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Our team is very experienced and made up of horse owners and certified horseshoers that are involved in a wide range of equestrian activities. Maintaining proper hoof care is a necessity and something we take very seriously. We 100% agree with the saying "No Foot, No Horse"! Well qualified farriers are available that service Ridgeway and surrounding areas. They are highly qualified to cover most hoof care and shoeing requirements across a broad platform of 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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Reasons 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. Some people will go with the cheapest guy in town to save some money. When in reality it can end up costing them a lot more due to lameness and poor performance. The balance, symmetry and appearance of a healthy foot is not worth compromising over a few dollars. 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. 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?

These are the top three primary reasons why having a farrier shoe your horse is a good idea. Reason number one is to give better traction. 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. Protection for the horse is the second reason. Some horses will wear their hoof down to the point of being sore. Horses can become lame if the wear exceeds the growth of the foot. In cases like this it is recommended to have your horse shod. Last but not least is to help correct foot related problems. 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. Hooves that are improperly bearing weight can cause lameness, your local Ridgeway MI horseshoer can help to correct these problems for you. When a horse has been shod incorrectly of a long period of time it is very common for them to need some type of corrective shoeing. It is very important to find a farrier who knows what they are doing and is educated.

What signs to look for that indicates you need a professional to do your horseshoeing. Most farriers have to answer these questions almost every day to new customers. Each horse and owner are different so it really just depends. This varies a lot because there are several things to consider. Your farrier can provide a good solution that will help your horse the most but they need to understand a few things.

A few questions they will need answers to are:

  • How often are you riding your horse?
  • What does the horse live in?
  • What is your horse's activity level?
  • Are you aware of any lameness issues?
  • Where do you take your horse to ride? Is it rocky?
  • Are your horse's hooves soft or crumbly?
  • Are shoes necessary for your horse?

How to Find a Good Horse Shoer in Your Area

A good farrier MI is trained in all aspects of horseshoeing and is well rounded in the trade; his/her work should be consistent in the following categories:

  • Cold Shoeing: Most widely used style by most. This requires the farrier to be able to trim the hoof level enough to properly fit a shoe that was shaped without heat. 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. 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: 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. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. Just because horseshoers in Ridgeway 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. 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. 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: 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. Even good farriers that are highly skilled will generally recommend you use a specialists because they understand the benefits your horse will receive are much better.

Ridgeway 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

The Most Common Types of Horseshoes Farriers in Ridgeway Use

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: 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. In order to avoid further damage to the horse's hoof, a farrier will be extremely careful when applying a heart bar shoe. On the other hand, enough pressure must be applied for the heart bar shoe to be effective. 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. Farries apply eggbar shoes on horses that have low or collapsed heels and need 360 degrees of support. 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 well designed horseshoe that offers support to the heel and frog spreading the weight evenly throughout the foot. A bar shoe often provides much needed relief and promotes healing. 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 horses who have had tendon or ligament injuries will often do really well in a bar-shoe until they are healed up. Many experts in the field of equine podiatry prefer the bar shoe. Not only can a bar shoes help solve hoof issues, but they can also help prevent future issues.
  • Rolled Toe This modification is very easy to do. 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. 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: The use of shoes with clips may be an option if your goal is to provide more stability of the shoe. Toe clips are often used on the front feet, while quarter clips are often 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. In order to ensure the least amount of friction between the horseshoe and the hoof, using clips is recommended by some farriers. Farriers who place clips on horses are also forced to fit the hoof correctly, otherwise the job comes out horrible looking. Your farrier may make the recommendation of using clips, trust his/her opinion and give it a try.
  • Racing Plates: The only time a horse needs racing plates is if it is a race horse. The majority of farriers who work with race plates, also work full time at a racetrack. Racing horses need both high traction and speed. Racing plates are made of aluminum and have a toe grab on the front of the horseshoe. Racetrack farriers are experts with this type of shoe.
  • Polo Shoes: If you compete in polo, you want more traction for your horse as you are running and turning full speed on grass. 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. Many horseshoers in Ridgeway are well educated on using wedged shoes and pads. Your farrier will be able to access the degree of the wedge your horse requires.

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Because hoof care is so crucial for your horse, we highly recommend working with a professional. A well-qualified farrier in Ridgeway Michigan knows what he is doing, and will be able to help you figure out if your horse needs horseshoes 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. It is always best to ask advise from an expert, somebody who deals with horses on a daily basis. The anatomy of the horse is a very important equation when it comes to properly shoeing your 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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