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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 Big Stone Gap that are well qualified to handle most shoeing and hoof care needs for most equine requirements. 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. When it comes to hoof care, cheaper is not better. Building and maintaining the appearance, symmetry and balance of a healthy foot is something you want someone that is highly skilled to help you with. When you use a highly skilled farrier, they are trained to detect and treat; lameness, hoof wall cracks, abscesses, foot tenderness and other problems you horse may have. Unfortunately certain horses can develop hoof diseases and other problems like white line disease, laminitis and navicular disease. These conditions can be detected and treated much earlier when your horse is seen regularly by a professional.

Are Shoes Really Necessary?

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. Many VA 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. Oftentimes a horse can become sore due to wearing the hoof down on hard surfaces. When wear exceeds growth on a horse, you many want your horse shod to protect that hoof from being too short and causing your horse to be lame. Last but not least is to help correct foot related problems. As a horse gets older, they may require some type of specialty shoe or have other foot related needs. This could be required later on due to bad conformation or injuries. In most situations your local Big Stone Gap VA horseshoer can help correct problems like lameness and feet that are not bearing weight in the proper manner. When a horse has been shod incorrectly of a long period of time it is very common for them to need some type of corrective shoeing. It is very important to find a farrier who knows what they are doing and is educated.

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. Each horse and owner are different so it really just depends. This varies a lot because there are several things to consider. Asking for you farriers opinion is the best way to devise a long term plan.

Typical questions they will as you are:

  • In a typical month, how often do you ride?
  • Do you keep your horse in a stall or pasture?
  • What is your horse's activity level?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • Where do you take your horse to ride? Is it rocky?
  • Are your horse's hooves soft or crumbly?
  • What are the factors that make you think you horse may need horseshoes?

How to Find a Good Horse Shoer in Your Area

Typically a good VA farrier will be knowledgeable in most horseshoeing techniques. They may or may not offer full services in the following style:

  • Cold Shoeing: The majority of horses are shod using this method. The farrier will initially trim and balance the foot and inspect it for any potential problems. Most people choose this method because it provides adequate coverage to protect their horses feet and it’s typically less expensive than hot shoeing. 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: While hot shoeing is not a required skillset, there are the hot farriers that will only hot shoe a horse and then there are ones that have never learned this skillset. Additionally, you have the farrier that can and will shoe a horse either way. 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. There are very few horseshoers in Big Stone Gap 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. 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. 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: Most horses are typically shod but there are times that it is not necessary. Horses that see very light use may never need shoes. 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. 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: Anytime you have a horse with soundness issues you will want to consult with a farrier that specializes in therapeutic work. Many horses who come up lame need special horseshoes or corrective shoeing work done to them in order for them to become sound again. 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. 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. 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.

Big Stone Gap VA Farrier Services for Performance Horses

  • Rope Horses
  • Barrel Horses
  • Cutting Horses
  • Reining Horses
  • Draft Horses
  • Dressage Horses
  • Gaited Horses
  • Ranch Horses
  • Western Pleasure
  • Hunters

In the Big Stone Gap Area, Farriers Generally Use The Following Types of Horseshoes

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. There are many applications for this shoe, the most common is a horse that has foundered and is losing blood to the hoof capsule. 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: The eggbar is commonly used when a horse has contracted or under-run heels. Farries apply eggbar shoes on horses that have low or collapsed heels and need 360 degrees of support. When fitted by an expert farrier, the eggbar horsehoe can be highly effective for treatment of injury or other such problems of the back of the leg.
  • Bar Shoe: Bar Shoe: Horses that will benefit with this type of shoe include horses with sheared heels, white line disease, or quarter cracks. It allows the hoof capsule more support as there is a bar between the heels on the horse. Common problems such as quarter cracks and thin-soled horses can be corrected by using a bar shoe. For a horse with tendon or ligament injuries, farriers will use a bar shoe until the horse is completely healed up. 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 This modification is very easy to do. 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. 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. 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. When using clips, a farrier is forced to fit the hoof perfectly. Otherwise the job will look sloppy. 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. 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: 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 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 Big Stone Gap 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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Hiring a professional is the best solution any horse owner could choose. An experienced farrier in Big Stone Gap Virginia can help you decide what is best for your horse. 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. It is always best to ask advise from an expert, somebody who deals with horses on a daily basis. The anatomy of the horse is a very important equation when it comes to properly shoeing your 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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