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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 firmly believe in that adage “No Foot, No Horse”. Giving you direct access to farriers in Ontwa is our primary goal. These handpicked professionals are highly skilled in just about every aspect and can provide you with exceptional equine hoof care. 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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The Essentials of Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

Ontwa Horseshoer trimming a horse in MI

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. 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. Horses can be prone to develop various hoof diseases and conditions like; laminitis, navicular disease, white line disease and other problems throughout their life. These conditions can be detected and treated much earlier when your horse is seen regularly by a professional.

Why Are Shoes Needed on Horses?

It has been said that there are only three reasons a farrier should 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. Gaining better traction can help to avoid accidents and prevent injuries to both the horse and the rider. Protecting the hoof is the second reason for shoeing. Preventing soreness due to hoof wear, especially if the horse is constantly on hard ground. 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 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. This could be required later on due to bad conformation or injuries. Generally your local Ontwa MI horseshoer can usually help correct hooves that are not bearing weight and shaped the correct way. This alone will help curtail lameness problems. It is very common for a horse that has been poorly shod for a long period of time to need corrective shoeing. 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? Most farriers have to answer these questions almost every day to new customers. The most common answers is, it 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.

Generally, your farrier will want to know:

  • 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?
  • Do you have any concerns about lameness in your horse?
  • What type of terrain does your horse normally walk on?
  • Is soft hooves an issue with your horse?
  • Will having shoes improve your horse's performance?

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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. Your farrier will first trim, balance and look the foot over to look for abscesses, soreness, bruising, cracks and thrush. Many people choose this method because it requires less skill and is much faster than other methods of horseshoeing. 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. 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. In addition, when a farrier hot fits a horse, he is able to get a better fit with the horseshoe, leaving your horse happier. There are very few horseshoers in Ontwa 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. 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. 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: 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. A horseshoer that only works on crippled or lame horses are specialists that have vast knowledge on how to care for your 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. 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.

Ontwa 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

Farriers in Ontwa Use Several Different 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: When a horse has laminitis, this type of shoe is used. This horseshoe features a central triangular projection that covers the frog. In order to restore or increase blood circulation to horses hoof a farrier will likely choose a heart bar shoe. 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 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. Once more, the key here in using this type of horseshoe is applying it properly. 
  • 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. If a horse needs extra support for the back of the leg and feet, then this eggbar shoe can be tremendously helpful.
  • Bar Shoe: A bar shoe is a therapeutic shoe that has a closed heel rather than an open heel. It allows the hoof capsule more support as there is a bar between the heels on the horse. 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 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. 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. 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). While some horse owners do not use clips, they are beneficial to those who want better control of how the shoe fits and stays on. In order to ensure the least amount of friction between the horseshoe and the hoof, using clips is recommended by some farriers. It is important for farriers using clips to make sure the shoe is adjusted correctly; this just makes the job look neat and professional. If you have been wanting to try clips, discuss it with your farrier and consider his/her expert opinion when making decision.
  • Racing Plates: If your horse is a race horse, then you will definitely need to have race plates put on your horse. Farriers who work at the racetrack specialize in race plates. Aluminum race shoes are lightweight and have a toe grab on the front of the horseshoe. This allows for maximum traction and speed in a performance horse.
  • Polo Shoes: When competing in the sport of polo, it is crucial that your farrier used polo shoes that are carefully engineered to offer better traction, turns, and breakover. A lot of farriers do understand how dangerous the sport of polo can be. They will use only the best horseshoes offering the best safety benefits.
  • Wedge Pads and Wedged Shoes: For horses with contracted heels or an under run heel, using wedged shoes and wedge pads is highly recommended. 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. A horseshoer in Ontwa will be able to fit your horse properly in wedged shoes. 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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Working with a equine professional is recommended for all horse owners. A highly-skilled farrier in Ontwa Michigan will be able to recognize and help you determine if your horse needs shoes or not. 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. The best place to get advice is from an expert, these people work with horses daily and can give you some very valuable insight. 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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