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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. We firmly believe in that adage “No Foot, No Horse”. Well qualified farriers are available that service Hickory Hills and surrounding areas. They are highly qualified to cover most hoof care and shoeing requirements across a broad platform of 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 Essentials of Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

Hickory Hills Horseshoer trimming a horse in PA

Your horse’s health and performance is a direct correlation with proper horseshoeing. Some people will go with the cheapest guy in town to save some money. When in reality it can end up costing them a lot more due to lameness and poor performance. The balance, symmetry and appearance of a healthy foot is not worth compromising over a few dollars. 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. 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?

It has been said that there are only three reasons a farrier should shoe your horse. Traction is usually the first reason for most shoeing. Many PA performance horses require more traction than what they have barefoot. 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. Oftentimes a horse can become sore due to wearing the hoof down on hard surfaces. Horses can become lame if the wear exceeds the growth of the foot. In cases like this it is recommended to have your horse shod. Correcting foot related problems is the third reason people opt to shoe their horse. Many horses will need some sort of specialty shoe in their life time. This could be required later on due to bad conformation or injuries. Your local Hickory Hills PA 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. This is why it is important to only use a professional farrier that knows what they are doing.

What signs to look for that indicates you need a professional to do your horseshoeing. 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. 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?
  • What type of horse facilities do you have?
  • How much physical activity does your horse get?
  • Are you aware of any lameness issues?
  • Do you live or ride your horse in rocks?
  • Does your horse have soft hoofs?
  • Are shoes necessary for your horse?

Finding A Well-Qualified Horse Shoer in Your Area

Typically a good PA farrier will be knowledgeable in most horseshoeing techniques. They may or may not offer full services in the following style:

  • 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: 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. 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. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. There are a lot of horseshoers in Hickory Hills area who do not hot shoe, and that does not mean they are bad. 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: 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. Most good farriers understand how to properly trim the foot of a lightly used horse so that any hoof chipping is minimized. 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: 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. While a lot of farriers may be certified they are not all specialists in therapeutic horseshoeing. The therapeutic specialists generally only work with horses that have lameness issues and they have gained extensive knowledge through training and experience. Most of these guys will only work with lame horses and they have gone the extra mile to gain the experience and knowledge to help horses with soundness issues. They are specialists that really understand how a horse moves and what they need to do to bring the horse back into a nice comfort zone. If you have a problematic soundness problem with your horse it is imperative that you use a specialist that can help your horse.

Hickory Hills PA Farrier Services for Most Horses

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

In the Hickory Hills Area, Farriers Generally Use The Following Types of Horseshoes

There are many horseshoes your farrier may choose to use on your horse. The following are a few examples:

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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. When a horse is losing blood to the hoof capsule, this shoe can be one of the best options to improve blood circulation. In order to avoid further damage to the horse's hoof, a farrier will be extremely careful when applying a heart bar shoe. 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: 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. Horses with bad feet and leg problems can be fitted with an eggbar shoe.
  • Bar Shoe: A well designed horseshoe that offers support to the heel and frog spreading the weight evenly throughout the foot. 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. 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 This modification is very easy to do. This particular shoe is useful when trying to bring break over back 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. Every farrier should know how to properly place a rolled toe onto a horseshoe and apply it to their everyday work for the horses who need it.
  • Shoes with Clips: The use of shoes with clips may be an option if your goal is to provide more stability of the shoe. 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. 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. Many farriers who use race plates work on the racetrack. 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: 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. In cases of minor lameness issues or strained deep flexor tendons, the wedged shoe and wedged pad can be extremely helpful. Many horseshoers in Hickory Hills are well educated on using wedged shoes and pads. 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 Hickory Hills Pennsylvania can help you decide what is best for your horse. Some people never have their horses shod and feel like riding them barefoot is more natural. If your horse is seldom used your horseshoer may agree that they should only trim the horse instead of shoeing it. 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 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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