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Our organization was built by horse owners and certified horseshoers that compete in various equestrian and farrier competitions throughout the United States. We are place extreme emphasis on proper hoof care and understand that a lot of our success is from using professionals to care for our horses. We thoroughly believe in the statement “No Foot, No Horse”. Giving you direct access to farriers in Ketchikan 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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Reasons Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

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There is nothing that affects the health and comfort of your horse more than proper horseshoeing. Building and maintaining a healthy foot is not something you want to compromise on to save a few dollars. The symmetry, balance and appearance of is very important to keeping your horse sound and healthy. Cutting corners on price can end up costing you a lot of money later. 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. These conditions can be detected and treated much earlier when your horse is seen regularly by a professional.

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. Many AK performance horses require more traction than what they have barefoot. Helping a horse to gain better traction can help to prevent injuries to the horse and rider. Protecting the hoof is the second reason for shoeing. Some horses will wear their hoof down to the point of being sore. If your horses foot wear exceeds the growth then it is always recommended they be shod to prevent lameness. Correcting foot related problems is the third reason people opt to shoe their horse. As a horse gets older, they may require some type of specialty shoe or have other foot related needs. Some horses have a bad conformation or may endure an injury that will require corrective shoeing to help keep them sound. Hooves that are improperly bearing weight can cause lameness, your local Ketchikan AK horseshoer can help to correct these problems for you. More times than not, a horse who needs corrective work done is due to bad horseshoeing for and extended amount of time. It is very important to find a farrier who knows what they are doing and is educated.

Are there signs that indicate that you may need a professional to shoe your horse? Most farriers have to answer these questions almost every day to new customers. It depends is the most common answer. The reason for that is because there are so many factors that come into play. Your farrier can provide a good solution that will help your horse the most but they need to understand a few things.

The general questions that they need answered will be:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • What type of horse facilities do you have?
  • How active is your horse?
  • Is your horse crippled or lame?
  • What type of terrain does your horse normally walk on?
  • Does your horse have soft hoofs?
  • Will having shoes improve your horse's performance?

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While a professional AK farrier is very knowledgeable in all aspects of shoeing, they may specialize in particular styles in the following areas:

  • Cold Shoeing: Most widely used style by most. The farrier will initially trim and balance the foot and inspect it for any potential problems. This is the preferred method for most horse owners because its quicker and less expensive when compared to hot shoeing. Farriers as a whole generally prefer the cold shoeing method because it is faster. With hot shoeing it takes additional time to build each shoe.
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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. One benefit of this method is that the shoe does fit your horse better. There are a lot of horseshoers in Ketchikan area who do not hot shoe, and that does not mean they are bad. Some horse owners understand that it is more expensive to have their horse hot shod and they do not see any benefit to paying more. 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: While many horses require the use of horseshoes, there are many that do not. If the horse is seldom used they may get along just fine without being shod. Most good farriers understand how to properly trim the foot of a lightly used horse so that any hoof chipping is minimized. A good farrier will always being looking for issues that may cause lameness in your horse. If they notice something, they may advise you to shoe the horse a few times to curtail any problems they have noticed.
  • Therapeutic Horseshoeing: Anytime you have a horse with soundness issues you will want to consult with a farrier that specializes in therapeutic work. Therapeutic shoeing can work miracles on horses that are lame. Oftentimes special techniques and custom shoes can help your horse become sound again. It is very import when searching for a horseshoer in your area that you make sure they have the credentials and references to work on your crippled or lame horse. A lot of farriers are professionals and do a great job but there are a select few that have been certified and specialize in therapeutic horseshoeing techniques. It takes years of experience horseshoeing and lots of education with bio mechanics and studying the way a horse moves to do a good job. If you have a problematic soundness problem with your horse it is imperative that you use a specialist that can help your horse.

Ketchikan AK Farrier Services for Performance Horses

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

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

Your farrier will recommend and use type of horseshoe that will benefit your horse the most. Here are some common varieties of shoes that are typically used:

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  • Heart Bar Shoe: The heart-bar horseshoe is used to promote blood flow into the hoof. In order to restore or increase blood circulation to horses hoof a farrier will likely choose a heart bar shoe. It is important to have a highly skilled farrier apply this shoe, as if to much pressure is place on the frog, the horse will become very uncomfortable and hurt. On another note, if a farrier does not apply enough pressure to the frog, the shoe will not be effective and the horse will continue to lose blood to the hoof capsule. Proper application of the hear bar shoe is crucial for the horse to get proper blood flow. 
  • 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. Horses with bad feet and leg problems can be fitted with an eggbar shoe.
  • Bar Shoe: A bar shoe is a therapeutic shoe that has a closed heel rather than an open heel. This type of shoe is constructed to allow the hoof capsule more support. A bar shoe is the preferred choice of many farriers when dealing with common issues like thin-soled horses or horses with quarter cracks in their hooves. 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. 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: 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. When using a regular shoe, the hoof and shoe move slightly. In just a short amount of time, this can lead to a horse losing a shoe. Clips are meant to help keep the shoe in place. In order to ensure the least amount of friction between the horseshoe and the hoof, using clips is recommended by some farriers. 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: Unless your horse is a race horse, there is no need for race plates. Farriers who work at the racetrack specialize in race plates. This type of horseshoe is made out of aluminum allowing for the lightest weight. Also because race horses need extra traction, race plates also have a toe grab for racing on all surfaces and conditions.
  • Polo Shoes: Polo Shoes: Special shoes are required for horses competing in polo. The shoes are lightweight, allow for maximum traction, and cannot be sharp or dangerous. 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: If your horse has contracted heels or an under run heel, your farrier will probably recommend wedge pads and wedge shoes for your horses. 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. A horseshoer in Ketchikan will be able to fit your horse properly in wedged shoes. Every horse has different needs and depending upon the condition of your horse, the farrier will decide what degree is required.

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Working with a equine professional is recommended for all horse owners. An experienced farrier in Ketchikan Alaska can help you decide what is best for your horse. Not all horse owners put shoes on their horses. They believe leaving them unshod is the most natural thing to do. 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. 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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