the fall of 2023.

In both performance and rehab cases full-time hoof protection can be a necessity for some horses. Deanna Stoppler has years of experience working with glue-on shoes and boot shells. In this hands-on clinic she will share her knowledge with students and practitioners to help them succeed with a variety of hoof protection products in their practice.


PHCP students must be at least at the Independent Study level with two IS mentorships completed. Non-members must be established professionals in the hoof care field. This two day clinic counts as Elective and CE credit for PHCP members.

Topics covered

Day 1 – lecture and practice on hoof models

  • Tools necessary for application of glue-on shoes
  • Glue and hoof packing options
  • Shoe fit and size selection
  • Steps for hoof preparation prior to shoe application
  • Shoe application
  • Final steps for a finished foot
  • Applying quick studs to shoes
  • Plastic welding of tabs and cuffs to shoes

Day 2 – working on live horses

  • Hoof prep
  • Choosing appropriate shoes and selecting correct fit
  • Application of welded tabs or cuffs (if necessary)
  • Setting up workspace for success
  • Application of glue-on shoes

What to bring

If possible, students should bring a pair of gloves and their apron. All other tools will be provided. Plan to dress in layers. Vermont can be chilly in April. A heated classroom is available for lectures and lunch (and to warm up!), as well as an on-site restroom.

Lunch is included.


The clinic is located at Good Hope Farm, 57 E Shore Rd, South Hero, VT.  South Hero is an island town located on the southern end of Grand Isle, lake Champlain’s largest island. This is a beautiful area in Vermont and if time allows, a perfect place to spend a couple of extra days sight-seeing. Good Hope Barn is a 20 minute drive from Burlington International Airport or 50 minutes from Plattsburgh International Airport. If looking to share a rental car or hotel room with other participants please email me and I will connect attendees with each other.


South Hero and Grand Isle have multiple listings on Airbnb. Other hotel options would be located in Colchester, Winooski and Burlington.


South Hero is a small community located five minutes from the barn. Dining options include Wally’s Place Bagel and Deli, Blue Paddle Bistro, and Pan’s Pizza. A wide variety of options are located about a 20 minute drive from the barn in Winooski and Colchester.

Start time will be 9am each day and we will finish at 5pm with the option of ending a bit early on day two, if travel requires. Plan to dress in layers. Vermont can be chilly in April. A heated classroom is available for lectures and lunch (and to warm up!), as well as an on-site restroom.

As a graduate of Mission Farrier School Deanna learned to apply steel, aluminum, therapeutic clogs, and composite shoes to the
hoof. After nine years of developing her craft while running her full time hoof care business; enrolling in various continuing education courses over the year; and gluing shoes with EasyBoot Elite for Tevis Cup in 2015 and 2016, Deanna transitioned away from the application of steel and aluminum shoes and now offers barefoot trimming, glue on composite shoes, and boot fitting. To learn more about her hoof care experience visit