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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 firmly believe in that adage “No Foot, No Horse”. Well qualified farriers are available that service Upper St Clair 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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Reasons Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

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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. 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. Unfortunately certain horses can develop hoof diseases and other problems like white line disease, laminitis and navicular disease. With regular visits, these conditions may be detected and treated much earlier.

Are Shoes Really Necessary?

These are the top three primary reasons why having a farrier shoe your horse is a good idea. The first reason for shoeing is for traction. Many PA performance horses require more traction than what they have barefoot. It is important to help horses who need more traction, because if they do not have it when needed, injures could occur. Protecting the hoof is the second reason for shoeing. Oftentimes a horse can become sore due to wearing the hoof down on hard surfaces. If your horses foot wear exceeds the growth then it is always recommended they be shod to prevent lameness. Last but not least is to help correct foot related problems. Over a horses lifetime they may end up needing some type of specialty shoe. Some horses have a bad conformation or may endure an injury that will require corrective shoeing to help keep them sound. Hooves that are improperly bearing weight can cause lameness, your local Upper St Clair PA horseshoer can help to correct these problems for you. When a horse needs corrective work, in many cases it is from poor horseshoeing for extended periods of time. That is why it’s vital to only use a highly qualified farrier to shoe your horse.

What are the signs your horse may need a professional to apply horseshoes? 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. This varies a lot because there are several things to consider. The best way to figure it out is to get your farriers opinion.

Typical questions they will as you are:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • Do you keep your horse in a stall or pasture?
  • How active is your horse?
  • Is your horse crippled or lame?
  • What type of ground is your horse generally on?
  • Does your horse have soft hoofs?
  • Will having shoes improve your horse's performance?

How to Find a Good 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: By far this is the most common method used today. Your farrier will first trim, balance and look the foot over to look for abscesses, soreness, bruising, cracks and 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. 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. Just because horseshoers in Upper St Clair area do not hot shoe does not mean that they cannot do a proper shoeing job. Hot or Cold shoeing is just a preference of each farrier. 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 see very light use may never need shoes. 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. 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: 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. A horseshoer that only works on crippled or lame horses are specialists that have vast knowledge on how to care for your 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 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.

Upper St Clair 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

Types of Horseshoes Commonly Used by Farriers in Upper St Clair

There is a wide variety of horseshoes available today. Here are some of the most popular types:

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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. 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 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. 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 great tool to have when horses are having lameness issues. 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. Many horseowners and farriers will prefer a bar-shoe for a horse with injuries of the tendons and ligaments. 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 Some farrier belive this type of shoe can be helpful in removing leverage from the hoof capsule and other structures. 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. Knowing how to fit a rolled toe shoe onto a horse is a skill that all farriers need to know.
  • 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). 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. 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: All race horses will need 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: 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. Many farriers who shoe polo horses know the importance of traction for the athletes and horse's protection on the polo 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. 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 Upper St Clair 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 well-qualified farrier in Upper St Clair Pennsylvania knows what he is doing, and will be able to help you figure out if your horse needs horseshoes or not. Not all horse owners put shoes on their horses. They believe leaving them unshod is the most natural thing to do. If your horse is seldom used your horseshoer may agree that they should only trim the horse instead of shoeing it. The best place to get advice is from an expert, these people work with horses daily and can give you some very valuable insight. Many people can be improperly influenced by people who do not really understand the anatomy of a horse. 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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