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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 100% agree with the saying "No Foot, No Horse"! You now have easier access to farriers in West Hills using our website and FREE call in or email features. These are very well rounded and qualified professionals that can handle all your equine hoof care needs. 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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Why Equine Hoof Care is Essential

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There is a direct connection between the health and performance of your horse with proper horseshoeing. Building and maintaining a healthy foot is not something you want to compromise on to save a few dollars. The symmetry, balance and appearance of is very important to keeping your horse sound and healthy. Cutting corners on price can end up costing you a lot of money later. 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. A regular visit from a professional is a great way to detect and treat these problems at a much earlier stage. This can add to the longevity of your horse.

Why Do Horses Need Shoes?

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. When it comes to most PA performance horses they need more traction and shoes provides this for them. Creating better traction for horses is importance because it can help prevent serious injuries from slipping. The second reason is for protection. Oftentimes a horse can become sore due to wearing the hoof down on hard surfaces. 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. Many horses will need some sort of specialty shoe in their life time. 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 West Hills PA horseshoer can help to correct these problems for you. 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? Questions like this are answered by farriers almost on a daily basis. The most common answers is, it depends. The reason for that is because there are so many factors that come into play. The best way to figure it out is to get your farriers opinion.

He/She should ask you questions such as:

  • How often are you riding your horse?
  • What type of horse facilities do you have?
  • Is your horse active on a daily basis?
  • Is your horse crippled or lame?
  • Where do you take your horse to ride? Is it rocky?
  • How soft are your horse's hooves?
  • Will having shoes improve your horse's performance?

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 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. Many people choose this method because it requires less skill and is much faster than other methods of horseshoeing. Most farriers prefer to use the cold shoeing method because they do not have to build shoes and they do not have to have to carry all the additional equipment required for hot shoeing.
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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. One benefit of this method is that the shoe does fit your horse better. There are very few horseshoers in West Hills 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. 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: If your horse is having problems staying sound, a farrier that specializes in therapeutic shoeing may be able to help your horse. For lame horses that require corrective shoeing will need special shoes and shoeing techniques to help them stay sound. 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. 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. Even good farriers that are highly skilled will generally recommend you use a specialists because they understand the benefits your horse will receive are much better.

West 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

The Most Common Types of Horseshoes Farriers in West Hills 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. In order to avoid further damage to the horse's hoof, a farrier will be extremely careful when applying a heart bar shoe. On the other hand, enough pressure must be applied for the heart bar shoe to be effective. Proper application of the hear bar shoe is crucial for the horse to get proper blood flow. 
  • 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 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. Many horseowners and farriers will prefer a bar-shoe for a horse with injuries of the tendons and ligaments. 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 A rolled- toe horseshoe has been used effectively for the rehabilitation of bowed tendons, suspensory problems, corns and heel pain in horses. 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. 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: Many farriers know the value of toe clips and quarter clips, however in your area they are not really popular. Farriers have a couple of different types of clips to choose from: toe clips and quarter clips. Both types of clips are meant to help the shoe stay in place. Opinions on using clips greatly varies between farriers and horse owners. Some feel that they are necessary, while others do not see the need for them. 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. A farrier who places clips on horses must fit the hoof correctly. This insures that the job is clean and neat looking. Clips are a good thing, if your expert suggests them, do not be quick to shy away from the idea, trust their educated opinion.
  • 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. 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: 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. Most farriers who shoe polo ponies are educated and understand the importance quality shoeing for the riders and the horse's protection on the 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. 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. Many horseshoers in West Hills are well educated on using wedged shoes and pads. The seriousness of your horse's condition will dictate the degree of wedge needed for your horse.

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We encourage horse owners to employ a well-qualified professional for all hoof care. A highly-skilled farrier in West Hills 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. Discuss this idea with your horseshoer and see what he/she thinks. Advice from someone that works with horses daily is very valuable! Most farriers do not mind your questions and you will gain knowledge by asking. A good farrier is extensively educated when it comes to the anatomy of a horse and this is very important to properly shoe any 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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Pennsylvania Farriers Can be Found in These Surrounding Areas

Reinerton : Wanamie : Wallenpaupack Lake Estates : West Pennsboro : Sand Hill : Thompsonville : Northampton : Sunbury : Sinking Spring : North Philipsburg : Miller : South Whitehall

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