Find a Horse Farrier That Services the Smithfield RI Area

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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. There is a lot of truth to the old saying no foot, no horse! We have networked with some great farriers in Smithfield that are well qualified to handle most shoeing and hoof care needs for most 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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The Essentials of Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

Smithfield Horseshoer trimming a horse in RI

Proper horseshoeing directly affects the health and performance of your horse. Some people will go with the cheapest guy in town to save some money. When in reality it can end up costing them a lot more due to lameness and poor performance. The balance, symmetry and appearance of a healthy foot is not worth compromising over a few dollars. 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?

There are 3 primary reasons why you should have a farrier shoe your horse. The first reason for shoeing is for traction. Shoes provide much better traction for RI performance horses. 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. Horses can become lame if the wear exceeds the growth of the foot. In cases like this it is recommended to have your 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. Injuries or bad conformation can cause the horse to need professional corrective shoeing. Your local Smithfield RI horseshoer should be able to help correct lameness and horse hooves that are not shaped or bearing weight the way they should. More times than not, a horse who needs corrective work done is due to bad horseshoeing for and extended amount 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? Most farriers have to answer these questions almost every day to new customers. 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?
  • What type of terrain does your horse normally walk on?
  • Does your horse have soft hoofs?
  • Are shoes necessary for your horse?

Find a Good Horse Shoer that Services Your Area

Typically a good RI 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: 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. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. Just because horseshoers in Smithfield 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: 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. A horse without shoes is more prone to have chipped feet but good farriers know how to trim these horses so that the 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: If your horse is having problems staying sound, a farrier that specializes in therapeutic shoeing may be able to help your horse. Many horses who come up lame need special horseshoes or corrective shoeing work done to them in order for them to become sound again. 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. 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. 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.

Smithfield RI Farrier Services for All 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 Smithfield

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: Best known horseshoe for treating a laminitic horse. 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. Once more, the key here in using this type of horseshoe is applying it properly. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: When a horse has a contracted or under-run heels, an eggbar shoe is used. 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. Horses with bad feet and leg problems can be fitted with an eggbar shoe.
  • Bar Shoe: A well designed horseshoe that offers support to the heel and frog spreading the weight evenly throughout the foot. 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. 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 Some farrier belive this type of shoe can be helpful in removing leverage from the hoof capsule and other structures. 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. 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: 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. 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. 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. 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. 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: When competing in the sport of polo, it is crucial that your farrier used polo shoes that are carefully engineered to offer better traction, turns, and breakover. 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: For horses with contracted heels or an under run heel, using wedged shoes and wedge pads is highly recommended. 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. A horseshoer in Smithfield will be able to fit your horse properly in wedged shoes. Your farrier will be able to access the degree of the wedge your horse requires.

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We encourage horse owners to employ a well-qualified professional for all hoof care. A well-qualified farrier in Smithfield Rhode Island knows what he is doing, and will be able to help you figure out if your horse needs horseshoes or not. Some people never have their horses shod and feel like riding them barefoot is more natural. There are times when a horse does not need to be shod. If you ask an experienced horseshoer they can generally tell you if they suggest only a trim, a partial or full set of shoes. 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. 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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