Locate a Horse Farrier That Services the Smithfield ME Area

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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 firmly believe in that adage “No Foot, No Horse”. Giving you direct access to farriers in Smithfield 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 will give you the peace of mind that your hoof care expert will listen to your needs and do what is best for your horse to help it perform at its peak level.

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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. 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. Horses can be prone to develop various hoof diseases and conditions like; laminitis, navicular disease, white line disease and other problems throughout their life. A regular visit from a professional is a great way to detect and treat these problems at a much earlier stage. This can add to the longevity of your horse.

Why Are Shoes Needed on Horses?

It has been said that there are only three reasons a farrier should shoe your horse. Reason number one is to give better traction. Many ME performance horses require more traction than what they have barefoot. 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. Oftentimes a horse can become sore due to wearing the hoof down on hard surfaces. 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. 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. In most situations your local Smithfield ME horseshoer can help correct problems like lameness and feet that are not bearing weight in the proper manner. It is very common for a horse that has been poorly shod for a long period of time to need corrective shoeing. This is why it is important to only use a professional farrier that knows what they are doing.

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. It depends is the most common answer. 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.

A few questions they will need answers to are:

  • In a typical month, how often do you ride?
  • Do you keep your horse in a stall or pasture?
  • How much physical activity does your horse get?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • Where do you take your horse to ride? Is it rocky?
  • Are your horse's hooves soft or crumbly?
  • Are shoes necessary for your horse?

Tips to Finding a Good Horse Shoer in Your Local Area

A good farrier ME is trained in all aspects of horseshoeing and is well rounded in the trade; his/her work should be consistent in the following categories:

  • Cold Shoeing: By far this is the most common method used today. 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. 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. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. Just because horseshoers in Smithfield 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. 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. 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: Most horses are typically shod but there are times that it is not necessary. 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. 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: Anytime you have a horse with soundness issues you will want to consult with a farrier that specializes in 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. If you have a problematic soundness problem with your horse it is imperative that you use a specialist that can help your horse.

Smithfield ME Farrier Services for Performance 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 Smithfield Use

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

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  • Heart Bar Shoe: When a horse has laminitis, this type of shoe is used. This horseshoe features a central triangular projection that covers the frog. Although the most common use of this shoe is for foundered horses, there are many other applications for this shoe. In order to avoid further damage to the horse's hoof, a farrier will be extremely careful when applying a heart bar shoe. Conversely, if a farrier is too cautious and does not apply enough pressure to the frog, the shoe will not work at all and the horse will not improve at all. 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. Promoting heel growth is what this type of shoe is designed for. 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. 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. For a horse with tendon or ligament injuries, farriers will use a bar shoe until the horse is completely 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. Whenever a farrier is trying to speed a foot up on a horse, they will use a rolled toe shoe. 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: 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. 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. When a farrier properly places clips on your horse, a large portion of the friction between the hoof and the horseshoe is removed from the equation. It is important for farriers using clips to make sure the shoe is adjusted correctly; this just makes the job look neat and professional. 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. 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: High performance horses that compete in polo need the best shoes for traction on grass. 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: 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 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 Smithfield will be able to fit your horse properly in wedged shoes. The seriousness of your horse's condition will dictate the degree of wedge needed for your horse.

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Working with a equine professional is recommended for all horse owners. Any knowledgeable farrier in Smithfield 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. If your horse is seldom used your horseshoer may agree that they should only trim the horse instead of shoeing it. 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. Many people can be improperly influenced by people who do not really understand the anatomy of a 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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