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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 thoroughly believe in the statement “No Foot, No Horse”. We have networked with some great farriers in Ettrick that are well qualified to handle most shoeing and hoof care needs for most equine requirements. 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

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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. 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.

Are Shoes Really Necessary?

It has been said that there are only three reasons a farrier should shoe your horse. 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. Oftentimes a horse can become sore due to wearing the hoof down on hard surfaces. 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. Correcting foot related problems is the third reason people opt to shoe their horse. Many horses will need some sort of specialty shoe in their life time. Some horses have a bad conformation or may endure an injury that will require corrective shoeing to help keep them sound. In most situations your local Ettrick VA horseshoer can help correct problems like lameness and feet that are not bearing weight in the proper manner. More times than not, a horse who needs corrective work done is due to bad horseshoeing for and extended amount of time. 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? 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. The best way to figure it out is to get your farriers opinion.

Generally, your farrier will want to know:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • What does the horse live in?
  • How active is your horse?
  • Are you aware of any lameness issues?
  • Where do you take your horse to ride? Is it rocky?
  • Are your horse's hooves soft or crumbly?
  • 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: The most common way horses are shod. 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: Many farriers that take great pride in their work will not cold shoe at all. They really prefer the blacksmith farrier style of building their own shoes. 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. One benefit of this method is that the shoe does fit your horse better. There are very few horseshoers in Ettrick 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. In fact, the majority of owners do not want to pay extra to have their horse be hot shod. 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: Most horses are typically shod but there are times that it is not necessary. If the horse is seldom used they may get along just fine without being shod. 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. Many horses who come up lame need special horseshoes or corrective shoeing work done to them in order for them to 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. Many farriers are not qualified and have not been certified to do therapeutic horseshoeing. 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.

Ettrick 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

Farriers in Ettrick Use Several Different Types of Horseshoes

Farriers use a variety of different Depending upon the condition of your horses hooves, how the horse is used, and other factors your farrier will likely choose one of these common styles of horseshoes:

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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 opposite side of things, if enough pressure is not applied to the frog, nothing will happen and the horse will continue to lose blood to the hoof capsule. Once again, it is very important that the heart bar be applied properly so it promotes blood flow in the hoof. 
  • 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. 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. This type of shoe is constructed to allow the hoof capsule more support. 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. 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. A rolled toe shoe can also help prevent horses from over reaching and possibly injuring themselves. Knowing how to fit a rolled toe shoe onto a horse is a skill that all farriers need to know.
  • 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. Quarter clips, also called side clips, prevent the shoe from twisting sideways on the foot; toe clips prevent the foot from sliding forward off the shoe. A shoe with clips is not mandatory but, with a regular shoe the hoof and the shoe move slightly, and can lead to loosening nail holes, which leads to a horse losing a horseshoe. 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. If you have been wanting to try clips, discuss it with your farrier and consider his/her expert opinion when making decision.
  • 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. These shoes are made out of aluminum and the have what is called a toe grab on the front of the shoe, allowing the horse to be slightly faster than if they did not have it.
  • 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 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. Most horseshoers in Ettrick are very familiar with wedged pads and shoes and are able to apply them properly. The seriousness of your horse's condition will dictate the degree of wedge needed for your horse.

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Working with a equine professional is recommended for all horse owners. A highly-skilled farrier in Ettrick Virginia will be able to recognize and help you determine if your horse needs shoes or not. Not all horse owners put shoes on their horses. They believe leaving them unshod is the most natural thing to do. 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. 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. A local professional farrier or veterinarian should be found if you notice any foot related problems such as lameness, hoof cracks or thrush.

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