Find a Farrier in the Alfarata PA Area

Welcome to the FarrierNearMe.com locator site! It is now very easy to connect directly with a local horse shoer in your area. All the qualified farriers in our Alfarata, Pennsylvania program are professionals who have proven themselves to be; dependable, experienced, reasonably priced and highly qualified. Your hoof care expert for your area will have vast experience, knowledge & training in most facets of farrier science to provide you and your horse with the best solution for your equine needs.

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We ourselves are horse owners and horseshoers that compete in a wide range of equestrian sports and we put hoof care #1 on our list of necessities. We 100% agree with the saying "No Foot, No Horse"! We have networked with some great farriers in Alfarata that are well qualified to handle most shoeing and hoof care needs for most 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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The concept for building this horse owner centered program was designed to help you find a good, dependable, and well qualified horseshoer in the Alfarata area. Our primary goal is to bridge the gap to help you find a horse shoer that is extremely qualified and reputable all while keeping it 100% FREE for horse owners to use. The gap has been bridged! Simply click on the call button on this page to be connected with a farrier in your area.

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. When it comes to hoof care, cheaper is not better. Building and maintaining the appearance, symmetry and balance of a healthy foot is something you want someone that is highly skilled to help you with. 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. Unfortunately certain horses can develop hoof diseases and other problems like white line disease, laminitis and navicular disease. These conditions can be detected and treated much earlier when your horse is seen regularly by a professional.

Why Should I Put Shoes On?

It has been said that there are only three reasons a farrier should shoe your horse. The first reason for shoeing is for traction. A lot of PA 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. Protection for the horse is the second reason. Extreme hoof wear can occur on some horses and it will cause soreness. When a foot wears down faster than it grows it can cause them to be lame. In this situation it is usually best to have the horse shod. The third and last reason people shoe horses is for correction. 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. Generally your local Alfarata PA horseshoer can usually help correct hooves that are not bearing weight and shaped the correct way. This alone will help curtail lameness problems. 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 signs that indicate that you may need a professional to shoe your horse? These are typical questions that farriers have to answer daily. This question is not easily answered and it really depends. Horseshoeing is not a one technique fits all practice. There are multiple things to be considered. Just ask your farrier for their opinion on the best plan to help your horse.

He/She should ask you questions such as:

  • Do you ride your horse often?
  • What does the horse live in?
  • How much physical activity does your horse get?
  • Are you aware of any lameness issues?
  • What type of ground is your horse generally on?
  • How soft are your horse's hooves?
  • Does your horse need shoes?

How to Find a Good Horse Shoer in Your Area

While a professional PA farrier is very knowledgeable in all aspects of shoeing, they may specialize in particular styles in the following areas:

  • Cold Shoeing: The majority of horses are shod using this method. 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. 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: 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. 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. One benefit of this method is that the shoe does fit your horse better. There are very few horseshoers in Alfarata 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 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: The majority of horses are shod most of their life, there are some that do not need it. When a horse is not ridden very frequently they may not need shoes at all. Most good farriers understand how to properly trim the foot of a lightly used horse so that any hoof chipping is minimized. 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. Many horses who come up lame need special horseshoes or corrective shoeing work done to them in order for them to 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. 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.

Alfarata PA 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 Alfarata Use

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: When a horse has laminitis, this type of shoe is used. This horseshoe features a central triangular projection that covers the frog. Although the most common use of this shoe is for foundered horses, there are many other applications for this 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 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. Once more, the key here in using this type of horseshoe is applying it properly. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: The eggbar is commonly used when a horse has contracted or under-run heels. Promoting heel growth is what this type of shoe is designed for. While this shoe can be abused by many farriers, when fit correctly to the hoof by a educated farrier, it can work wonders on a horse with bad feet.
  • Bar Shoe: A bar shoe is a therapeutic shoe that has a closed heel rather than an open heel. 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. 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 This modification is very easy to do. 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. A rolled toe shoe can also help prevent horses from over reaching and possibly injuring themselves. 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. Toe clips are often used on the front feet, while quarter clips are often used on the hind feet. When using a regular shoe, the hoof and shoe move slightly. In just a short amount of time, this can lead to a horse losing a shoe. Clips are meant to help keep the shoe in place. To help reduce the friction between the hoof and horseshoe, some farriers like to use either toe clips or quarter clips. Farriers who place clips on horses are also forced to fit the hoof correctly, otherwise the job comes out horrible looking. Your farrier may make the recommendation of using clips, trust his/her opinion and give it a try.
  • Racing Plates: Unless your horse is a race horse, there is no need for race plates. 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: When competing in the sport of polo, it is crucial that your farrier used polo shoes that are carefully engineered to offer better traction, turns, and breakover. 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. 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 Alfarata will have knowledge in how to properly apply pads for a horse. Your farrier will be able to access the degree of the wedge your horse requires.

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We encourage horse owners to employ a well-qualified professional for all hoof care. A highly-skilled farrier in Alfarata Pennsylvania will be able to recognize and help you determine if your horse needs shoes or not. Some people never have their horses shod and feel like riding them barefoot is more natural. 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. Most farriers will openly give you valuable advice on any questions you have. Just ask them for their opinion for your situation. Some people will slap shoes on a horse not realizing that the anatomy of a horse coincides with a good shoe job. Improperly shod horses can lead to huge problems in the near and distant future. 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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