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Our team is comprised of professional horseshoers and horse owners who participate in various equestrian sports and proper hoof care is our #1 priority. We thoroughly believe in the statement “No Foot, No Horse”. Well qualified farriers are available that service Middletown and surrounding areas. They are highly qualified to cover most hoof care and shoeing requirements across a broad platform of equine requirements. This gives you the peace of mind that you are providing the best hoof care needs for your horse.

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Is Equine Hoof Care Really Essential?

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There is a direct connection between the health and performance of your horse with 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. 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. 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.

Why Should I Put Shoes On?

It has been said that there are only three reasons a farrier should shoe your horse. Reason number one is to give better traction. When it comes to most VA performance horses they need more traction and shoes provides this for them. Gaining better traction can help to avoid accidents and prevent injuries to both the horse and the rider. The second reason is for protection. Preventing soreness due to hoof wear, especially if the horse is constantly on hard ground. Horses can become lame if the wear exceeds the growth of the foot. In cases like this it is recommended to have your horse shod. The third and last reason people shoe horses is for correction. Generally, when a horse ages they may require some sort of specialty shoe to help them live more comfortably. This could be required later on due to bad conformation or injuries. Your local Middletown 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 signs to look for that indicates you need a professional to do your horseshoeing. 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. The primary reason is because there is a multitude of factors to be considered. Asking for you farriers opinion is the best way to devise a long term plan.

He/She should ask you questions such as:

  • In a typical month, how often do you ride?
  • 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?
  • Are your horse's hooves soft or crumbly?
  • Will having shoes improve your horse's performance?

Tips to Finding a Good Horse Shoer in Your Local Area

Typically a good VA farrier will be knowledgeable in most horseshoeing techniques. They may or may not offer full services in the following style:

  • 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. Most people choose this method because it provides adequate coverage to protect their horses feet and it’s typically less expensive than hot shoeing. Farriers as a whole generally prefer the cold shoeing method because it is faster. With hot shoeing it takes additional time to build each shoe.
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  • Hot Shoeing: Some equine farriers place a higher importance on hot shoeing than others. It’s really a personal preference, unless the horse requires it for some reason. 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. Just because horseshoers in Middletown 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. 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. Horses that are not ridden or used very often are more than likely barefoot, meaning there is no horseshoe on the hoof. 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: 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. A horseshoer that only works on crippled or lame horses are specialists that have vast knowledge on how to care for your 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. 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. 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.

Middletown 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 Middletown Use

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: When a horse has laminitis, this type of shoe is used. This horseshoe features a central triangular projection that covers the frog. In order to restore or increase blood circulation to horses hoof a farrier will likely choose a heart bar 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 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: The eggbar is commonly used when a horse has contracted or under-run heels. Promoting heel growth is what this type of shoe is designed for. 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. 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. 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 A rolled- toe horseshoe has been used effectively for the rehabilitation of bowed tendons, suspensory problems, corns and heel pain in horses. 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: 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. Toe clips are often used on the front feet, while quarter clips are often used on the hind feet. 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. To help reduce the friction between the hoof and horseshoe, some farriers like to use either toe clips or quarter clips. A farrier who places clips on horses must fit the hoof correctly. This insures that the job is clean and neat 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. 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: If you compete in polo, you want more traction for your horse as you are running and turning full speed 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: 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 Middletown 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. An experienced farrier in Middletown Virginia can help you decide what is best for your horse. Some horse owners prefer the more natural approach and never put shoes on their horses which is fine as long as there are no lameness issues. 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. 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. When you notice problems with your horse that you think may be foot related be sure to seek the advice of a local farrier or veterinarian right away.

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