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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. There is a lot of truth to the old saying no foot, no horse! Well qualified farriers are available that service Alpha and surrounding areas. They are highly qualified to cover most hoof care and shoeing requirements across a broad platform of equine requirements. Your hoof care expert will always listen to your needs and determine what is best for your horse to help them perform at their best.

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This horse owner focused website was built by our team to give you a direct and educated approach to finding a dependable and highly qualified horseshoer in the Alpha area. Our primary goal is to bridge the gap to help you find a horse shoer that is extremely qualified and reputable all while keeping it 100% FREE for horse owners to use. Getting connected is very simple! Just click on the call feature on this page to be connected with a horse farrier that services your area.

The Essentials of Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

Alpha Horseshoer trimming a horse in MI

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. 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. 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?

It has been said that there are only three reasons a farrier should shoe your horse. The first reason for shoeing is for traction. When it comes to most MI 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. Protecting the hoof is the second reason for shoeing. 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 reason is to help correct problems in the foot by means of corrective shoeing. Over a horses lifetime they may end up needing some type of specialty shoe. This could be required later on due to bad conformation or injuries. Your local Alpha MI 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 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. The reason for that is because there are so many factors that come into play. Just ask your farrier for their opinion on the best plan to help your horse.

Generally, your farrier will want to know:

  • How often are you riding your horse?
  • What does the horse live in?
  • How much physical activity does your horse get?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • What type of ground is your horse generally on?
  • Are your horse's hooves soft or crumbly?
  • What are the factors that make you think you horse may need horseshoes?

Finding A Well-Qualified Horse Shoer in Your Area

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

  • 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. 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: 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. There are a lot of horseshoers in Alpha area who do not hot shoe, and that does not mean they are bad. Some horse owners understand that it is more expensive to have their horse hot shod and they do not see any benefit to paying more. 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. 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: 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. When any equine requires a therapeutic horseshoer it is because they are lame and unusable. These people generally only work on horses with soundness issues and are very skilled at correction techniques. 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. Most of these guys will only work with lame horses and they have gone the extra mile to gain the experience and knowledge to help horses with soundness issues. They are specialists that really understand how a horse moves and what they need to do to bring the horse back into a nice comfort zone. 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.

Alpha MI Farrier Services for Most Horses

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

Farriers in Alpha Use Several Different Types of Horseshoes

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. In order to restore or increase blood circulation to horses hoof a farrier will likely choose a heart bar shoe. 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. 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. Once more, the key here in using this type of horseshoe is applying it properly. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: The eggbar is commonly used when a horse has contracted or under-run 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. 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. Many horses who have had tendon or ligament injuries will often do really well in a bar-shoe until they are 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. 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: Many farriers know the value of toe clips and quarter clips, however in your area they are not really popular. 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. To help reduce the friction between the hoof and horseshoe, some farriers like to use either toe clips or quarter clips. When using clips, a farrier is forced to fit the hoof perfectly. Otherwise the job will look sloppy. 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. The majority of farriers who work with race plates, also work full time at a racetrack. Racing horses need both high traction and speed. Racing plates are made of aluminum and have a toe grab on the front of the horseshoe. Racetrack farriers are experts with this type of shoe.
  • 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. 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: 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. A wedged shoe is a therapeutic shoe that is strictly for use on horses with specific conditions. These shoes will help prevent lameness. Your horseshoer in Alpha will have knowledge in how to properly apply pads for a horse. Your farrier will be able to access the degree of the wedge your horse requires.

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Hiring a professional is the best solution any horse owner could choose. A well-qualified farrier in Alpha Michigan knows what he is doing, and will be able to help you figure out if your horse needs horseshoes or not. Some people never have their horses shod and feel like riding them barefoot is more natural. Depending on how you use your horse this will be a topic you want to discuss with a 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. When you notice problems with your horse that you think may be foot related be sure to seek the advice of a local farrier or veterinarian right away.

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For Your Convenience, Michigan Horse Farrier Services Can Be Found in These Locations

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