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Is Equine Hoof Care Really Essential?

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Your horse’s health and performance is a direct correlation with 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. 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. With regular visits, these conditions may be detected and treated much earlier.

Why Should I Put Shoes On?

These are the top three primary reasons why having a farrier shoe your horse is a good idea. The first reason is to increase traction and reduce slippage. Many MI performance horses require more traction than what they have barefoot. 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. 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. Last but not least is to help correct foot related problems. 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. Hooves that are improperly bearing weight can cause lameness, your local Norman MI horseshoer can help to correct these problems for you. When a horse needs corrective work, in many cases it is from poor horseshoeing for extended periods of time. That is why it’s vital to only use a highly qualified farrier to shoe your horse.

Are there any common signs that your horse needs to have a professional shoe them? Most farriers have to answer these questions almost every day to new customers. Each horse and owner are different so it really just depends. Horseshoeing is not a one technique fits all practice. There are multiple things to be considered. The best way to figure it out is to get your farriers opinion.

A few questions they will need answers to are:

  • How often are you riding your horse?
  • Do you keep your horse in a stall or pasture?
  • How much physical activity does your horse get?
  • Is your horse crippled or lame?
  • What type of terrain does your horse normally walk on?
  • Are your horse's hooves soft or crumbly?
  • Will having shoes improve your horse's performance?

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: By far this is the most common method used today. 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 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. 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. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. There are very few horseshoers in Norman 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. In fact, the majority of owners do not want to pay extra to have their horse be hot shod. However, if your farrier is equipped with tools to hot shoe it is a good indication that he/she takes a lot of pride in their work and have went the extra mile to learn this more traditional shoeing method.
  • Trimming: The majority of horses are shod most of their life, there are some that do not need it. When a horse is not ridden very frequently they may not need shoes at all. Good farriers know how to properly trim a barefoot horse so that the hoofs are less likely to chip or break off pieces of the hoof. 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: Anytime you have a horse with soundness issues you will want to consult with a farrier that specializes in therapeutic work. Therapeutic shoeing can work miracles on horses that are lame. Oftentimes special techniques and custom shoes can help your horse become sound again. A horseshoer that only works on crippled or lame horses are specialists that have vast knowledge on how to care for your 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. 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.

Norman 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 Norman 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: 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 the other hand, enough pressure must be applied for the heart bar shoe to be effective. Once again, it is very important that the heart bar be applied properly so it promotes blood flow in the hoof. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: When a horse has a contracted or under-run heels, an eggbar shoe is used. 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 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. Many farriers use this shoe when dealing with issues like quarter cracks and thin-soled horses who may need just a little more support. Many horseowners and farriers will prefer a bar-shoe for a horse with injuries of the tendons and ligaments. 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. Farriers will often use a rolled toe on a horse when they are trying to bring break over back (speed a foot up) 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. All farriers should understand the concept of and know how to properly place a rolled toe onto a horseshoe.
  • Shoes with Clips: Many farriers know the value of toe clips and quarter clips, however in your area they are not really popular. There are two types of clips: toe clips (used on the front feet) and quarter clips (used on the hind feet). Opinions on using clips greatly varies between farriers and horse owners. Some feel that they are necessary, while others do not see the need for them. 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. 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. 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: 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. Most horseshoers in Norman are very familiar with wedged pads and shoes and are able to apply them properly. 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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Hiring a professional is the best solution any horse owner could choose. A highly-skilled farrier in Norman 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. 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. Many people can be improperly influenced by people who do not really understand the anatomy of a horse. A local professional farrier or veterinarian should be found if you notice any foot related problems such as lameness, hoof cracks or thrush.

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