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Our team is very experienced and made up of horse owners and certified horseshoers that are involved in a wide range of equestrian activities. Maintaining proper hoof care is a necessity and something we take very seriously. We firmly believe in that adage “No Foot, No Horse”. We have networked with some great farriers in Gustavus that are well qualified to handle most shoeing and hoof care needs for most equine requirements. This will give you the peace of mind that your hoof care expert will listen to your needs and do what is best for your horse to help it perform at its peak level.

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Reasons Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

Gustavus Horseshoer trimming a horse in AK

There is nothing that affects the health and comfort of your horse more than proper horseshoeing. 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. Detecting and treating abscesses, vertical & horizontal cracks, lameness, hoof deformities and other foot problems are things a highly skilled farrier can fix and help to prevent. Some horse also have a tendency to develop hoof diseases and conditions such as navicular disease, white line disease, and laminitis. With regular visits, these conditions may be detected and treated much earlier.

Why Do Horses Need Shoes?

There are 3 primary reasons why you should have a farrier shoe your horse. Traction is usually the first reason for most shoeing. Shoes provide much better traction for AK performance horses. It is important to help horses who need more traction, because if they do not have it when needed, injures could occur. The second reason is for protection. Extreme hoof wear can occur on some horses and it will cause soreness. Horses can become lame if the wear exceeds the growth of the foot. In cases like this it is recommended to have your horse shod. The third reason is to help correct problems in the foot by means of corrective shoeing. Over a horses lifetime they may end up needing some type of specialty shoe. It could be due to an injury, or it could be due to bad conformation. In most situations your local Gustavus AK horseshoer can help correct problems like lameness and feet that are not bearing weight in the proper manner. When a horse has been shod incorrectly of a long period of time it is very common for them to need some type of corrective shoeing. It is very important to find a farrier who knows what they are doing and is educated.

What are the signs your horse may need a professional to apply horseshoes? These are typical questions that farriers have to answer daily. The most common answers is, it depends. The primary reason is because there is a multitude of factors to be considered. The best way to figure it out is to get your farriers opinion.

Generally, your farrier will want to know:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • What does the horse live in?
  • Is your horse active on a daily basis?
  • Is your horse crippled or lame?
  • What type of ground is your horse generally on?
  • Is soft hooves an issue with your horse?
  • What are the factors that make you think you horse may need horseshoes?

Tips to Finding a Good Horse Shoer in Your Local Area

A good farrier AK is trained in all aspects of horseshoeing and is well rounded in the trade; his/her work should be consistent in the following categories:

  • Cold Shoeing: The majority of horses are shod using this method. The farrier will initially trim and balance the foot and inspect it for any potential problems. While hot shoeing may have a couple more advantages it is generally more expensive so this is by far the most preferred method for most horse owners. 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: Some equine farriers place a higher importance on hot shoeing than others. It’s really a personal preference, unless the horse requires it for some reason. 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. In addition, when a farrier hot fits a horse, he is able to get a better fit with the horseshoe, leaving your horse happier. Just because horseshoers in Gustavus area do not hot shoe does not mean that they cannot do a proper shoeing job. Hot or Cold shoeing is just a preference of each farrier. A lot of horse owners do not want their horse hot shod because it is more time consuming and more costly when compared to cold shoeing. If a farrier is equipped with the tools and skills to hot shoe, that is usually a good indicator he has taken the time to learn his trade and takes pride in his work.
  • Trimming: Not all horses require shoes. Horses that are not ridden or used very often are more than likely barefoot, meaning there is no horseshoe on the hoof. 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. In addition, if a horse is becoming a bit lame, or the farrier sees an issue that may cause the horse to become lame, it is their duty to discuss with owner and possibly place shoes on that horse to prevent injury or lameness.
  • Therapeutic Horseshoeing: In most cases a therapeutic farrier only works with horses that have lameness issues. So if your horse falls into this category you definitely want to have a therapeutic farrier caring for your horse. Therapeutic shoeing can work miracles on horses that are lame. Oftentimes special techniques and custom shoes can help your horse become sound again. A horseshoer that only works on crippled or lame horses are specialists that have vast knowledge on how to care for your horse. Many farriers are not qualified and have not been certified to do therapeutic horseshoeing. These guys are specialists in their trade and have had extensive experience and continual education to understand every aspect of horse movement, effects and how to best help the horse. Even good farriers that are highly skilled will generally recommend you use a specialists because they understand the benefits your horse will receive are much better.

