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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. We 100% agree with the saying "No Foot, No Horse"! Well qualified farriers are available that service Merritt and surrounding areas. They are highly qualified to cover most hoof care and shoeing requirements across a broad platform of equine requirements. We understand how difficult it can be to find a good hoof care expert. You now have direct access to a professional that will listen to your needs and provide the best solution for your horse.

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The Essentials of Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

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There is nothing that affects the health and comfort of your horse more than proper horseshoeing. When it comes to hoof care, cheaper is not better. Building and maintaining the appearance, symmetry and balance of a healthy foot is something you want someone that is highly skilled to help you with. 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. Horses can be prone to develop various hoof diseases and conditions like; laminitis, navicular disease, white line disease and other problems throughout their life. 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 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. A lot of MI performance horses need more traction than they would normally have without shoes. Creating better traction for horses is importance because it can help prevent serious injuries from slipping. Protecting the hoof is the second reason for shoeing. Some horses will wear their hoof down to the point of being sore. If your horses foot wear exceeds the growth then it is always recommended they be shod to prevent lameness. The third reason is to help correct problems in the foot by means of corrective shoeing. As a horse gets older, they may require some type of specialty shoe or have other foot related needs. It could be due to an injury, or it could be due to bad conformation. Generally your local Merritt 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 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. This question is not easily answered and it really depends. The reason for that is because there are so many factors that come into play. The best way to figure it out is to get your farriers opinion.

Generally, your farrier will want to know:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • Do you stall your horse?
  • Is your horse active on a daily basis?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • Where do you take your horse to ride? Is it rocky?
  • Does your horse have soft hoofs?
  • Are shoes necessary for your horse?

Find a Good Horse Shoer that Services 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 most common way horses are shod. Initially your farrier will trim and balance the foot and also take mental notes of any abscesses, bruising, cracks, soreness, or 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: 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. 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. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. Just because horseshoers in Merritt 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. 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: The majority of horses are shod most of their life, there are some that do not need it. If the horse is seldom used they may get along just fine without being shod. 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. In addition, if a horse is becoming a bit lame, or the farrier sees an issue that may cause the horse to become lame, it is their duty to discuss with owner and possibly place shoes on that horse to prevent injury or lameness.
  • 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. 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. 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. 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.

Merritt MI Farrier Services for All Horses

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

The Most Common Types of Horseshoes Farriers in Merritt Use

There is a wide variety of horseshoes available today. Here are some of the most popular types:

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  • Heart Bar Shoe: To promote blood flow into the hoof, this type of shoes is typically used. 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 the opposite side of things, if enough pressure is not applied to the frog, nothing will happen 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: This is a corrective shoe that provides for extra heel support for sore horses. Additionally, a horse suffering from navicular syndrome will commonly need to have eggbar shoes. 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. A bar shoe often provides much needed relief and promotes healing. Common problems such as quarter cracks and thin-soled horses can be corrected by using a bar shoe. Many horseowners and farriers will prefer a bar-shoe for a horse with injuries of the tendons and ligaments. 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 This modification is very easy to do. 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: Many farriers know the value of toe clips and quarter clips, however in your area they are not really popular. 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. 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. When using clips, a farrier is forced to fit the hoof perfectly. Otherwise the job will look sloppy. If you have been wanting to try clips, discuss it with your farrier and consider his/her expert opinion when making decision.
  • Racing Plates: Unless your horse is a race horse, there is no need for 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. 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. A wedged shoe is a therapeutic shoe that is strictly for use on horses with specific conditions. These shoes will help prevent lameness. Many horseshoers in Merritt 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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We encourage horse owners to employ a well-qualified professional for all hoof care. An experienced farrier in Merritt 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. 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. Many people can be improperly influenced by people who do not really understand the anatomy of a horse. When hoof issues come up, or you see something on your horse's hoofs that looks out of the ordinary, it is always best to get an opinion from an educated farrier or local veterinarian.

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