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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 100% agree with the saying "No Foot, No Horse"! Well qualified farriers are available that service Westwood and surrounding areas. They are highly qualified to cover most hoof care and shoeing requirements across a broad platform of equine requirements. This gives you the peace of mind that you are providing the best hoof care needs for your horse.

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Is Equine Hoof Care Really Essential?

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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. 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. Some horse also have a tendency to develop hoof diseases and conditions such as navicular disease, white line disease, and laminitis. With regular visits, these conditions may be detected and treated much earlier.

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. Helping a horse to gain better traction can help to prevent injuries to the horse and rider. Protecting the hoof is the second reason for shoeing. 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. Correcting foot related problems is the third reason people opt to shoe their horse. Generally, when a horse ages they may require some sort of specialty shoe to help them live more comfortably. Injuries or bad conformation can cause the horse to need professional corrective shoeing. Hooves that are improperly bearing weight can cause lameness, your local Westwood 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.

Are there any common signs that your horse needs to have a professional shoe them? These are typical questions that farriers have to answer daily. It depends is the most common answer. The reason for that is because there are so many factors that come into play. Asking for you farriers opinion is the best way to devise a long term plan.

Typical questions they will as you are:

  • How often are you riding your horse?
  • What type of horse facilities do you have?
  • Is your horse active on a daily basis?
  • Do you have any concerns about lameness in your horse?
  • Do you live or ride your horse in rocks?
  • Does your horse have soft hoofs?
  • Will having shoes improve your horse's performance?

Finding A Well-Qualified Horse Shoer in 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: 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. 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. 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 Westwood 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: Not all horses require shoes. Horses that are not ridden or used very often are more than likely barefoot, meaning there is no horseshoe on the hoof. Most good farriers understand how to properly trim the foot of a lightly used horse so that any hoof chipping is minimized. 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: If your horse is having problems staying sound, a farrier that specializes in therapeutic shoeing may be able to help your horse. Many horses who come up lame need special horseshoes or corrective shoeing work done to them in order for them to 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. 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. 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 you have a problematic soundness problem with your horse it is imperative that you use a specialist that can help your horse.

Westwood MI Farrier Services for Performance Horses

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

Types of Horseshoes Commonly Used by Farriers in Westwood

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. 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. 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. This shoe is designed to help the back half of the hoof to work more than it has been in regular shoes, promoting heel growth. When fitted by an expert farrier, the eggbar horsehoe can be highly effective for treatment of injury or other such problems of the back of the leg.
  • 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 horses who have had tendon or ligament injuries will often do really well in a bar-shoe until they are healed up. 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 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. Knowing how to fit a rolled toe shoe onto a horse is a skill that all farriers need to know.
  • Shoes with Clips: Depending upon the area you live in, the use of toe clips and quarter clips can be good or not. Quarter clips, also called side clips, prevent the shoe from twisting sideways on the foot; toe clips prevent the foot from sliding forward off the shoe. 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. 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. It is important for farriers using clips to make sure the shoe is adjusted correctly; this just makes the job look neat and professional. 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: The only time a horse needs racing plates is if it is a race horse. Many farriers who use race plates work on the racetrack. 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: High performance horses that compete in polo need the best shoes for traction on grass. 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. The main reason for using wedges is so that the horse will be correctly aligned in his joints, tendons, and ligaments. Without this corrective shoe, the horse may become lame. Most horseshoers in Westwood 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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We encourage horse owners to employ a well-qualified professional for all hoof care. Any knowledgeable farrier in Westwood Michigan can evaluate your horse and give you hoof care recommendations. 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. Many people can be improperly influenced by people who do not really understand the anatomy of a horse. When you notice problems with your horse that you think may be foot related be sure to seek the advice of a local farrier or veterinarian right away.

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