Gustavus AK Farrier Services for All Horses

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

In the Gustavus Area, Farriers Generally Use The Following Types of Horseshoes

Farriers use a variety of different Depending upon the condition of your horses hooves, how the horse is used, and other factors your farrier will likely choose one of these common styles of horseshoes:

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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. Many farriers are very cautious when applying this type of shoe. When applied incorrectly, the horse will be sore and uncomfortable. Conversely, if a farrier is too cautious and does not apply enough pressure to the frog, the shoe will not work at all and the horse will not improve at all. Once more, the key here in using this type of horseshoe is applying it properly. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: An experienced, knowledgeable and skilled farrier will use an eggbar shoe for treating a horse with underslung heels. Additionally, a horse suffering from navicular syndrome will commonly need to have eggbar shoes. When fitted by an expert farrier, the eggbar horsehoe can be highly effective for treatment of injury or other such problems of the back of the leg.
  • Bar Shoe: A well designed horseshoe that offers support to the heel and frog spreading the weight evenly throughout the foot. A bar shoe often provides much needed relief and promotes healing. Many farriers use this shoe when dealing with issues like quarter cracks and thin-soled horses who may need just a little more support. Many horses who have had tendon or ligament injuries will often do really well in a bar-shoe until they are healed up. This shoe is a favorite of many experts because it has so many uses and can help not only solve hoof issues, but prevent possible injuries or issues in the future.
  • Rolled Toe This modification is very easy to do. This particular shoe is useful when trying to bring break over back on a horse. This kind of horseshoe is ideal for horses on dirt and moving fast such as barrel racing. This shoe provides a roll in the toe to ease motion and reduce stress on the hoof and leg decreasing the chance of injury. Knowing how to fit a rolled toe shoe onto a horse is a skill that all farriers need to know.
  • Shoes with Clips: The use of shoes with clips may be an option if your goal is to provide more stability of the shoe. Quarter clips, also called side clips, prevent the shoe from twisting sideways on the foot; toe clips prevent the foot from sliding forward off the shoe. 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. When a farrier properly places clips on your horse, a large portion of the friction between the hoof and the horseshoe is removed from the equation. When using clips, a farrier is forced to fit the hoof perfectly. Otherwise the job will look sloppy. If you have been wanting to try clips, discuss it with your farrier and consider his/her expert opinion when making decision.
  • Racing Plates: The only time a horse needs racing plates is if it is a race horse. 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: When competing in the sport of polo, it is crucial that your farrier used polo shoes that are carefully engineered to offer better traction, turns, and breakover. Most farriers who shoe polo ponies are educated and understand the importance quality shoeing for the riders and the horse's protection on the 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. In cases of minor lameness issues or strained deep flexor tendons, the wedged shoe and wedged pad can be extremely helpful. Your horseshoer in Gustavus will have knowledge in how to properly apply pads for a horse. 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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Because hoof care is so crucial for your horse, we highly recommend working with a professional. A highly-skilled farrier in Gustavus Alaska will be able to recognize and help you determine if your horse needs shoes or not. Many people do choose to ride their horses barefoot as they feel that is the natural way to do things. There are times when a horse does not need to be shod. If you ask an experienced horseshoer they can generally tell you if they suggest only a trim, a partial or full set of shoes. Advice from someone that works with horses daily is very valuable! Most farriers do not mind your questions and you will gain knowledge by asking. The anatomy of the horse is a very important equation when it comes to properly shoeing your horse. If you ever notice abnormal issues with your horse and you think it's foot related, seek the advice of a professional farrier or local veterinarian.

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