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Our team is comprised of professional horseshoers and horse owners who participate in various equestrian sports and proper hoof care is our #1 priority. There is a lot of truth to the old saying no foot, no horse! Giving you direct access to farriers in Gakona is our primary goal. These handpicked professionals are highly skilled in just about every aspect and can provide you with exceptional equine hoof care. This gives you the peace of mind that you are providing the best hoof care needs for your horse.

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The Essentials of Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

Gakona Horseshoer trimming a horse in AK

Proper horseshoeing directly affects the health and performance of your horse. While it is tempting to save money by trying to shoe your own horse, if you are not trained on observing the appearance, balance, and symmetry of a normal hoof, it is a job that is better left to a pro. A skilled farrier is trained to detect lameness, treat wounds, lacerations, abrasions, or cracks in hoof wall, and determine the cause of foot tenderness a horse may have. Unfortunately certain horses can develop hoof diseases and other problems like white line disease, laminitis and navicular disease. When seen regularly by a professional a lot of these problems can be detected and treated at an earlier stage.

Why Are Shoes Needed on Horses?

It has been said that there are only three reasons a farrier should shoe your horse. The first reason is to increase traction and reduce slippage. When it comes to most AK performance horses they need more traction and shoes provides this for them. It is important to help horses who need more traction, because if they do not have it when needed, injures could occur. Protection for the horse is the second reason. Oftentimes a horse can become sore due to wearing the hoof down on hard surfaces. When wear exceeds growth on a horse, you many want your horse shod to protect that hoof from being too short and causing your horse to be lame. The third reason is to help correct problems in the foot by means of corrective shoeing. As a horse gets older, they may require some type of specialty shoe or have other foot related needs. It could be due to an injury, or it could be due to bad conformation. Generally your local Gakona AK horseshoer can usually help correct hooves that are not bearing weight and shaped the correct way. This alone will help curtail lameness problems. More times than not, a horse who needs corrective work done is due to bad horseshoeing for and extended amount of time. Using a professional farrier is very vital to prevent problems such as this.

Are there signs that indicate that you may need a professional to shoe your horse? These are typical questions that farriers have to answer daily. This question is not easily answered and it really depends. The reason for that is because there are so many factors that come into play. Asking for you farriers opinion is the best way to devise a long term plan.

Typical questions they will as you are:

  • How often are you riding your horse?
  • What type of horse facilities do you have?
  • How much physical activity does your horse get?
  • Is your horse crippled or lame?
  • Do you live or ride your horse in rocks?
  • Does your horse have soft hoofs?
  • What are the factors that make you think you horse may need horseshoes?

Tips to Finding a Good Horse Shoer in Your Local Area

Typically a good AK farrier will be knowledgeable in most horseshoeing techniques. They may or may not offer full services in the following style:

  • Cold Shoeing: The majority of horses are shod using this method. Your farrier will first trim, balance and look the foot over to look for abscesses, soreness, bruising, cracks and thrush. Most people choose this method because it provides adequate coverage to protect their horses feet and it’s typically less expensive than hot shoeing. Cold shoeing is easier for farriers because less equipment is required and they do not have to make a shoe from scratch, plus they do not have to carry around a forge or all the hot shoeing tools.
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  • Hot Shoeing: While hot shoeing is not a required skillset, there are the hot farriers that will only hot shoe a horse and then there are ones that have never learned this skillset. Additionally, you have the farrier that can and will shoe a horse either way. Hot shoeing allows them to do a better job for your equine as they can take out all the little imperfections in the trim, making the hoof natural balanced and level. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. There are very few horseshoers in Gakona area that do not use this method. It does not mean they are less qualified to take care of your horse. They just prefer cold shoeing instead. In fact, the majority of owners do not want to pay extra to have their horse be hot shod. However, if your farrier is equipped with tools to hot shoe it is a good indication that he/she takes a lot of pride in their work and have went the extra mile to learn this more traditional shoeing method.
  • Trimming: Most horses are typically shod but there are times that it is not necessary. If the horse is seldom used they may get along just fine without being shod. Good farriers know how to properly trim a barefoot horse so that the hoofs are less likely to chip or break off pieces of the hoof. Additionally, it is your duty of your farrier to advise you if they notice any issues like soreness that may cause your horse to become lame. They may want to shoe the horse for a few times until the threat has passed.
  • Therapeutic Horseshoeing: Anytime you have a horse with soundness issues you will want to consult with a farrier that specializes in therapeutic work. Many horses who come up lame need special horseshoes or corrective shoeing work done to them in order for them to become sound again. When any equine requires a therapeutic horseshoer it is because they are lame and unusable. These people generally only work on horses with soundness issues and are very skilled at correction techniques. Many farriers are not qualified and have not been certified to do therapeutic horseshoeing. Most of these guys will only work with lame horses and they have gone the extra mile to gain the experience and knowledge to help horses with soundness issues. They are specialists that really understand how a horse moves and what they need to do to bring the horse back into a nice comfort zone. If a unqualified person is hired to do a job he does not understand the consequences to, then your horse could become more lame and have more issues than you started with.

