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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 thoroughly believe in the statement “No Foot, No Horse”. Giving you direct access to farriers in Stockbridge is our primary goal. These handpicked professionals are highly skilled in just about every aspect and can provide you with exceptional equine hoof care. Your hoof care expert will always listen to your needs and determine what is best for your horse to help them perform at their best.

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Is Equine Hoof Care Really Essential?

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Proper horseshoeing directly affects the health and performance of your horse. 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. When you use a highly skilled farrier, they are trained to detect and treat; lameness, hoof wall cracks, abscesses, foot tenderness and other problems you horse may have. Unfortunately certain horses can develop hoof diseases and other problems like white line disease, laminitis and navicular disease. With regular visits, these conditions may be detected and treated much earlier.

Why Should I Put Shoes On?

These are the top three primary reasons why having a farrier shoe your horse is a good idea. Traction is usually the first reason for most shoeing. A lot of MA 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. The second reason is for protection. Extreme hoof wear can occur on some horses and it will cause soreness. If your horses foot wear exceeds the growth then it is always recommended they be shod to prevent lameness. Last but not least is to help correct foot related problems. 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 Stockbridge MA 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. 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? These are typical questions that farriers have to answer daily. Each horse and owner are different so it really just depends. Horseshoeing is not a one technique fits all practice. There are multiple things to be considered. Just ask your farrier for their opinion on the best plan to help your horse.

Typical questions they will as you are:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • Do you keep your horse in a stall or pasture?
  • Is your horse active on a daily basis?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • What type of ground is your horse generally on?
  • Does your horse have soft hoofs?
  • Will having shoes improve your horse's performance?

Tips to Finding a Good Horse Shoer in Your Local Area

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

  • Cold Shoeing: Most widely used style by most. This requires the farrier to be able to trim the hoof level enough to properly fit a shoe that was shaped without heat. Many people choose this method because it requires less skill and is much faster than other methods of horseshoeing. 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. 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. One benefit of this method is that the shoe does fit your horse better. Just because horseshoers in Stockbridge 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. In fact, the majority of owners do not want to pay extra to have their horse be hot shod. 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. 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: When a horse is lame or crippled, many times you might need to call a farrier who is qualified to do 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. While a lot of farriers may be certified they are not all specialists in therapeutic horseshoeing. The therapeutic specialists generally only work with horses that have lameness issues and they have gained extensive knowledge through training and experience. 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. 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.

Stockbridge MA Farrier Services for All Horses

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

The Most Common Types of Horseshoes Farriers in Stockbridge Use

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 other hand, enough pressure must be applied for the heart bar shoe to be effective. Proper application of the hear bar shoe is crucial for the horse to get proper blood flow. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: This is a corrective shoe that provides for extra heel support for sore horses. Farries apply eggbar shoes on horses that have low or collapsed heels and need 360 degrees of support. 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 bar shoe is a therapeutic shoe that has a closed heel rather than an open heel. 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. 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 Some farrier belive this type of shoe can be helpful in removing leverage from the hoof capsule and other structures. 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. Every farrier should know how to properly place a rolled toe onto a horseshoe and apply it to their everyday work for the horses who need it.
  • 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. 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. 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. Your farrier may make the recommendation of using clips, trust his/her opinion and give it a try.
  • Racing Plates: The only time a horse needs racing plates is if it is a race horse. The majority of farriers who work with race plates, also work full time at a racetrack. Racing horses need both high traction and speed. Racing plates are made of aluminum and have a toe grab on the front of the horseshoe. Racetrack farriers are experts with this type of shoe.
  • 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. 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: It is a good idea to put a wedge pad or wedged shoes on your horse if you farrier tells you that your horse has contracted heels or an under run heel. A wedged shoe is a therapeutic shoe that is strictly for use on horses with specific conditions. These shoes will help prevent lameness. Your horseshoer in Stockbridge will have knowledge in how to properly apply pads for a horse. The seriousness of your horse's condition will dictate the degree of wedge needed for your horse.

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Because hoof care is so crucial for your horse, we highly recommend working with a professional. A well-qualified farrier in Stockbridge Massachusetts knows what he is doing, and will be able to help you figure out if your horse needs horseshoes or not. Some people never have their horses shod and feel like riding them barefoot is more natural. 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. A good farrier is extensively educated when it comes to the anatomy of a horse and this is very important to properly shoe any horse. When hoof issues come up, or you see something on your horse's hoofs that looks out of the ordinary, it is always best to get an opinion from an educated farrier or local veterinarian.

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