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Our team is comprised of professional horseshoers and horse owners who participate in various equestrian sports and proper hoof care is our #1 priority. We thoroughly believe in the statement “No Foot, No Horse”. Well qualified farriers are available that service Alpine 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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Is Equine Hoof Care Really Essential?

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There is a direct connection between the health and performance of your horse with proper horseshoeing. While it is tempting to save money by trying to shoe your own horse, if you are not trained on observing the appearance, balance, and symmetry of a normal hoof, it is a job that is better left to a pro. 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. Some horse also have a tendency to develop hoof diseases and conditions such as navicular disease, white line disease, and laminitis. With regular visits, these conditions may be detected and treated much earlier.

Why Are Shoes Needed on Horses?

There are 3 primary reasons why you should have a farrier shoe your horse. Reason number one is to give better traction. Shoes provide much better traction for MI performance horses. Gaining better traction can help to avoid accidents and prevent injuries to both the horse and the rider. Hoof protection is generally the second reason. 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. Generally, when a horse ages they may require some sort of specialty shoe to help them live more comfortably. It could be due to an injury, or it could be due to bad conformation. Generally your local Alpine MI 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. 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? Questions like this are answered by farriers almost on a daily basis. 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. Your farrier can provide a good solution that will help your horse the most but they need to understand a few things.

He/She should ask you questions such as:

  • In a typical month, how often do you ride?
  • What does the horse live in?
  • Is your horse active on a daily basis?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • Do you live or ride your horse in rocks?
  • Is soft hooves an issue with your horse?
  • Will having shoes improve your horse's performance?

Tips to Finding a Good Horse Shoer in Your Local Area

While a professional MI 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. While hot shoeing may have a couple more advantages it is generally more expensive so this is by far the most preferred method for most horse owners. 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: Many farriers that take great pride in their work will not cold shoe at all. They really prefer the blacksmith farrier style of building their own shoes. 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 Alpine 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. Arguably some people view a hot farrier as one of the elite because they have a traditional skillset that most horseshoers don’t possess.
  • Trimming: Not all horses require shoes. When a horse is not ridden very frequently they may not need shoes at all. 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. 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: If your horse is having problems staying sound, a farrier that specializes in therapeutic shoeing may be able to help 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. Many farriers are not qualified and have not been certified to do therapeutic horseshoeing. 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. If a unqualified person is hired to do a job he does not understand the consequences to, then your horse could become more lame and have more issues than you started with.

Alpine MI Farrier Services for Performance Horses

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

In the Alpine Area, Farriers Generally Use The Following 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: The heart-bar horseshoe is used to promote blood flow into the hoof. There are many applications for this shoe, the most common is a horse that has foundered and is losing blood to the hoof capsule. 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. 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. Proper application of the hear bar shoe is crucial for the horse to get proper blood flow. 
  • 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. If a horse needs extra support for the back of the leg and feet, then this eggbar shoe can be tremendously helpful.
  • Bar Shoe: Bar Shoe: Horses that will benefit with this type of shoe include horses with sheared heels, white line disease, or quarter cracks. A bar shoe often provides much needed relief and promotes healing. A bar shoe is the preferred choice of many farriers when dealing with common issues like thin-soled horses or horses with quarter cracks in their hooves. Many horseowners and farriers will prefer a bar-shoe for a horse with injuries of the tendons and ligaments. 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 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. All farriers should understand the concept of and know how to properly place a rolled toe onto a horseshoe.
  • Shoes with Clips: Farriers know the value of using toe clips and quarter clips, However, they are more popular in some areas and not so much in others. There are two types of clips: toe clips (used on the front feet) and quarter clips (used on the hind feet). 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. A farrier who places clips on horses must fit the hoof correctly. This insures that the job is clean and neat looking. If you have been wanting to try clips, discuss it with your farrier and consider his/her expert opinion when making decision.
  • Racing Plates: If your horse is a race horse, then you will definitely need to have race plates put on your 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: 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 Alpine 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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We encourage horse owners to employ a well-qualified professional for all hoof care. An experienced farrier in Alpine Michigan can help you decide what is best for your horse. 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. 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. 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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For Your Convenience, Michigan Farriers Can Be Found in These Locations

Clarence : Brighton : Ortonville : Lilley : Beecher : Cutlerville : Waterford : St. Clair Shores : Pine : Blendon : Williamstown

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