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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 thoroughly believe in the statement “No Foot, No Horse”. Giving you direct access to farriers in Thornapple is our primary goal. These handpicked professionals are highly skilled in just about every aspect and can provide you with exceptional equine hoof care. 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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Why Equine Hoof Care is Essential

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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. 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. Some horse also have a tendency to develop hoof diseases and conditions such as navicular disease, white line disease, and laminitis. These conditions can be detected and treated much earlier when your horse is seen regularly by a professional.

Are Shoes Really Necessary?

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. 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. Oftentimes a horse can become sore due to wearing the hoof down on hard surfaces. 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. Many horses will need some sort of specialty shoe in their life time. This could be required later on due to bad conformation or injuries. In most situations your local Thornapple MI horseshoer can help correct problems like lameness and feet that are not bearing weight in the proper manner. 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. That is why it’s vital to only use a highly qualified farrier to shoe your horse.

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. This question is not easily answered and it really 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.

He/She should ask you questions such as:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • Do you stall your horse?
  • How much physical activity does your horse get?
  • 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?

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: Most widely used style by most. 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. 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. Many of them feel like they do a better job when they use this method. They try to natural balance the foot and the hot shoe take help remedy other small imperfections. In addition, when a farrier hot fits a horse, he is able to get a better fit with the horseshoe, leaving your horse happier. Just because horseshoers in Thornapple 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. 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: While many horses require the use of horseshoes, there are many that do not. Horses that see very light use may never need shoes. Most good farriers understand how to properly trim the foot of a lightly used horse so that any hoof 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: If your horse is having problems staying sound, a farrier that specializes in therapeutic shoeing may be able to help 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. 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.

Thornapple 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 Thornapple Use

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: Best known horseshoe for treating a laminitic horse. There are many applications for this shoe, the most common is a horse that has foundered and is losing blood to the hoof capsule. 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 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: This is a corrective shoe that provides for extra heel support for sore horses. 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: 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. A bar shoe is the preferred choice of many farriers when dealing with common issues like thin-soled horses or horses with quarter cracks in their hooves. Many horseowners and farriers will prefer a bar-shoe for a horse with injuries of the tendons and ligaments. 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 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: Depending upon the area you live in, the use of toe clips and quarter clips can be good or not. Toe clips are often used on the front feet, while quarter clips are often 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. Your farrier may make the recommendation of using clips, trust his/her opinion and give it a try.
  • Racing Plates: If your horse is a race horse, then you will definitely need to have race plates put on your horse. 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: High performance horses that compete in polo need the best shoes for traction 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. A wedged shoe is a therapeutic shoe that is strictly for use on horses with specific conditions. These shoes will help prevent lameness. Your horseshoer in Thornapple will have knowledge in how to properly apply pads for a horse. The seriousness of your horse's condition will dictate the degree of wedge needed for your horse.

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Because hoof care is so crucial for your horse, we highly recommend working with a professional. An experienced farrier in Thornapple Michigan can help you decide what is best for your horse. 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. Discuss this idea with your horseshoer and see what he/she thinks. Advice from someone that works with horses daily is very valuable! Most farriers do not mind your questions and you will gain knowledge by asking. 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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