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Our team is very experienced and made up of horse owners and certified horseshoers that are involved in a wide range of equestrian activities. Maintaining proper hoof care is a necessity and something we take very seriously. There is a lot of truth to the old saying no foot, no horse! Giving you direct access to farriers in Elkton 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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Reasons Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

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There is nothing that affects the health and comfort of your horse more than 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. A skilled farrier is trained to detect lameness, treat wounds, lacerations, abrasions, or cracks in hoof wall, and determine the cause of foot tenderness a horse may have. Unfortunately certain horses can develop hoof diseases and other problems like white line disease, laminitis and navicular disease. With regular visits, these conditions may be detected and treated much earlier.

Why Are Shoes Needed on Horses?

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. Many VA performance horses require more traction than what they have barefoot. Helping a horse to gain better traction can help to prevent injuries to the horse and rider. Protecting the hoof is the second reason for shoeing. Extreme hoof wear can occur on some horses and it will cause soreness. 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. The third reason is to help correct problems in the foot by means of corrective shoeing. Generally, when a horse ages they may require some sort of specialty shoe to help them live more comfortably. Some horses have a bad conformation or may endure an injury that will require corrective shoeing to help keep them sound. Generally your local Elkton VA 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 has been shod incorrectly of a long period of time it is very common for them to need some type of corrective shoeing. This is why it is important to only use a professional farrier that knows what they are doing.

Are there signs that indicate that you may need a professional to shoe your horse? These are typical questions that farriers have to answer daily. The most common answers is, it depends. Horseshoeing is not a one technique fits all practice. There are multiple things to be considered. Just ask your farrier for their opinion on the best plan to help your horse.

Generally, your farrier will want to know:

  • Do you ride your horse often?
  • Do you keep your horse in a stall or pasture?
  • How much physical activity does your horse get?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • What type of ground is your horse generally on?
  • Does your horse have soft hoofs?
  • Will having shoes improve your horse's performance?

Finding A Well-Qualified Horse Shoer in Your Area

A good farrier VA 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. Initially your farrier will trim and balance the foot and also take mental notes of any abscesses, bruising, cracks, soreness, or thrush. This is the preferred method for most horse owners because its quicker and less expensive when compared to 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. Many of them feel like they do a better job when they use this method. They try to natural balance the foot and the hot shoe take help remedy other small imperfections. In addition, when a farrier hot fits a horse, he is able to get a better fit with the horseshoe, leaving your horse happier. There are very few horseshoers in Elkton 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. 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. 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: While many horses require the use of horseshoes, there are many that do not. Horses that are not ridden or used very often are more than likely barefoot, meaning there is no horseshoe on the hoof. Most good farriers understand how to properly trim the foot of a lightly used horse so that any hoof chipping is minimized. Additionally, it is your duty of your farrier to advise you if they notice any issues like soreness that may cause your horse to become lame. They may want to shoe the horse for a few times until the threat has passed.
  • Therapeutic Horseshoeing: When a horse is lame or crippled, many times you might need to call a farrier who is qualified to do 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. 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. 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 you have a problematic soundness problem with your horse it is imperative that you use a specialist that can help your horse.

Elkton VA Farrier Services for Most Horses

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

In the Elkton Area, Farriers Generally Use The Following Types of Horseshoes

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

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  • Heart Bar Shoe: When a horse has laminitis, this type of shoe is used. This horseshoe features a central triangular projection that covers the frog. When a horse is losing blood to the hoof capsule, this shoe can be one of the best options to improve blood circulation. In order to avoid further damage to the horse's hoof, a farrier will be extremely careful when applying a heart bar shoe. 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 again, it is very important that the heart bar be applied properly so it promotes blood flow in the hoof. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: This is a corrective shoe that provides for extra heel support for sore horses. 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. 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: A bar shoe is a therapeutic shoe that has a closed heel rather than an open heel. This type of shoe is constructed to allow the hoof capsule more support. Many farriers use this shoe when dealing with issues like quarter cracks and thin-soled horses who may need just a little more support. 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: Farriers know the value of using toe clips and quarter clips, However, they are more popular in some areas and not so much in others. 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. In order to ensure the least amount of friction between the horseshoe and the hoof, using clips is recommended by some farriers. 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. Racing horses need both high traction and speed. Racing plates are made of aluminum and have a toe grab on the front of the horseshoe. Racetrack farriers are experts with this type of shoe.
  • Polo Shoes: If you compete in polo, you want more traction for your horse as you are running and turning full speed 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: 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 Elkton are very familiar with wedged pads and shoes and are able to apply them properly. 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. An experienced farrier in Elkton Virginia can help you decide what is best for your horse. 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. If your horse is seldom used your horseshoer may agree that they should only trim the horse instead of shoeing it. 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. 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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