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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. All the qualified farriers in our Southwest Harbor, Maine program are professionals who have proven themselves to be; dependable, experienced, reasonably priced and highly qualified. The hoof care professional in your area has extensive experience, expertise and training in most aspects of farrier science and can provide you with the best solution for your equine requirements.

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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”. You now have easier access to farriers in Southwest Harbor 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. We understand how difficult it can be to find a good hoof care expert. You now have direct access to a professional that will listen to your needs and provide the best solution for your horse.

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The Essentials of 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. Unfortunately certain horses can develop hoof diseases and other problems like white line disease, laminitis and navicular disease. 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. Traction is usually the first reason for most shoeing. Shoes provide much better traction for ME performance horses. Helping a horse to gain better traction can help to prevent injuries to the horse and rider. The second reason is for protection. Preventing soreness due to hoof wear, especially if the horse is constantly on hard ground. 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. Last but not least is to help correct foot related problems. Many horses will need some sort of specialty shoe in their life time. Injuries or bad conformation can cause the horse to need professional corrective shoeing. Your local Southwest Harbor ME horseshoer should be able to help correct lameness and horse hooves that are not shaped or bearing weight the way they should. 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 signs that indicate that you may need a professional to shoe your horse? These are typical questions that farriers have to answer daily. Each horse and owner are different so it really just depends. This varies a lot because there are several things to consider. The best way to figure it out is to get your farriers opinion.

The general questions that they need answered will be:

  • In a typical month, how often do you ride?
  • What does the horse live in?
  • What is your horse's activity level?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • Do you live or ride your horse in rocks?
  • Are your horse's hooves soft or crumbly?
  • Does your horse need shoes?

Find a Good Horse Shoer that Services 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: Most widely used style by most. Your farrier will first trim, balance and look the foot over to look for abscesses, soreness, bruising, cracks and thrush. Many people choose this method because it requires less skill and is much faster than other methods of horseshoeing. 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: 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. There are a lot of horseshoers in Southwest Harbor area who do not hot shoe, and that does not mean they are bad. 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: While many horses require the use of horseshoes, there are many that do not. Horses that see very light use may never need shoes. A horse without shoes is more prone to have chipped feet but good farriers know how to trim these horses so that the chipping is minimized. 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. Therapeutic shoeing can work miracles on horses that are lame. Oftentimes special techniques and custom shoes can help your horse 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. 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.

Southwest Harbor 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

The Most Common Types of Horseshoes Farriers in Southwest Harbor Use

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: When a horse has laminitis, this type of shoe is used. This horseshoe features a central triangular projection that covers the frog. In order to restore or increase blood circulation to horses hoof a farrier will likely choose a heart bar shoe. In order to avoid further damage to the horse's hoof, a farrier will be extremely careful when applying a heart bar shoe. On the other hand, enough pressure must be applied for the heart bar shoe to be effective. 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. 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: Bar Shoe: Horses that will benefit with this type of shoe include horses with sheared heels, white line disease, or quarter cracks. It allows the hoof capsule more support as there is a bar between the heels on the horse. 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 horseowners and farriers will prefer a bar-shoe for a horse with injuries of the tendons and ligaments. 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. 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: Depending upon the area you live in, the use of toe clips and quarter clips can be good or not. Toe clips are often used on the front feet, while quarter clips are often used on the hind feet. 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. It is important for farriers using clips to make sure the shoe is adjusted correctly; this just makes the job look neat and professional. 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. These shoes are made out of aluminum and the have what is called a toe grab on the front of the shoe, allowing the horse to be slightly faster than if they did not have it.
  • 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: For horses with contracted heels or an under run heel, using wedged shoes and wedge pads is highly recommended. In cases of minor lameness issues or strained deep flexor tendons, the wedged shoe and wedged pad can be extremely helpful. Many horseshoers in Southwest Harbor are well educated on using wedged shoes and pads. Every horse is different, and depending on how bad your horses condition is will dictate the degree of wedge needed to keep your horse happy.

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Hiring a professional is the best solution any horse owner could choose. An experienced farrier in Southwest Harbor Maine 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. 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. 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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