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Welcome to the FarrierNearMe.com locator site! It is now very easy to connect directly with a local horse shoer in your area. Farriers in Windber, Pennsylvania that are on our website are well qualified in their profession. They have proven to be very trustworthy, skillful, decently priced and very skilled in their trade. Your hoof care expert for your area will have vast experience, knowledge & training in most facets of farrier science to provide you and your horse with the best solution for your equine needs.

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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 100% agree with the saying "No Foot, No Horse"! You now have easier access to farriers in Windber 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. Your hoof care expert will always listen to your needs and determine what is best for your horse to help them perform at their best.

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Reasons Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

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There is a direct connection between the health and performance of your horse 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. Horses can be prone to develop various hoof diseases and conditions like; laminitis, navicular disease, white line disease and other problems throughout their life. With regular visits, these conditions may be detected and treated much earlier.

Why Are Shoes Needed on Horses?

There are 3 primary reasons why you should have a farrier shoe your horse. Traction is usually the first reason for most shoeing. 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. The second reason is for protection. Preventing soreness due to hoof wear, especially if the horse is constantly on hard ground. 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 and last reason people shoe horses is for correction. 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 Windber 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. Using a professional farrier is very vital to prevent problems such as this.

What are the signs your horse may need a professional to apply horseshoes? Most farriers have to answer these questions almost every day to new customers. This question is not easily answered and it really 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.

Typical questions they will as you are:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • Do you stall your horse?
  • How active is your horse?
  • Do you have any concerns about lameness in your horse?
  • Do you live or ride your horse in rocks?
  • Are your horse's hooves soft or crumbly?
  • Does your horse need shoes?

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: By far this is the most common method used today. The farrier will initially trim and balance the foot and inspect it for any potential problems. Many people choose this method because it requires less skill and is much faster than other methods of horseshoeing. 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. 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. In addition, when a farrier hot fits a horse, he is able to get a better fit with the horseshoe, leaving your horse happier. Just because horseshoers in Windber 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. Some horse owners understand that it is more expensive to have their horse hot shod and they do not see any benefit to paying more. However, if your farrier is equipped with tools to hot shoe it is a good indication that he/she takes a lot of pride in their work and have went the extra mile to learn this more traditional shoeing method.
  • Trimming: Most horses are typically shod but there are times that it is not necessary. Horses that are not ridden or used very often are more than likely barefoot, meaning there is no horseshoe on the hoof. Good farriers know how to properly trim a barefoot horse so that the hoofs are less likely to chip or break off pieces of the hoof. 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. 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. These guys are specialists in their trade and have had extensive experience and continual education to understand every aspect of horse movement, effects and how to best help the horse. 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.

Windber 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

The Most Common Types of Horseshoes Farriers in Windber 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: The heart-bar horseshoe is used to promote blood flow into the hoof. When a horse is losing blood to the hoof capsule, this shoe can be one of the best options to improve blood circulation. Many farriers are very cautious when applying this type of shoe. When applied incorrectly, the horse will be sore and uncomfortable. 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. It cannot be stressed enough, when using the heart bar shoe, proper application is key. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: When a horse has a contracted or under-run heels, an eggbar shoe is used. Additionally, a horse suffering from navicular syndrome will commonly need to have eggbar shoes. Horses with bad feet and leg problems can be fitted with an eggbar shoe.
  • Bar Shoe: A bar-shoe is a great tool to have when horses are having lameness issues. A bar shoe often provides much needed relief and promotes healing. 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 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. All farriers should understand the concept of and know how to properly place a rolled toe onto a horseshoe.
  • Shoes with Clips: The use of shoes with clips may be an option if your goal is to provide more stability of the shoe. Toe clips are often used on the front feet, while quarter clips are often used on the hind feet. While some horse owners do not use clips, they are beneficial to those who want better control of how the shoe fits and stays on. 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. Farriers who place clips on horses are also forced to fit the hoof correctly, otherwise the job comes out horrible 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: 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. 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: High performance horses that compete in polo need the best shoes for traction on grass. 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. A wedged shoe is a therapeutic shoe that is strictly for use on horses with specific conditions. These shoes will help prevent lameness. A horseshoer in Windber will be able to fit your horse properly in wedged shoes. 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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Working with a equine professional is recommended for all horse owners. Any knowledgeable farrier in Windber Pennsylvania can evaluate your horse and give you hoof care recommendations. Some horse owners prefer the more natural approach and never put shoes on their horses which is fine as long as there are no lameness issues. 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. 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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