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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. We thoroughly believe in the statement “No Foot, No Horse”. You now have easier access to farriers in McLean using our website and FREE call in or email features. These are very well rounded and qualified professionals that can handle all your equine hoof care needs. 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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Why Equine Hoof Care is Essential

McLean Horseshoer trimming a horse in VA

Your horse’s health and performance is a direct correlation with proper horseshoeing. Building and maintaining a healthy foot is not something you want to compromise on to save a few dollars. The symmetry, balance and appearance of is very important to keeping your horse sound and healthy. Cutting corners on price can end up costing you a lot of money later. 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. Horses can be prone to develop various hoof diseases and conditions like; laminitis, navicular disease, white line disease and other problems throughout their life. A regular visit from a professional is a great way to detect and treat these problems at a much earlier stage. This can add to the longevity of your horse.

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. Shoes provide much better traction for VA performance horses. Gaining better traction can help to avoid accidents and prevent injuries to both the horse and the rider. Protection for the horse is 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. Over a horses lifetime they may end up needing some type of specialty shoe. It could be due to an injury, or it could be due to bad conformation. Your local McLean VA horseshoer should be able to help correct lameness and horse hooves that are not shaped or bearing weight the way they should. More times than not, a horse who needs corrective work done is due to bad horseshoeing for and extended amount of time. This is why it is important to only use a professional farrier that knows what they are doing.

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 reason for that is because there are so many factors that come into play. Just ask your farrier for their opinion on the best plan to help your horse.

He/She should ask you questions such as:

  • In a typical month, how often do you ride?
  • What does the horse live in?
  • How much physical activity does your horse get?
  • Are you aware of any lameness issues?
  • What type of terrain does your horse normally walk on?
  • How soft are your horse's hooves?
  • Are shoes necessary for your horse?

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: By far this is the most common method used today. Your farrier will first trim, balance and look the foot over to look for abscesses, soreness, bruising, cracks and thrush. Most people choose this method because it provides adequate coverage to protect their horses feet and it’s typically less expensive than hot shoeing. 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. 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 McLean area who do not hot shoe, and that does not mean they are bad. In fact, the majority of owners do not want to pay extra to have their horse be hot shod. 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: 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. 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. 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: Anytime you have a horse with soundness issues you will want to consult with a farrier that specializes in 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. Many farriers are not qualified and have not been certified to do therapeutic horseshoeing. 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. 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.

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

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: Best known horseshoe for treating a laminitic horse. When a horse is losing blood to the hoof capsule, this shoe can be one of the best options to improve blood circulation. 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 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. Proper application of the hear bar shoe is crucial for the horse to get proper blood flow. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: An experienced, knowledgeable and skilled farrier will use an eggbar shoe for treating a horse with underslung 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 bar shoe is a therapeutic shoe that has a closed heel rather than an open heel. A horse that needs extra support for the hoof capsule will need a bar shoe. Most farriers will agree that this is the best type of shoe for horse with quarter cracks, thin-soled horses, or any horse that needs extra 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 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. 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: 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. Opinions on using clips greatly varies between farriers and horse owners. Some feel that they are necessary, while others do not see the need for them. A large portion of the friction between the hoof and the horseshoe is removed from the equation when a farrier properly places clips on your horse. 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. The majority of farriers who work with race plates, also work full time at a 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: High performance horses that compete in polo need the best shoes for traction on grass. 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: 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 McLean 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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Because hoof care is so crucial for your horse, we highly recommend working with a professional. Any knowledgeable farrier in McLean 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. 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. A good farrier is extensively educated when it comes to the anatomy of a horse and this is very important to properly shoe any 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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