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The Essentials of Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

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Proper horseshoeing directly affects the health and performance of your horse. 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. 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. Some horse also have a tendency to develop hoof diseases and conditions such as navicular disease, white line disease, and laminitis. When seen regularly by a professional a lot of these problems can be detected and treated at an earlier stage.

Are Shoes Really Necessary?

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. Shoes provide much better traction for MT performance horses. 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. Oftentimes a horse can become sore due to wearing the hoof down on hard surfaces. 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. Last but not least is to help correct foot related problems. Over a horses lifetime they may end up needing some type of specialty shoe. It could be due to an injury, or it could be due to bad conformation. In most situations your local Kicking Horse MT horseshoer can help correct problems like lameness and feet that are not bearing weight in the proper manner. More times than not, a horse who needs corrective work done is due to bad horseshoeing for and extended amount of time. It is very important to find a farrier who knows what they are doing and is educated.

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. This varies a lot because there are several things to consider. The best way to figure it out is to get your farriers opinion.

A few questions they will need answers to are:

  • Do you ride your horse often?
  • Do you stall your horse?
  • What is your horse's activity level?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • Where do you take your horse to ride? Is it rocky?
  • How soft are your horse's hooves?
  • Are shoes necessary for your horse?

Finding A Well-Qualified Horse Shoer in Your Area

A good farrier MT 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: The most common way horses are shod. Your farrier will first trim, balance and look the foot over to look for abscesses, soreness, bruising, cracks and thrush. This is the preferred method for most horse owners because its quicker and less expensive when compared to 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: Some equine farriers place a higher importance on hot shoeing than others. It’s really a personal preference, unless the horse requires it for some reason. 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. There are very few horseshoers in Kicking Horse 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. Some horse owners understand that it is more expensive to have their horse hot shod and they do not see any benefit to paying more. 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: Most horses are typically shod but there are times that it is not necessary. If the horse is seldom used they may get along just fine without being shod. 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: 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. 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. 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. 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.

Kicking Horse MT Farrier Services for All Horses

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

In the Kicking Horse Area, Farriers Generally Use The Following Types of Horseshoes

There is a wide variety of horseshoes available today. Here are some of the most popular types:

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  • Heart Bar Shoe: Best known horseshoe for treating a laminitic horse. When a horse is losing blood to the hoof capsule, this shoe can be one of the best options to improve blood circulation. 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. It cannot be stressed enough, when using the heart bar shoe, proper application is key. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: An experienced, knowledgeable and skilled farrier will use an eggbar shoe for treating a horse with underslung heels. Additionally, a horse suffering from navicular syndrome will commonly need to have eggbar shoes. 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 great tool to have when horses are having lameness issues. It allows the hoof capsule more support as there is a bar between the heels on the horse. 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. 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. All farriers should understand the concept of and know how to properly place a rolled toe onto a horseshoe.
  • 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). 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. When a farrier properly places clips on your horse, a large portion of the friction between the hoof and the horseshoe is removed from the equation. A farrier who places clips on horses must fit the hoof correctly. This insures that the job is clean and neat looking. 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. 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: If you compete in polo, you want more traction for your horse as you are running and turning full speed on grass. 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: For horses with contracted heels or an under run heel, using wedged shoes and wedge pads is highly recommended. 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. A horseshoer in Kicking Horse will be able to fit your horse properly in wedged shoes. Every horse is different, and depending on how bad your horses condition is will dictate the degree of wedge needed to keep your horse happy.

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Hiring a professional is the best solution any horse owner could choose. A well-qualified farrier in Kicking Horse Montana knows what he is doing, and will be able to help you figure out if your horse needs horseshoes or not. 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. There are times when a horse does not need to be shod. If you ask an experienced horseshoer they can generally tell you if they suggest only a trim, a partial or full set of shoes. The best place to get advice is from an expert, these people work with horses daily and can give you some very valuable insight. The anatomy of the horse is a very important equation when it comes to properly shoeing your 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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