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We ourselves are horse owners and horseshoers that compete in a wide range of equestrian sports and we put hoof care #1 on our list of necessities. There is a lot of truth to the old saying no foot, no horse! We have networked with some great farriers in Ford River that are well qualified to handle most shoeing and hoof care needs for most equine requirements. 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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Why Equine Hoof Care is Essential

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There is nothing that affects the health and comfort of your horse more than 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. 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?

These are the top three primary reasons why having a farrier shoe your horse is a good idea. Traction is usually the first reason for most shoeing. A lot of MI performance horses need more traction than they would normally have without shoes. Gaining better traction can help to avoid accidents and prevent injuries to both the horse and the rider. The second reason is for protection. Oftentimes a horse can become sore due to wearing the hoof down on hard surfaces. 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. Correcting foot related problems is the third reason people opt to shoe their horse. 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 Ford River 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. This is why it is important to only use a professional farrier that knows what they are doing.

Are there any common signs that your horse needs to have a professional shoe them? Questions like this are answered by farriers almost on a daily basis. It depends is the most common answer. This varies a lot because there are several things to consider. Asking for you farriers opinion is the best way to devise a long term plan.

The general questions that they need answered will be:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • Do you stall your horse?
  • How active is your horse?
  • Is your horse crippled or lame?
  • Do you live or ride your horse in rocks?
  • Is soft hooves an issue with your horse?
  • What are the factors that make you think you horse may need horseshoes?

How to Find a Good 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 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. Most people choose this method because it provides adequate coverage to protect their horses feet and it’s typically less expensive than hot shoeing. 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: Many good equine farriers know the importance of hot shoeing 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. There are very few horseshoers in Ford River area that do not use this method. It does not mean they are less qualified to take care of your horse. They just prefer cold shoeing instead. 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. If a farrier is equipped with the tools and skills to hot shoe, that is usually a good indicator he has taken the time to learn his trade and takes pride in his work.
  • 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. Most good farriers understand how to properly trim the foot of a lightly used horse so that any hoof chipping is minimized. A good farrier will always being looking for issues that may cause lameness in your horse. If they notice something, they may advise you to shoe the horse a few times to curtail any problems they have noticed.
  • Therapeutic Horseshoeing: When a horse is lame or crippled, many times you might need to call a farrier who is qualified to do therapeutic work. 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. 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. If you have a problematic soundness problem with your horse it is imperative that you use a specialist that can help your horse.

Ford River 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

Types of Horseshoes Commonly Used by Farriers in Ford River

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: 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. 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 another note, if a farrier does not apply enough pressure to the frog, the shoe will not be effective 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. Promoting heel growth is what this type of shoe is designed for. 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 well designed horseshoe that offers support to the heel and frog spreading the weight evenly throughout the foot. A horse that needs extra support for the hoof capsule will need a bar shoe. 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. 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. A rolled toe shoe can also help prevent horses from over reaching and possibly injuring themselves. All farriers should understand the concept of and know how to properly place a rolled toe onto a horseshoe.
  • Shoes with Clips: The use of shoes with clips may be an option if your goal is to provide more stability of the shoe. 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. When using a regular shoe, the hoof and shoe move slightly. In just a short amount of time, this can lead to a horse losing a shoe. Clips are meant to help keep the shoe in place. 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: 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. 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: If you compete in polo, you want more traction for your horse as you are running and turning full speed 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: If your horse has contracted heels or an under run heel, your farrier will probably recommend wedge pads and wedge shoes for your horses. In cases of minor lameness issues or strained deep flexor tendons, the wedged shoe and wedged pad can be extremely helpful. Your horseshoer in Ford River will have knowledge in how to properly apply pads for a horse. 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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Because hoof care is so crucial for your horse, we highly recommend working with a professional. A highly-skilled farrier in Ford River Michigan will be able to recognize and help you determine if your horse needs shoes or not. 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. Advice from someone that works with horses daily is very valuable! Most farriers do not mind your questions and you will gain knowledge by asking. The anatomy of the horse is a very important equation when it comes to properly shoeing your 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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