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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"! We have networked with some great farriers in Girard that are well qualified to handle most shoeing and hoof care needs for most 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 Girard 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. The process is simple! Just click the call button or use the contact form to be connected with a farrier servicing your location.

Reasons Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

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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. Detecting and treating abscesses, vertical & horizontal cracks, lameness, hoof deformities and other foot problems are things a highly skilled farrier can fix and help to prevent. 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 Do Horses Need Shoes?

There are 3 primary reasons why you should have a farrier shoe your horse. The first reason for shoeing is for traction. Many MI performance horses require more traction than what they have barefoot. Helping a horse to gain better traction can help to prevent injuries to the horse and rider. Protection for the horse is the second reason. Some horses will wear their hoof down to the point of being sore. 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. Many horses will need some sort of specialty shoe in their life time. It could be due to an injury, or it could be due to bad conformation. Hooves that are improperly bearing weight can cause lameness, your local Girard MI horseshoer can help to correct these problems for you. 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.

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.

The general questions that they need answered will be:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • What type of horse facilities do you have?
  • How active is your horse?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • Where do you take your horse to ride? Is it rocky?
  • Is soft hooves an issue with your horse?
  • Are shoes necessary for your horse?

Finding A Well-Qualified Horse Shoer in Your 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: The majority of horses are shod using this method. The farrier will initially trim and balance the foot and inspect it for any potential problems. This is the preferred method for most horse owners because its quicker and less expensive when compared to hot shoeing. 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 good equine farriers know the importance of hot shoeing Hot shoeing allows them to do a better job for your equine as they can take out all the little imperfections in the trim, making the hoof natural balanced and level. In addition, when a farrier hot fits a horse, he is able to get a better fit with the horseshoe, leaving your horse happier. Just because horseshoers in Girard 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. Some horse owners do not want to pay extra for hot shoeing and this is why cold shoeing is the most commonly used method. 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: 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. 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: 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. While a lot of farriers may be certified they are not all specialists in therapeutic horseshoeing. The therapeutic specialists generally only work with horses that have lameness issues and they have gained extensive knowledge through training and experience. 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 you have a problematic soundness problem with your horse it is imperative that you use a specialist that can help your horse.

Girard 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 Girard 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. When a horse is losing blood to the hoof capsule, this shoe can be one of the best options to improve blood circulation. 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. On the other hand, enough pressure must be applied for the heart bar shoe to be effective. It cannot be stressed enough, when using the heart bar shoe, proper application is key. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: The eggbar is commonly used when a horse has contracted or under-run heels. Promoting heel growth is what this type of shoe is designed for. Horses with bad feet and leg problems can be fitted with an eggbar shoe.
  • Bar Shoe: A bar shoe is a therapeutic shoe that has a closed heel rather than an open heel. 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. 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. Knowing how to fit a rolled toe shoe onto a horse is a skill that all farriers need to know.
  • 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. Toe clips are often used on the front feet, while quarter clips are often used on the hind feet. A shoe with clips is not mandatory but, with a regular shoe the hoof and the shoe move slightly, and can lead to loosening nail holes, which leads to a horse losing a horseshoe. In order to ensure the least amount of friction between the horseshoe and the hoof, using clips is recommended by some farriers. 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: All race horses will need race plates. 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. Most farriers who shoe polo ponies are educated and understand the importance quality shoeing for the riders and the horse's protection on the field.
  • 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. In cases of minor lameness issues or strained deep flexor tendons, the wedged shoe and wedged pad can be extremely helpful. Many horseshoers in Girard 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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Because hoof care is so crucial for your horse, we highly recommend working with a professional. A highly-skilled farrier in Girard 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. Discuss this idea with your horseshoer and see what he/she thinks. Most farriers will openly give you valuable advice on any questions you have. Just ask them for their opinion for your situation. 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. 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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