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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 thoroughly believe in the statement “No Foot, No Horse”. We have networked with some great farriers in Litchfield that are well qualified to handle most shoeing and hoof care needs for most 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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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. Building and maintaining a healthy foot is not something you want to compromise on to save a few dollars. The symmetry, balance and appearance of is very important to keeping your horse sound and healthy. Cutting corners on price can end up costing you a lot of money later. 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. Horses can be prone to develop various hoof diseases and conditions like; laminitis, navicular disease, white line disease and other problems throughout their life. 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. Reason number one is to give better traction. A lot of NH 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. The second reason is for protection. Some horses will wear their hoof down to the point of being sore. 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. Correcting foot related problems is the third reason people opt to shoe their horse. 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 Litchfield NH 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. This is why it is important to only use a professional farrier that knows what they are doing.

Are there signs that indicate that you may need a professional to shoe your horse? These are typical questions that farriers have to answer daily. Each horse and owner are different so it really just depends. The primary reason is because there is a multitude of factors to be considered. Just ask your farrier for their opinion on the best plan to help your horse.

The general questions that they need answered will be:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • 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?
  • How soft are your horse's hooves?
  • Does your horse need shoes?

Find a Good Horse Shoer that Services Your Area

A good farrier NH 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. 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: 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. 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. One benefit of this method is that the shoe does fit your horse better. There are a lot of horseshoers in Litchfield area who do not hot shoe, and that does not mean they are bad. 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. 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 are not ridden or used very often are more than likely barefoot, meaning there is no horseshoe on the hoof. 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. 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: Anytime you have a horse with soundness issues you will want to consult with a farrier that specializes in therapeutic work. 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.

Litchfield NH Farrier Services for Most 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 Litchfield

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: The heart-bar horseshoe is used to promote blood flow into the hoof. There are many applications for this shoe, the most common is a horse that has foundered and is losing blood to the hoof capsule. 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 another note, if a farrier does not apply enough pressure to the frog, the shoe will not be effective 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. 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. 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. This type of shoe is constructed to allow the hoof capsule more support. Many farriers use this shoe when dealing with issues like quarter cracks and thin-soled horses who may need just a little more support. 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. All farriers should understand the concept of and know how to properly place a rolled toe onto a horseshoe.
  • 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. While some horse owners do not use clips, they are beneficial to those who want better control of how the shoe fits and stays on. 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. 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. Farriers who work at the racetrack specialize in race plates. 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: 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: It is a good idea to put a wedge pad or wedged shoes on your horse if you farrier tells you that your horse has contracted heels or an under run heel. In cases of minor lameness issues or strained deep flexor tendons, the wedged shoe and wedged pad can be extremely helpful. Many horseshoers in Litchfield 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 Litchfield New Hampshire 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. 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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