Locate a Farrier in the Kalkaska MI Area

Welcome to the FarrierNearMe.com locator site! It is now very easy to connect directly with a local horse shoer in your area. All the qualified farriers in our Kalkaska, Michigan program are professionals who have proven themselves to be; dependable, experienced, reasonably priced and highly qualified. Your hoof care expert for your area will have vast experience, knowledge & training in most facets of farrier science to provide you and your horse with the best solution for your equine needs.

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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! Well qualified farriers are available that service Kalkaska and surrounding areas. They are highly qualified to cover most hoof care and shoeing requirements across a broad platform of 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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This horse owner focused service was built with the intention of giving you direct access to a good reliable and highly qualified horseshoer that services the Kalkaska area. Connecting you with a reputable and highly qualified horse shoer is our primary goal and keeping it 100% FREE to all horse owners is our commitment. The gap has been bridged! Simply click on the call button on this page to be connected with a farrier in your area.

Reasons Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

Kalkaska Horseshoer trimming a horse in MI

Proper horseshoeing directly affects the health and performance of your horse. 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. 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. 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 Should I Put Shoes On?

There are 3 primary reasons why you should have a farrier shoe your horse. Traction is usually the first reason for most shoeing. Shoes provide much better traction for MI performance horses. Helping a horse to gain better traction can help to prevent injuries to the horse and rider. Hoof protection is generally the second reason. 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. Last but not least is to help correct foot related problems. Over a horses lifetime they may end up needing some type of specialty shoe. Injuries or bad conformation can cause the horse to need professional corrective shoeing. In most situations your local Kalkaska MI horseshoer can help correct problems like lameness and feet that are not bearing weight in the proper manner. It is very common for a horse that has been poorly shod for a long period of time to need corrective shoeing. It is very important to find a farrier who knows what they are doing and is educated.

What are the signs your horse may need a professional to apply horseshoes? These are typical questions that farriers have to answer daily. This question is not easily answered and it really depends. The primary reason is because there is a multitude of factors to be considered. Asking for you farriers opinion is the best way to devise a long term plan.

The general questions that they need answered will be:

  • How often are you riding your horse?
  • What does the horse live in?
  • How active is your horse?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • Do you live or ride your horse in rocks?
  • Does your horse have soft hoofs?
  • Are shoes necessary for your horse?

Find a Good Horse Shoer that Services 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. The farrier will initially trim and balance the foot and inspect it for any potential problems. Many people choose this method because it requires less skill and is much faster than other methods of horseshoeing. 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: 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. 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. One benefit of this method is that the shoe does fit your horse better. Just because horseshoers in Kalkaska 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. 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. 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. If the horse is seldom used they may get along just fine without being shod. 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. Many horses who come up lame need special horseshoes or corrective shoeing work done to them in order for them to become sound again. 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. 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.

Kalkaska 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

In the Kalkaska Area, Farriers Generally Use The Following Types of Horseshoes

Farriers use a variety of different Depending upon the condition of your horses hooves, how the horse is used, and other factors your farrier will likely choose one of these common styles of horseshoes:

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  • Heart Bar Shoe: The heart-bar horseshoe is used to promote blood flow into the hoof. 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 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. It cannot be stressed enough, when using the heart bar shoe, proper application is key. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: When a horse has a contracted or under-run heels, an eggbar shoe is used. Farries apply eggbar shoes on horses that have low or collapsed heels and need 360 degrees of support. Horses with bad feet and leg problems can be fitted with an eggbar shoe.
  • 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 horse that needs extra support for the hoof capsule will need a bar shoe. Many farriers use this shoe when dealing with issues like quarter cracks and thin-soled horses who may need just a little more 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. Whenever a farrier is trying to speed a foot up on a horse, they will use a rolled toe shoe. A rolled toe shoe can also help prevent horses from over reaching and possibly injuring themselves. 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. There are two types of clips: toe clips (used on the front feet) and quarter clips (used on the hind feet). 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. 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. Farriers who place clips on horses are also forced to fit the hoof correctly, otherwise the job comes out horrible looking. 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. Many farriers who use race plates work on the 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: Polo Shoes: Special shoes are required for horses competing in polo. The shoes are lightweight, allow for maximum traction, and cannot be sharp or dangerous. 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: It is a good idea to put a wedge pad or wedged shoes on your horse if you farrier tells you that your horse has contracted heels or an under run heel. 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. Most horseshoers in Kalkaska are very familiar with wedged pads and shoes and are able to apply them properly. The seriousness of your horse's condition will dictate the degree of wedge needed for your horse.

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Hiring a professional is the best solution any horse owner could choose. A highly-skilled farrier in Kalkaska Michigan will be able to recognize and help you determine if your horse needs shoes or not. Some horse owners prefer the more natural approach and never put shoes on their horses which is fine as long as there are no lameness issues. 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. 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. 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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