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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. We 100% agree with the saying "No Foot, No Horse"! Giving you direct access to farriers in Columbia 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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The Essentials of Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

Columbia Horseshoer trimming a horse in MI

Your horse’s health and performance is a direct correlation 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. These conditions can be detected and treated much earlier when your horse is seen regularly by a professional.

Why Do Horses Need Shoes?

There are 3 primary reasons why you should have a farrier shoe your horse. Traction is usually the first reason for most shoeing. When it comes to most MI performance horses they need more traction and shoes provides this for them. Gaining better traction can help to avoid accidents and prevent injuries to both the horse and the rider. Protection for the horse is the second reason. Oftentimes a horse can become sore due to wearing the hoof down on hard surfaces. 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. Correcting foot related problems is the third reason people opt to shoe their horse. 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. Your local Columbia 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.

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. This varies a lot because there are several things to consider. Your farrier can provide a good solution that will help your horse the most but they need to understand a few things.

Generally, your farrier will want to know:

  • Do you ride your horse often?
  • Do you stall your horse?
  • Is your horse active on a daily basis?
  • Is your horse crippled or lame?
  • Do you live or ride your horse in rocks?
  • 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: The most common way horses are shod. 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. 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. In addition, when a farrier hot fits a horse, he is able to get a better fit with the horseshoe, leaving your horse happier. There are a lot of horseshoers in Columbia 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. 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: While many horses require the use of horseshoes, there are many that do not. Horses that are not ridden or used very often are more than likely barefoot, meaning there is no horseshoe on the hoof. While foot chipping on an unshod horse is a concern most good farriers can trim a foot in a style that will minimize any chipping. 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. Therapeutic shoeing can work miracles on horses that are lame. Oftentimes special techniques and custom shoes can help your horse become sound again. It is very import when searching for a horseshoer in your area that you make sure they have the credentials and references to work on your crippled or lame 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. 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.

Columbia 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 Columbia Use Several Different Types of Horseshoes

Your farrier will recommend and use type of horseshoe that will benefit your horse the most. Here are some common varieties of shoes that are typically used:

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  • Heart Bar Shoe: To promote blood flow into the hoof, this type of shoes is typically used. Although the most common use of this shoe is for foundered horses, there are many other applications for this 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 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: An experienced, knowledgeable and skilled farrier will use an eggbar shoe for treating a horse with underslung heels. 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: A bar-shoe is a great tool to have when horses are having lameness issues. It allows the hoof capsule more support as there is a bar between the heels on the horse. Common problems such as quarter cracks and thin-soled horses can be corrected by using a bar shoe. 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 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: 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. Farriers have a couple of different types of clips to choose from: toe clips and quarter clips. Both types of clips are meant to help the shoe stay in place. 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. In order to ensure the least amount of friction between the horseshoe and the hoof, using clips is recommended by some farriers. 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. Farriers who work at the racetrack specialize in race plates. 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: 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. The reason for this is so your horse will be at the correct angle and his joints, tendons, and ligaments all align where they should, helping insure your horse does not become lame. A horseshoer in Columbia will be able to fit your horse properly in wedged shoes. 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. A well-qualified farrier in Columbia 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. If your horse is seldom used your horseshoer may agree that they should only trim the horse instead of shoeing it. Most farriers will openly give you valuable advice on any questions you have. Just ask them for their opinion for your situation. 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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