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Our team is very experienced and made up of horse owners and certified horseshoers that are involved in a wide range of equestrian activities. Maintaining proper hoof care is a necessity and something we take very seriously. We firmly believe in that adage “No Foot, No Horse”. Well qualified farriers are available that service Littlestown and surrounding areas. They are highly qualified to cover most hoof care and shoeing requirements across a broad platform of equine requirements. We understand how difficult it can be to find a good hoof care expert. You now have direct access to a professional that will listen to your needs and provide the best solution 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 Littlestown 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. Getting connected is very simple! Just click on the call feature on this page to be connected with a horse farrier that services your area.

The Essentials of Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

Littlestown Horseshoer trimming a horse in PA

Your horse’s health and performance is a direct correlation 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. 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. With regular visits, these conditions may be detected and treated much earlier.

Why Do Horses Need Shoes?

It has been said that there are only three reasons a farrier should shoe your horse. Reason number one is to give better traction. A lot of PA performance horses need more traction than they would normally have without shoes. 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. 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 reason is to help correct problems in the foot by means of corrective shoeing. As a horse gets older, they may require some type of specialty shoe or have other foot related needs. Injuries or bad conformation can cause the horse to need professional corrective shoeing. In most situations your local Littlestown PA horseshoer can help correct problems like lameness and feet that are not bearing weight in the proper manner. It is very common for a horse that has been poorly shod for a long period of time to need corrective shoeing. This is why it is important to only use a professional farrier that knows what they are doing.

Are there any common signs that your horse needs to have a professional shoe them? This is a very common question that many farriers have to answer on a daily basis. 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. 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?
  • Is your horse crippled or lame?
  • What type of ground is your horse generally on?
  • Does your horse have soft hoofs?
  • Are shoes necessary for your horse?

Find a Good Horse Shoer that Services 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: Most widely used style by most. The farrier will initially trim and balance the foot and inspect it for any potential problems. This is the preferred method for most horse owners because its quicker and less expensive when compared to hot shoeing. 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: 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. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. There are very few horseshoers in Littlestown 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. 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: Not all horses require shoes. If the horse is seldom used they may get along just fine without being shod. 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. 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: 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. Therapeutic shoeing can work miracles on horses that are lame. Oftentimes special techniques and custom shoes can help your horse 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. 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. 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 you have a problematic soundness problem with your horse it is imperative that you use a specialist that can help your horse.

Littlestown 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

Types of Horseshoes Commonly Used by Farriers in Littlestown

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: To promote blood flow into the hoof, this type of shoes is typically used. When a horse is losing blood to the hoof capsule, this shoe can be one of the best options to improve blood circulation. Using a heart bar shoe requires knowledge and skill. If an unexperienced farrier happens to apply too much pressure on the frog, it could cause pain to the horse. On the other hand, enough pressure must be applied for the heart bar shoe to be effective. It cannot be stressed enough, when using the heart bar shoe, proper application is key. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: This is a corrective shoe that provides for extra heel support for sore horses. Farries apply eggbar shoes on horses that have low or collapsed heels and need 360 degrees of support. 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 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. 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 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: 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. 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. In order to ensure the least amount of friction between the horseshoe and the hoof, using clips is recommended by some farriers. A farrier who places clips on horses must fit the hoof correctly. This insures that the job is clean and neat looking. Your farrier may make the recommendation of using clips, trust his/her opinion and give it a try.
  • Racing Plates: All race horses will need race plates. The majority of farriers who work with race plates, also work full time at a racetrack. This type of horseshoe is made out of aluminum allowing for the lightest weight. Also because race horses need extra traction, race plates also have a toe grab for racing on all surfaces and conditions.
  • Polo Shoes: Polo Shoes: Special shoes are required for horses competing in polo. The shoes are lightweight, allow for maximum traction, and cannot be sharp or dangerous. 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. A wedged shoe is a therapeutic shoe that is strictly for use on horses with specific conditions. These shoes will help prevent lameness. Most horseshoers in Littlestown 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. A highly-skilled farrier in Littlestown Pennsylvania will be able to recognize and help you determine if your horse needs shoes or not. 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. 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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