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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. 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. 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.

Are Shoes Really Necessary?

There are 3 primary reasons why you should have a farrier 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. It is important to help horses who need more traction, because if they do not have it when needed, injures could occur. Protecting the hoof is the second reason for shoeing. 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. Correcting foot related problems is the third reason people opt to shoe their horse. 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. In most situations your local Galax VA horseshoer can help correct problems like lameness and feet that are not bearing weight in the proper manner. It is very common for a horse that has been poorly shod for a long period of time to need 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? These are typical questions that farriers have to answer daily. It depends is the most common answer. 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.

He/She should ask you questions such as:

  • How often are you riding your horse?
  • What does the horse live in?
  • How much physical activity does your horse get?
  • Is your horse crippled or lame?
  • Do you live or ride your horse in rocks?
  • How soft are your horse's hooves?
  • What are the factors that make you think you horse may need horseshoes?

Tips to Finding a Good Horse Shoer in Your Local Area

While a professional VA farrier is very knowledgeable in all aspects of shoeing, they may specialize in particular styles in the following areas:

  • Cold Shoeing: Most widely used style by most. Your farrier will first trim, balance and look the foot over to look for abscesses, soreness, bruising, cracks and thrush. Many people choose this method because it requires less skill and is much faster than other methods of horseshoeing. Most farriers prefer to use the cold shoeing method because they do not have to build shoes and they do not have to have to carry all the additional equipment required for hot shoeing.
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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. Hot shoeing allows them to do a better job for your equine as they can take out all the little imperfections in the trim, making the hoof natural balanced and level. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. Just because horseshoers in Galax 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. 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: 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. 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. 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: If your horse is having problems staying sound, a farrier that specializes in therapeutic shoeing may be able to help 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. When any equine requires a therapeutic horseshoer it is because they are lame and unusable. These people generally only work on horses with soundness issues and are very skilled at correction techniques. 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. 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. 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.

Galax 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

Types of Horseshoes Commonly Used by Farriers in Galax

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

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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. It is important to have a highly skilled farrier apply this shoe, as if to much pressure is place on the frog, the horse will become very uncomfortable and hurt. 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. Proper application of the hear bar shoe is crucial for the horse to get proper blood flow. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: The eggbar is commonly used when a horse has contracted or under-run heels. 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. 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. A bar shoe often provides much needed relief and promotes healing. A bar shoe is the preferred choice of many farriers when dealing with common issues like thin-soled horses or horses with quarter cracks in their hooves. For a horse with tendon or ligament injuries, farriers will use a bar shoe until the horse is completely healed up. 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 A rolled- toe horseshoe has been used effectively for the rehabilitation of bowed tendons, suspensory problems, corns and heel pain in horses. This particular shoe is useful when trying to bring break over back 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. Knowing how to fit a rolled toe shoe onto a horse is a skill that all farriers need to know.
  • Shoes with Clips: Depending upon the area you live in, the use of toe clips and quarter clips can be good or not. 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. 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. In order to ensure the least amount of friction between the horseshoe and the hoof, using clips is recommended by some farriers. It is important for farriers using clips to make sure the shoe is adjusted correctly; this just makes the job look neat and professional. Clips are a good thing, if your expert suggests them, do not be quick to shy away from the idea, trust their educated opinion.
  • Racing Plates: If your horse is a race horse, then you will definitely need to have race plates put on your horse. Farriers who work at the racetrack specialize in race plates. 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: High performance horses that compete in polo need the best shoes for traction on grass. 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: For horses with contracted heels or an under run heel, using wedged shoes and wedge pads is highly recommended. A wedged shoe is a therapeutic shoe that is strictly for use on horses with specific conditions. These shoes will help prevent lameness. Most horseshoers in Galax 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 Galax Virginia will be able to recognize and help you determine if your horse needs shoes or not. 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. 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. Many people can be improperly influenced by people who do not really understand the anatomy of a horse. If you ever notice abnormal issues with your horse and you think it's foot related, seek the advice of a professional farrier or local veterinarian.

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