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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! You now have easier access to farriers in Alpena 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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Why Equine Hoof Care is Essential

Alpena Horseshoer trimming a horse in SD

Your horse’s health and performance is a direct correlation with proper horseshoeing. 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. Some horse also have a tendency to develop hoof diseases and conditions such as navicular disease, white line disease, and laminitis. These conditions can be detected and treated much earlier when your horse is seen regularly by a professional.

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 is to increase traction and reduce slippage. A lot of SD performance horses need more traction than they would normally have without shoes. It is important to help horses who need more traction, because if they do not have it when needed, injures could occur. Hoof protection is generally the second reason. 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. Generally, when a horse ages they may require some sort of specialty shoe to help them live more comfortably. This could be required later on due to bad conformation or injuries. Generally your local Alpena SD horseshoer can usually help correct hooves that are not bearing weight and shaped the correct way. This alone will help curtail lameness problems. When a horse needs corrective work, in many cases it is from poor horseshoeing for extended periods of time. This is why it is important to only use a professional farrier that knows what they are doing.

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. The most common answers is, it depends. The reason for that is because there are so many factors that come into play. Your farrier can provide a good solution that will help your horse the most but they need to understand a few things.

He/She should ask you questions such as:

  • Do you ride your horse often?
  • What does the horse live in?
  • What is your horse's activity level?
  • Do you have any concerns about lameness in your horse?
  • Do you live or ride your horse in rocks?
  • Does your horse have soft hoofs?
  • What are the factors that make you think you horse may need horseshoes?

Tips to Finding a Good Horse Shoer in Your Local Area

A good farrier SD is trained in all aspects of horseshoeing and is well rounded in the trade; his/her work should be consistent in the following categories:

  • Cold Shoeing: By far this is the most common method used today. This requires the farrier to be able to trim the hoof level enough to properly fit a shoe that was shaped without heat. 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. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. Just because horseshoers in Alpena 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. 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: Not all horses require shoes. When a horse is not ridden very frequently they may not need shoes at all. Most good farriers understand how to properly trim the foot of a lightly used horse so that any hoof chipping is minimized. A good farrier will always being looking for issues that may cause lameness in your horse. If they notice something, they may advise you to shoe the horse a few times to curtail any problems they have noticed.
  • 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. For lame horses that require corrective shoeing will need special shoes and shoeing techniques to help them stay sound. It is very import when searching for a horseshoer in your area that you make sure they have the credentials and references to work on your crippled or lame horse. While a lot of farriers may be certified they are not all specialists in therapeutic horseshoeing. The therapeutic specialists generally only work with horses that have lameness issues and they have gained extensive knowledge through training and experience. 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. 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.

Alpena SD Farrier Services for Performance 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 Alpena

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

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  • Heart Bar Shoe: The heart-bar horseshoe is used to promote blood flow into the hoof. There are many applications for this shoe, the most common is a horse that has foundered and is losing blood to the hoof capsule. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 therapeutic shoe that has a closed heel rather than an open heel. A bar shoe often provides much needed relief and promotes healing. Common problems such as quarter cracks and thin-soled horses can be corrected by using a bar shoe. Many horseowners and farriers will prefer a bar-shoe for a horse with injuries of the tendons and ligaments. Many experts in the field of equine podiatry prefer the bar shoe. Not only can a bar shoes help solve hoof issues, but they can also help prevent future 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. Whenever a farrier is trying to speed a foot up on a horse, they will use a rolled toe shoe. 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: Depending upon the area you live in, the use of toe clips and quarter clips can be good or not. There are two types of clips: toe clips (used on the front feet) and quarter clips (used on the hind feet). 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. To help reduce the friction between the hoof and horseshoe, some farriers like to use either toe clips or quarter clips. A farrier who places clips on horses must fit the hoof correctly. This insures that the job is clean and neat looking. If you have been wanting to try clips, discuss it with your farrier and consider his/her expert opinion when making decision.
  • Racing Plates: All race horses will need 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. 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. 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. Most horseshoers in Alpena are very familiar with wedged pads and shoes and are able to apply them properly. 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. An experienced farrier in Alpena South Dakota can help you decide what is best for your horse. Many people do choose to ride their horses barefoot as they feel that is the natural way to do things. 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. It is always best to ask advise from an expert, somebody who deals with horses on a daily basis. 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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