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Reasons Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

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Proper horseshoeing directly affects the health and performance of your horse. 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. These conditions can be detected and treated much earlier when your horse is seen regularly by a professional.

Why Do Horses Need Shoes?

There are 3 primary reasons why you should have a farrier shoe your horse. Reason number one is to give better traction. A lot of VA performance horses need more traction than they would normally have without shoes. Gaining better traction can help to avoid accidents and prevent injuries to both the horse and the 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 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. Over a horses lifetime they may end up needing some type of specialty shoe. This could be required later on due to bad conformation or injuries. Your local Gratton 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 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.

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. This question is not easily answered and it really depends. This varies a lot because there are several things to consider. The best way to figure it out is to get your farriers opinion.

The general questions that they need answered will be:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • What does the horse live in?
  • Is your horse active on a daily basis?
  • Do you have any concerns about lameness in your horse?
  • Where do you take your horse to ride? Is it rocky?
  • Is soft hooves an issue with your horse?
  • What are the factors that make you think you horse may need horseshoes?

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. The farrier will initially trim and balance the foot and inspect it for any potential problems. 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: 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. 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. 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 Gratton 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. 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: 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. While foot chipping on an unshod horse is a concern most good farriers can trim a foot in a style that will minimize any chipping. 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. For lame horses that require corrective shoeing will need special shoes and shoeing techniques to help them stay sound. A horseshoer that only works on crippled or lame horses are specialists that have vast knowledge on how to care for your 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.

Gratton 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 Gratton Area, Farriers Generally Use The Following Types of Horseshoes

There are many horseshoes your farrier may choose to use on your horse. The following are a few examples:

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  • Heart Bar Shoe: Best known horseshoe for treating a laminitic horse. In order to restore or increase blood circulation to horses hoof a farrier will likely choose a heart bar shoe. 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 more, the key here in using this type of horseshoe is applying it properly. 
  • 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 well designed horseshoe that offers support to the heel and frog spreading the weight evenly throughout the foot. A horse that needs extra support for the hoof capsule will need a bar shoe. Common problems such as quarter cracks and thin-soled horses can be corrected by using a bar shoe. 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 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. All farriers should understand the concept of and know how to properly place a rolled toe onto a horseshoe.
  • Shoes with Clips: The use of shoes with clips may be an option if your goal is to provide more stability of the shoe. 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. 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: All race horses will need race plates. 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: 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. 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: For horses with contracted heels or an under run heel, using wedged shoes and wedge pads is highly recommended. 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 Gratton will have knowledge in how to properly apply pads for a horse. 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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Hiring a professional is the best solution any horse owner could choose. A highly-skilled farrier in Gratton 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. Discuss this idea with your horseshoer and see what he/she thinks. Most farriers will openly give you valuable advice on any questions you have. Just ask them for their opinion for your situation. Many people can be improperly influenced by people who do not really understand the anatomy of a 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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