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Our team is comprised of professional horseshoers and horse owners who participate in various equestrian sports and proper hoof care is our #1 priority. We 100% agree with the saying "No Foot, No Horse"! Well qualified farriers are available that service Opheim and surrounding areas. They are highly qualified to cover most hoof care and shoeing requirements across a broad platform of equine requirements. 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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Is Equine Hoof Care Really Essential?

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There is a direct connection between the health and performance of your horse with 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. 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.

Why Are Shoes Needed on Horses?

There are 3 primary reasons why you should have a farrier shoe your horse. The first reason is to increase traction and reduce slippage. Shoes provide much better traction for MT performance horses. It is important to help horses who need more traction, because if they do not have it when needed, injures could occur. Hoof protection is generally the second reason. Oftentimes a horse can become sore due to wearing the hoof down on hard surfaces. If your horses foot wear exceeds the growth then it is always recommended they be shod to prevent lameness. The third reason is to help correct problems in the foot by means of corrective shoeing. 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. Your local Opheim MT horseshoer should be able to help correct lameness and horse hooves that are not shaped or bearing weight the way they should. When a horse needs corrective work, in many cases it is from poor horseshoeing for extended periods of time. 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? Questions like this are answered by farriers almost on a daily basis. This question is not easily answered and it really depends. The primary reason is because there is a multitude of factors to be considered. Your farrier can provide a good solution that will help your horse the most but they need to understand a few things.

The general questions that they need answered will be:

  • In a typical month, how often do you ride?
  • Do you keep your horse in a stall or pasture?
  • How active is your horse?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • What type of ground is your horse generally on?
  • How soft are your horse's hooves?
  • What are the factors that make you think you horse may need horseshoes?

Finding A Well-Qualified Horse Shoer in Your Area

Typically a good MT 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. This requires the farrier to be able to trim the hoof level enough to properly fit a shoe that was shaped without heat. 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: 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. 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. Just because horseshoers in Opheim 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 understand that it is more expensive to have their horse hot shod and they do not see any benefit to paying more. 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: While many horses require the use of horseshoes, there are many that do not. Horses that are not ridden or used very often are more than likely barefoot, meaning there is no horseshoe on the hoof. 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. Many horses who come up lame need special horseshoes or corrective shoeing work done to them in order for them to 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. Many farriers are not qualified and have not been certified to do therapeutic horseshoeing. 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 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.

Opheim MT 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 Opheim

Your farrier will recommend and use type of horseshoe that will benefit your horse the most. Here are some common varieties of shoes that are typically used:

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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. Many farriers are very cautious when applying this type of shoe. When applied incorrectly, the horse will be sore and uncomfortable. 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 again, it is very important that the heart bar be applied properly so it promotes blood flow in the hoof. 
  • 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. 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 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. 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. For a horse with tendon or ligament injuries, farriers will use a bar shoe until the horse is completely healed up. This shoe is a favorite of many experts because it has so many uses and can help not only solve hoof issues, but prevent possible injuries or issues in the future.
  • Rolled Toe A rolled- toe horseshoe has been used effectively for the rehabilitation of bowed tendons, suspensory problems, corns and heel pain in horses. 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. Knowing how to fit a rolled toe shoe onto a horse is a skill that all farriers need to know.
  • 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. Farriers have a couple of different types of clips to choose from: toe clips and quarter clips. Both types of clips are meant to help the shoe stay in place. 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. To help reduce the friction between the hoof and horseshoe, some farriers like to use either toe clips or quarter clips. It is important for farriers using clips to make sure the shoe is adjusted correctly; this just makes the job look neat and professional. Toe clips and quarter clips are good to use. Always keep an open mind if your farrier suggests using them on your horse.
  • Racing Plates: Unless your horse is a race horse, there is no need for race plates. The majority of farriers who work with race plates, also work full time at a 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: 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: 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 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. Most horseshoers in Opheim 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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Hiring a professional is the best solution any horse owner could choose. An experienced farrier in Opheim Montana can help you decide what is best for your horse. Many people do choose to ride their horses barefoot as they feel that is the natural way to do things. 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. 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. 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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For Your Convenience, Montana Horse Farrier Services Can Be Found in These Locations

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