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Locating a good farrier is now simple with FarrierNearMe.com! You are able to communicate directly with a local horse shoer in your area. Farriers in Alfred, Maine that are on our website are well qualified in their profession. They have proven to be very trustworthy, skillful, decently priced and very skilled in their trade. Your hoof care expert for your area will have vast experience, knowledge & training in most facets of farrier science to provide you and your horse with the best solution for your equine needs.

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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 firmly believe in that adage “No Foot, No Horse”. You now have easier access to farriers in Alfred 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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Proper horseshoeing directly affects the health and performance of your horse. When it comes to hoof care, cheaper is not better. Building and maintaining the appearance, symmetry and balance of a healthy foot is something you want someone that is highly skilled to help you with. 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?

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. Shoes provide much better traction for ME performance horses. Creating better traction for horses is importance because it can help prevent serious injuries from slipping. Protection for the horse is the second reason. 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. It could be due to an injury, or it could be due to bad conformation. Your local Alfred ME horseshoer should be able to help correct lameness and horse hooves that are not shaped or bearing weight the way they should. When a horse needs corrective work, in many cases it is from poor horseshoeing for extended periods of time. Using a professional farrier is very vital to prevent problems such as this.

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. Just ask your farrier for their opinion on the best plan to help your horse.

He/She should ask you questions such as:

  • Do you ride your horse often?
  • Do you keep your horse in a stall or pasture?
  • How much physical activity does your horse get?
  • Are you aware of any lameness issues?
  • 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

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

  • Cold Shoeing: By far this is the most common method used today. Your farrier will first trim, balance and look the foot over to look for abscesses, soreness, bruising, cracks and thrush. 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. Most farriers prefer to use the cold shoeing method because they do not have to build shoes and they do not have to have to carry all the additional equipment required for hot shoeing.
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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. The farrier that hot shoes thoroughly believes they are doing a better job because each shoe is custom made for each foot. While debatable, it is a good point. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. Just because horseshoers in Alfred 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. 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 see very light use may never need shoes. Most good farriers understand how to properly trim the foot of a lightly used horse so that any hoof chipping is minimized. 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: 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. For lame horses that require corrective shoeing will need special shoes and shoeing techniques to help them stay sound. 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. If you have a problematic soundness problem with your horse it is imperative that you use a specialist that can help your horse.

Alfred ME Farrier Services for Most Horses

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

Types of Horseshoes Commonly Used by Farriers in Alfred

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: To promote blood flow into the hoof, this type of shoes is typically used. Although the most common use of this shoe is for foundered horses, there are many other applications for this 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 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. It cannot be stressed enough, when using the heart bar shoe, proper application is key. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: When a horse has a contracted or under-run heels, an eggbar shoe is used. Farries apply eggbar shoes on horses that have low or collapsed heels and need 360 degrees of support. 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 well designed horseshoe that offers support to the heel and frog spreading the weight evenly throughout the foot. A horse that needs extra support for the hoof capsule will need a bar shoe. 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 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: Depending upon the area you live in, the use of toe clips and quarter clips can be good or not. 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. A shoe with clips is not mandatory but, with a regular shoe the hoof and the shoe move slightly, and can lead to loosening nail holes, which leads to a horse losing a horseshoe. In order to ensure the least amount of friction between the horseshoe and the hoof, using clips is recommended by some farriers. 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. 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: High performance horses that compete in polo need the best shoes for traction 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. Your horseshoer in Alfred 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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We encourage horse owners to employ a well-qualified professional for all hoof care. Any knowledgeable farrier in Alfred Maine can evaluate your horse and give you hoof care recommendations. 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 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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For Your Convenience, Maine Horse Farrier Services Can Be Found in These Locations

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