Locate a Horse Farrier in the Fort Belvoir VA Area

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Our organization was built by horse owners and certified horseshoers that compete in various equestrian and farrier competitions throughout the United States. We are place extreme emphasis on proper hoof care and understand that a lot of our success is from using professionals to care for our horses. We firmly believe in that adage “No Foot, No Horse”. We have networked with some great farriers in Fort Belvoir 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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The Essentials of Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

Fort Belvoir Horseshoer trimming a horse in VA

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. When seen regularly by a professional a lot of these problems can be detected and treated at an earlier stage.

Why Are Shoes Needed on Horses?

There are 3 primary reasons why you should have a farrier shoe your horse. The first reason for shoeing is for traction. 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. Hoof protection is generally the second reason. 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. It could be due to an injury, or it could be due to bad conformation. Your local Fort Belvoir VA horseshoer should be able to help correct lameness and horse hooves that are not shaped or bearing weight the way they should. When a horse needs corrective work, in many cases it is from poor horseshoeing for extended periods of time. Using a professional farrier is very vital to prevent problems such as this.

What signs to look for that indicates you need a professional to do your horseshoeing. Most farriers have to answer these questions almost every day to new customers. Each horse and owner are different so it really just depends. The primary reason is because there is a multitude of factors to be considered. Your farrier can provide a good solution that will help your horse the most but they need to understand a few things.

Typical questions they will as you are:

  • How often are you riding your horse?
  • Do you stall your horse?
  • Is your horse active on a daily basis?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • Where do you take your horse to ride? Is it rocky?
  • Is soft hooves an issue with your horse?
  • Are shoes necessary for your horse?

Find a Good Horse Shoer that Services 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. Your farrier will first trim, balance and look the foot over to look for abscesses, soreness, bruising, cracks and thrush. While hot shoeing may have a couple more advantages it is generally more expensive so this is by far the most preferred method for most horse owners. 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. 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 a lot of horseshoers in Fort Belvoir area who do not hot shoe, and that does not mean they are bad. Some horse owners do not want to pay extra for hot shoeing and this is why cold shoeing is the most commonly used method. 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: 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: Anytime you have a horse with soundness issues you will want to consult with a farrier that specializes in therapeutic work. 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. 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. 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.

Fort Belvoir VA Farrier Services for All Horses

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

The Most Common Types of Horseshoes Farriers in Fort Belvoir Use

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: To promote blood flow into the hoof, this type of shoes is typically used. 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. 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: An experienced, knowledgeable and skilled farrier will use an eggbar shoe for treating a horse with underslung heels. Farries apply eggbar shoes on horses that have low or collapsed heels and need 360 degrees of support. 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. It allows the hoof capsule more support as there is a bar between the heels on the horse. Many farriers use this shoe when dealing with issues like quarter cracks and thin-soled horses who may need just a little more support. Many horseowners and farriers will prefer a bar-shoe for a horse with injuries of the tendons and ligaments. This shoe is a favorite of many experts because it has so many uses and can help not only solve hoof issues, but prevent possible injuries or issues in the future.
  • Rolled Toe This modification is very easy to do. 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: Many farriers know the value of toe clips and quarter clips, however in your area they are not really popular. 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. 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. A farrier who places clips on horses must fit the hoof correctly. This insures that the job is clean and neat looking. Toe clips and quarter clips are good to use. Always keep an open mind if your farrier suggests using them on your horse.
  • Racing Plates: If your horse is a race horse, then you will definitely need to have race plates put on your horse. The majority of farriers who work with race plates, also work full time at a 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: 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. 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: If your horse has contracted heels or an under run heel, your farrier will probably recommend wedge pads and wedge shoes for your horses. 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. Many horseshoers in Fort Belvoir are well educated on using wedged shoes and pads. Every horse has different needs and depending upon the condition of your horse, the farrier will decide what degree is required.

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We encourage horse owners to employ a well-qualified professional for all hoof care. Any knowledgeable farrier in Fort Belvoir Virginia can evaluate your horse and give you hoof care recommendations. 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. The best place to get advice is from an expert, these people work with horses daily and can give you some very valuable insight. The anatomy of the horse is a very important equation when it comes to properly shoeing your horse. 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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