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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 100% agree with the saying "No Foot, No Horse"! Well qualified farriers are available that service West Gardiner and surrounding areas. They are highly qualified to cover most hoof care and shoeing requirements across a broad platform of equine requirements. 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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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. Some horse also have a tendency to develop hoof diseases and conditions such as navicular disease, white line disease, and laminitis. These conditions can be detected and treated much earlier when your horse is seen regularly by a professional.

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. 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. Extreme hoof wear can occur on some horses and it will cause soreness. 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. The third and last reason people shoe horses is for correction. As a horse gets older, they may require some type of specialty shoe or have other foot related needs. Injuries or bad conformation can cause the horse to need professional corrective shoeing. Generally your local West Gardiner ME horseshoer can usually help correct hooves that are not bearing weight and shaped the correct way. This alone will help curtail lameness problems. More times than not, a horse who needs corrective work done is due to bad horseshoeing for and extended amount of time. Using a professional farrier is very vital to prevent problems such as this.

What signs to look for that indicates you need a professional to do your horseshoeing. 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. 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:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • What type of horse facilities do you have?
  • How much physical activity does your horse get?
  • Is your horse crippled or lame?
  • Do you live or ride your horse in rocks?
  • Are your horse's hooves soft or crumbly?
  • Are shoes necessary for your horse?

Find a Good Horse Shoer that Services Your Area

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

  • Cold Shoeing: The majority of horses are shod using this method. Initially your farrier will trim and balance the foot and also take mental notes of any abscesses, bruising, cracks, soreness, or 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. 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. One benefit of this method is that the shoe does fit your horse better. Just because horseshoers in West Gardiner 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. 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: The majority of horses are shod most of their life, there are some that do not need it. If the horse is seldom used they may get along just fine without being shod. 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: 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. 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. Many farriers are not qualified and have not been certified to do therapeutic horseshoeing. It takes years of experience horseshoeing and lots of education with bio mechanics and studying the way a horse moves to do a good job. 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.

West Gardiner 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 West Gardiner 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: 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. 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. Once more, the key here in using this type of horseshoe is applying it properly. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: An experienced, knowledgeable and skilled farrier will use an eggbar shoe for treating a horse with underslung heels. Additionally, a horse suffering from navicular syndrome will commonly need to have eggbar shoes. 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. 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 horses who have had tendon or ligament injuries will often do really well in a bar-shoe until they are 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. 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: Depending upon the area you live in, the use of toe clips and quarter clips can be good or not. 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. 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. 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: All race horses will need race plates. The majority of farriers who work with race plates, also work full time at a 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: 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. A lot of farriers do understand how dangerous the sport of polo can be. They will use only the best horseshoes offering the best safety benefits.
  • Wedge Pads and Wedged Shoes: If your horse has contracted heels or an under run heel, your farrier will probably recommend wedge pads and wedge shoes for your horses. A wedged shoe is a therapeutic shoe that is strictly for use on horses with specific conditions. These shoes will help prevent lameness. Many horseshoers in West Gardiner are well educated on using wedged shoes and pads. Every horse has different needs and depending upon the condition of your horse, the farrier will decide what degree is required.

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We encourage horse owners to employ a well-qualified professional for all hoof care. An experienced farrier in West Gardiner 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. If your horse is seldom used your horseshoer may agree that they should only trim the horse instead of shoeing it. The best place to get advice is from an expert, these people work with horses daily and can give you some very valuable insight. 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. 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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