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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 100% agree with the saying "No Foot, No Horse"! Well qualified farriers are available that service Alton and surrounding areas. They are highly qualified to cover most hoof care and shoeing requirements across a broad platform of equine requirements. 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. Some people will go with the cheapest guy in town to save some money. When in reality it can end up costing them a lot more due to lameness and poor performance. The balance, symmetry and appearance of a healthy foot is not worth compromising over a few dollars. 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. Horses can be prone to develop various hoof diseases and conditions like; laminitis, navicular disease, white line disease and other problems throughout their life. When seen regularly by a professional a lot of these problems can be detected and treated at an earlier stage.

Why Do Horses Need Shoes?

These are the top three primary reasons why having a farrier shoe your horse is a good idea. The first reason is to increase traction and reduce slippage. When it comes to most ME performance horses they need more traction and shoes provides this for them. 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. When a foot wears down faster than it grows it can cause them to be lame. In this situation it is usually best to have the horse shod. The third and last reason people shoe horses is for correction. Many horses will need some sort of specialty shoe in their life time. Some horses have a bad conformation or may endure an injury that will require corrective shoeing to help keep them sound. In most situations your local Alton ME horseshoer can help correct problems like lameness and feet that are not bearing weight in the proper manner. 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.

Are there signs that indicate that you may need a professional to shoe your horse? These are typical questions that farriers have to answer daily. This question is not easily answered and it really depends. 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.

Typical questions they will as you are:

  • In a typical month, how often do you ride?
  • What does the horse live in?
  • What is your horse's activity level?
  • Do you have any concerns about lameness in your horse?
  • What type of terrain does your horse normally walk on?
  • Is soft hooves an issue with your horse?
  • What are the factors that make you think you horse may need horseshoes?

How to Find a Good Horse Shoer in Your 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: The majority of horses are shod using this method. This requires the farrier to be able to trim the hoof level enough to properly fit a shoe that was shaped without heat. Most people choose this method because it provides adequate coverage to protect their horses feet and it’s typically less expensive than 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: 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. There are very few horseshoers in Alton 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. 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: 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. 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: When a horse is lame or crippled, many times you might need to call a farrier who is qualified to do therapeutic work. 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. 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. 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.

Alton ME 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 Alton 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. When a horse is losing blood to the hoof capsule, this shoe can be one of the best options to improve blood circulation. 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 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. Once more, the key here in using this type of horseshoe is applying it properly. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: This is a corrective shoe that provides for extra heel support for sore horses. 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: A well designed horseshoe that offers support to the heel and frog spreading the weight evenly throughout the foot. This type of shoe is constructed to allow the hoof capsule more support. Many farriers use this shoe when dealing with issues like quarter cracks and thin-soled horses who may need just a little more support. For a horse with tendon or ligament injuries, farriers will use a bar shoe until the horse is completely healed up. 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 Some farrier belive this type of shoe can be helpful in removing leverage from the hoof capsule and other structures. Whenever a farrier is trying to speed a foot up on a horse, they will use a rolled toe shoe. 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. 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. 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. 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. Clips are a good thing, if your expert suggests them, do not be quick to shy away from the idea, trust their educated opinion.
  • 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: 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. 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: 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. 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 Alton 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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We encourage horse owners to employ a well-qualified professional for all hoof care. A well-qualified farrier in Alton Maine knows what he is doing, and will be able to help you figure out if your horse needs horseshoes or not. Not all horse owners put shoes on their horses. They believe leaving them unshod is the most natural thing to do. If your horse is seldom used your horseshoer may agree that they should only trim the horse instead of shoeing it. It is always best to ask advise from an expert, somebody who deals with horses on a daily basis. Many people can be improperly influenced by people who do not really understand the anatomy of a horse. A local professional farrier or veterinarian should be found if you notice any foot related problems such as lameness, hoof cracks or thrush.

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