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We ourselves are horse owners and horseshoers that compete in a wide range of equestrian sports and we put hoof care #1 on our list of necessities. We firmly believe in that adage “No Foot, No Horse”. Giving you direct access to farriers in West Kittanning is our primary goal. These handpicked professionals are highly skilled in just about every aspect and can provide you with exceptional equine hoof care. This will give you the peace of mind that your hoof care expert will listen to your needs and do what is best for your horse to help it perform at its peak level.

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Why Equine Hoof Care is Essential

West Kittanning Horseshoer trimming a horse in PA

Your horse’s health and performance is a direct correlation 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. Horses can be prone to develop various hoof diseases and conditions like; laminitis, navicular disease, white line disease and other problems throughout their life. These conditions can be detected and treated much earlier when your horse is seen regularly by a professional.

Why Are Shoes Needed on Horses?

These are the top three primary reasons why having a farrier shoe your horse is a good idea. Traction is usually the first reason for most shoeing. When it comes to most PA performance horses they need more traction and shoes provides this for them. Gaining better traction can help to avoid accidents and prevent injuries to both the horse and the rider. Protection for the horse is the second reason. 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. Over a horses lifetime they may end up needing some type of specialty shoe. Injuries or bad conformation can cause the horse to need professional corrective shoeing. Hooves that are improperly bearing weight can cause lameness, your local West Kittanning 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. It is very important to find a farrier who knows what they are doing and is educated.

Are there signs that indicate that you may need a professional to shoe your horse? Questions like this are answered by farriers almost on a daily basis. Each horse and owner are different so it really just 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.

Typical questions they will as you are:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • Do you keep your horse in a stall or pasture?
  • What is your horse's activity level?
  • Are you aware of any lameness issues?
  • Where do you take your horse to ride? Is it rocky?
  • Does your horse have soft hoofs?
  • Does your horse need shoes?

Finding A Well-Qualified 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: Most widely used style by most. Your farrier will first trim, balance and look the foot over to look for abscesses, soreness, bruising, cracks and thrush. Most people choose this method because it provides adequate coverage to protect their horses feet and it’s typically less expensive than 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: Some equine farriers place a higher importance on hot shoeing than others. It’s really a personal preference, unless the horse requires it for some reason. 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 West Kittanning 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. In fact, the majority of owners do not want to pay extra to have their horse be hot shod. 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: 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. Most good farriers understand how to properly trim the foot of a lightly used horse so that any hoof chipping is minimized. 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: Anytime you have a horse with soundness issues you will want to consult with a farrier that specializes in therapeutic work. For lame horses that require corrective shoeing will need special shoes and shoeing techniques to help them stay sound. A horseshoer that only works on crippled or lame horses are specialists that have vast knowledge on how to care for your horse. Many farriers are not qualified and have not been certified to do therapeutic horseshoeing. 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 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.

West Kittanning 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

Farriers in West Kittanning Use Several Different Types of Horseshoes

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: Best known horseshoe for treating a laminitic horse. When a horse is losing blood to the hoof capsule, this shoe can be one of the best options to improve blood circulation. 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. Conversely, if a farrier is too cautious and does not apply enough pressure to the frog, the shoe will not work at all and the horse will not improve at all. Once more, the key here in using this type of horseshoe is applying it properly. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: An experienced, knowledgeable and skilled farrier will use an eggbar shoe for treating a horse with underslung heels. 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. If a horse needs extra support for the back of the leg and feet, then this eggbar shoe can be tremendously helpful.
  • Bar Shoe: A bar shoe is a therapeutic shoe that has a closed heel rather than an open heel. 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. 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 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. All farriers should understand the concept of and know how to properly place a rolled toe onto a horseshoe.
  • Shoes with Clips: Depending upon the area you live in, the use of toe clips and quarter clips can be good or not. 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. 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. A farrier who places clips on horses must fit the hoof correctly. This insures that the job is clean and neat looking. Toe clips and quarter clips are good to use. Always keep an open mind if your farrier suggests using them on your horse.
  • Racing Plates: If your horse is a race horse, then you will definitely need to have race plates put on your horse. Farriers who work at the racetrack specialize in race plates. 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: If you compete in polo, you want more traction for your horse as you are running and turning full speed on grass. 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: For horses with contracted heels or an under run heel, using wedged shoes and wedge pads is highly recommended. The reason for this is so your horse will be at the correct angle and his joints, tendons, and ligaments all align where they should, helping insure your horse does not become lame. Your horseshoer in West Kittanning will have knowledge in how to properly apply pads for a horse. Your farrier will be able to access the degree of the wedge your horse requires.

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Because hoof care is so crucial for your horse, we highly recommend working with a professional. Any knowledgeable farrier in West Kittanning Pennsylvania can evaluate your horse and give you hoof care recommendations. Not all horse owners put shoes on their horses. They believe leaving them unshod is the most natural thing to do. Discuss this idea with your horseshoer and see what he/she thinks. The best place to get advice is from an expert, these people work with horses daily and can give you some very valuable insight. 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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