Gakona AK Farrier Services for Most Horses

  • Rope Horses
  • Barrel Horses
  • Cutting Horses
  • Reining Horses
  • Draft Horses
  • Dressage Horses
  • Gaited Horses
  • Ranch Horses
  • Western Pleasure
  • Hunters

Farriers in Gakona Use Several Different Types of Horseshoes

There are many horseshoes your farrier may choose to use on your horse. The following are a few examples:

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  • Heart Bar Shoe: Best known horseshoe for treating a laminitic horse. There are many applications for this shoe, the most common is a horse that has foundered and is losing blood to the hoof capsule. Using a heart bar shoe requires knowledge and skill. If an unexperienced farrier happens to apply too much pressure on the frog, it could cause pain to the horse. On the opposite side of things, if enough pressure is not applied to the frog, nothing will happen and the horse will continue to lose blood to the hoof capsule. Once more, the key here in using this type of horseshoe is applying it properly. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: When a horse has a contracted or under-run heels, an eggbar shoe is used. Additionally, a horse suffering from navicular syndrome will commonly need to have eggbar shoes. While this shoe can be abused by many farriers, when fit correctly to the hoof by a educated farrier, it can work wonders on a horse with bad feet.
  • Bar Shoe: A bar-shoe is a great tool to have when horses are having lameness issues. This type of shoe is constructed to allow the hoof capsule more support. Common problems such as quarter cracks and thin-soled horses can be corrected by using a bar shoe. Many horseowners and farriers will prefer a bar-shoe for a horse with injuries of the tendons and ligaments. Expert farriers and veterinarians do like to use the bar shoe for a variety of hoof related problems. Additionally, a bar shoe is a favorite because it can prevent future hoof issues.
  • Rolled Toe A rolled- toe horseshoe has been used effectively for the rehabilitation of bowed tendons, suspensory problems, corns and heel pain in horses. Farriers will often use a rolled toe on a horse when they are trying to bring break over back (speed a foot up) on a horse. A rolled toe shoe can also help prevent horses from over reaching and possibly injuring themselves. Knowing how to fit a rolled toe shoe onto a horse is a skill that all farriers need to know.
  • Shoes with Clips: Many farriers know the value of toe clips and quarter clips, however in your area they are not really popular. Farriers have a couple of different types of clips to choose from: toe clips and quarter clips. Both types of clips are meant to help the shoe stay in place. Opinions on using clips greatly varies between farriers and horse owners. Some feel that they are necessary, while others do not see the need for them. To help reduce the friction between the hoof and horseshoe, some farriers like to use either toe clips or quarter clips. A farrier who places clips on horses must fit the hoof correctly. This insures that the job is clean and neat looking. Toe clips and quarter clips are good to use. Always keep an open mind if your farrier suggests using them on your horse.
  • Racing Plates: All race horses will need race plates. Many farriers who use race plates work on the racetrack. These shoes are made out of aluminum and the have what is called a toe grab on the front of the shoe, allowing the horse to be slightly faster than if they did not have it.
  • Polo Shoes: If you compete in polo, you want more traction for your horse as you are running and turning full speed on grass. Many farriers who shoe polo horses know the importance of traction for the athletes and horse's protection on the polo field.
  • Wedge Pads and Wedged Shoes: For horses with contracted heels or an under run heel, using wedged shoes and wedge pads is highly recommended. The main reason for using wedges is so that the horse will be correctly aligned in his joints, tendons, and ligaments. Without this corrective shoe, the horse may become lame. Most horseshoers in Gakona are very familiar with wedged pads and shoes and are able to apply them properly. Every horse is different, and depending on how bad your horses condition is will dictate the degree of wedge needed to keep your horse happy.

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Hiring a professional is the best solution any horse owner could choose. An experienced farrier in Gakona Alaska can help you decide what is best for your horse. Some people never have their horses shod and feel like riding them barefoot is more natural. Discuss this idea with your horseshoer and see what he/she thinks. Most farriers will openly give you valuable advice on any questions you have. Just ask them for their opinion for your situation. Some people will slap shoes on a horse not realizing that the anatomy of a horse coincides with a good shoe job. Improperly shod horses can lead to huge problems in the near and distant future. When you notice problems with your horse that you think may be foot related be sure to seek the advice of a local farrier or veterinarian right away.

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