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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. There is a lot of truth to the old saying no foot, no horse! Giving you direct access to farriers in Heilwood is our primary goal. These handpicked professionals are highly skilled in just about every aspect and can provide you with exceptional equine hoof care. Your hoof care expert will always listen to your needs and determine what is best for your horse to help them perform at their best.

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The Essentials of Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

Heilwood Horseshoer trimming a horse in PA

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. 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. When seen regularly by a professional a lot of these problems can be detected and treated at an earlier stage.

Why Are Shoes Needed on Horses?

These are the top three primary reasons why having a farrier shoe your horse is a good idea. Reason number one is to give better traction. Shoes provide much better traction for PA performance horses. It is important to help horses who need more traction, because if they do not have it when needed, injures could occur. The second reason is for protection. Some horses will wear their hoof down to the point of being sore. 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. Last but not least is to help correct foot related problems. 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. Generally your local Heilwood 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 needs corrective work, in many cases it is from poor horseshoeing for extended periods of time. Using a professional farrier is very vital to prevent problems such as this.

What signs to look for that indicates you need a professional to do your horseshoeing. Most farriers have to answer these questions almost every day to new customers. This question is not easily answered and it really depends. The primary reason is because there is a multitude of factors to be considered. Asking for you farriers opinion is the best way to devise a long term plan.

The general questions that they need answered will be:

  • How often are you riding your horse?
  • Do you keep your horse in a stall or pasture?
  • What is your horse's activity level?
  • Is your horse crippled or lame?
  • Where do you take your horse to ride? Is it rocky?
  • Is soft hooves an issue with your horse?
  • Are shoes necessary for your horse?

Finding A Well-Qualified Horse Shoer in Your Area

A good farrier PA 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. This requires the farrier to be able to trim the hoof level enough to properly fit a shoe that was shaped without heat. While hot shoeing may have a couple more advantages it is generally more expensive so this is by far the most preferred method for most horse owners. 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. 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. One benefit of this method is that the shoe does fit your horse better. There are very few horseshoers in Heilwood 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. A lot of horse owners do not want their horse hot shod because it is more time consuming and more costly when compared to cold shoeing. 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: 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. While foot chipping on an unshod horse is a concern most good farriers can trim a foot in a style that will minimize any chipping. 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: 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. 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. 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. 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.

Heilwood PA Farrier Services for Performance 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 Heilwood Use

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. 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 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: This is a corrective shoe that provides for extra heel support for sore horses. 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. 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. A horse that needs extra support for the hoof capsule will need a bar shoe. 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. Many experts in the field of equine podiatry prefer the bar shoe. Not only can a bar shoes help solve hoof issues, but they can also help prevent future 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. There are two types of clips: toe clips (used on the front feet) and quarter clips (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. 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. 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. 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: High performance horses that compete in polo need the best shoes for traction 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: If your horse has contracted heels or an under run heel, your farrier will probably recommend wedge pads and wedge shoes for your horses. 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. Your horseshoer in Heilwood will have knowledge in how to properly apply pads for a horse. 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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We encourage horse owners to employ a well-qualified professional for all hoof care. A highly-skilled farrier in Heilwood 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. 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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