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We ourselves are horse owners and horseshoers that compete in a wide range of equestrian sports and we put hoof care #1 on our list of necessities. There is a lot of truth to the old saying no foot, no horse! You now have easier access to farriers in Los Gatos using our website and FREE call in or email features. These are very well rounded and qualified professionals that can handle all your equine hoof care needs. This gives you the peace of mind that you are providing the best hoof care needs for your horse.

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Why Equine Hoof Care is Essential

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Your horse’s health and performance is a direct correlation with 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. 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. When seen regularly by a professional a lot of these problems can be detected and treated at an earlier stage.

Are Shoes Really Necessary?

These are the top three primary reasons why having a farrier shoe your horse is a good idea. The first reason for shoeing is for traction. A lot of CA performance horses need more traction than they would normally have without shoes. Creating better traction for horses is importance because it can help prevent serious injuries from slipping. 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 and last reason people shoe horses is for correction. Over a horses lifetime they may end up needing some type of specialty shoe. Injuries or bad conformation can cause the horse to need professional corrective shoeing. Generally your local Los Gatos CA horseshoer can usually help correct hooves that are not bearing weight and shaped the correct way. This alone will help curtail lameness problems. 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. That is why it’s vital to only use a highly qualified farrier to shoe your horse.

Are there any common signs that your horse needs to have a professional shoe them? Most farriers have to answer these questions almost every day to new customers. It depends is the most common answer. This varies a lot because there are several things to consider. 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:

  • How often are you riding your horse?
  • What type of horse facilities do you have?
  • How much physical activity does your horse get?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • What type of ground is your horse generally on?
  • How soft are your horse's hooves?
  • Will having shoes improve your horse's performance?

How to Find a Good Horse Shoer in Your Area

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

  • Cold Shoeing: The most common way horses are shod. Initially your farrier will trim and balance the foot and also take mental notes of any abscesses, bruising, cracks, soreness, or thrush. This is the preferred method for most horse owners because its quicker and less expensive when compared to 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: Many farriers that take great pride in their work will not cold shoe at all. They really prefer the blacksmith farrier style of building their own shoes. Many of them feel like they do a better job when they use this method. They try to natural balance the foot and the hot shoe take help remedy other small imperfections. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. There are very few horseshoers in Los Gatos 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. 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. 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: 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. While foot chipping on an unshod horse is a concern most good farriers can trim a foot in a style that will minimize any chipping. 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: 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. 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. 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. 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.

Los Gatos CA Farrier Services for All Horses

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

Farriers in Los Gatos Use Several Different Types of Horseshoes

There is a wide variety of horseshoes available today. Here are some of the most popular types:

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  • Heart Bar Shoe: The heart-bar horseshoe is used to promote blood flow into the hoof. Although the most common use of this shoe is for foundered horses, there are many other applications for this shoe. 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 other hand, enough pressure must be applied for the heart bar shoe to be effective. Once again, it is very important that the heart bar be applied properly so it promotes blood flow in the hoof. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: An experienced, knowledgeable and skilled farrier will use an eggbar shoe for treating a horse with underslung heels. Promoting heel growth is what this type of shoe is designed for. 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: Bar Shoe: Horses that will benefit with this type of shoe include horses with sheared heels, white line disease, or quarter cracks. A horse that needs extra support for the hoof capsule will need a bar shoe. Most farriers will agree that this is the best type of shoe for horse with quarter cracks, thin-soled horses, or any horse that needs extra support. Many horses who have had tendon or ligament injuries will often do really well in a bar-shoe until they are healed up. Many experts in the field of equine podiatry prefer the bar shoe. Not only can a bar shoes help solve hoof issues, but they can also help prevent future issues.
  • 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: Many farriers know the value of toe clips and quarter clips, however in your area they are not really popular. 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. While some horse owners do not use clips, they are beneficial to those who want better control of how the shoe fits and stays on. A large portion of the friction between the hoof and the horseshoe is removed from the equation when a farrier properly places clips on your horse. 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: Unless your horse is a race horse, there is no need for race plates. Many farriers who use race plates work on the racetrack. Aluminum race shoes are lightweight and have a toe grab on the front of the horseshoe. This allows for maximum traction and speed in a performance horse.
  • Polo Shoes: If you compete in polo, you want more traction for your horse as you are running and turning full speed on grass. 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: When a farrier tells you your horse might have contracted heels or under run heel, he might tell you it is a good idea to put a wedge pad or wedged shoe on your horse. The reason for this is so your horse will be at the correct angle and his joints, tendons, and ligaments all align where they should, helping insure your horse does not become lame. Many horseshoers in Los Gatos are well educated on using wedged shoes and pads. Your farrier will be able to access the degree of the wedge your horse requires.

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Working with a equine professional is recommended for all horse owners. An experienced farrier in Los Gatos California 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. If your horse is seldom used your horseshoer may agree that they should only trim the horse instead of shoeing it. The best place to get advice is from an expert, these people work with horses daily and can give you some very valuable insight. 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. 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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