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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. There is a lot of truth to the old saying no foot, no horse! You now have easier access to farriers in Opal 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. This gives you the peace of mind that you are providing the best hoof care needs for your horse.

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The Essentials of Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

Opal Horseshoer trimming a horse in VA

There is a direct connection between the health and performance of your horse with 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. Horses can be prone to develop various hoof diseases and conditions like; laminitis, navicular disease, white line disease and other problems throughout their life. With regular visits, these conditions may be detected and treated much earlier.

Why Do Horses Need Shoes?

These are the top three primary reasons why having a farrier shoe your horse is a good idea. The first reason for shoeing is for traction. When it comes to most VA performance horses they need more traction and shoes provides this for them. Helping a horse to gain better traction can help to prevent injuries to the horse and rider. The second reason is for protection. Some horses will wear their hoof down to the point of being sore. 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. As a horse gets older, they may require some type of specialty shoe or have other foot related needs. Injuries or bad conformation can cause the horse to need professional corrective shoeing. Your local Opal 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. 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? Most farriers have to answer these questions almost every day to new customers. It depends is the most common answer. This varies a lot because there are several things to consider. The best way to figure it out is to get your farriers opinion.

He/She should ask you questions such as:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • Do you keep your horse in a stall or pasture?
  • How active is your horse?
  • Is your horse crippled or lame?
  • Do you live or ride your horse in rocks?
  • How soft are your horse's hooves?
  • Will having shoes improve your horse's performance?

Finding A Well-Qualified Horse Shoer in Your 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: Most widely used style by most. This requires the farrier to be able to trim the hoof level enough to properly fit a shoe that was shaped without heat. 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: 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. Many of them feel like they do a better job when they use this method. They try to natural balance the foot and the hot shoe take help remedy other small imperfections. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. There are a lot of horseshoers in Opal area who do not hot shoe, and that does not mean they are bad. 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. 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. Good farriers know how to properly trim a barefoot horse so that the hoofs are less likely to chip or break off pieces of the hoof. 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: When a horse is lame or crippled, many times you might need to call a farrier who is qualified to do 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. 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. 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.

Opal VA Farrier Services for Performance Horses

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

In the Opal Area, Farriers Generally Use The Following Types of Horseshoes

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. When a horse is losing blood to the hoof capsule, this shoe can be one of the best options to improve blood circulation. Many farriers are very cautious when applying this type of shoe. When applied incorrectly, the horse will be sore and uncomfortable. 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: This is a corrective shoe that provides for extra heel support for sore horses. Additionally, a horse suffering from navicular syndrome will commonly need to have eggbar shoes. When fitted by an expert farrier, the eggbar horsehoe can be highly effective for treatment of injury or other such problems of the back of the leg.
  • Bar Shoe: A bar shoe is a therapeutic shoe that has a closed heel rather than an open heel. It allows the hoof capsule more support as there is a bar between the heels on the horse. 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. Many experts in the field of equine podiatry prefer the bar shoe. Not only can a bar shoes help solve hoof issues, but they can also help prevent future issues.
  • Rolled Toe This modification is very easy to do. Whenever a farrier is trying to speed a foot up on a horse, they will use a rolled toe shoe. 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. 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. When using clips, a farrier is forced to fit the hoof perfectly. Otherwise the job will look sloppy. 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. 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: 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. 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. In cases of minor lameness issues or strained deep flexor tendons, the wedged shoe and wedged pad can be extremely helpful. A horseshoer in Opal will be able to fit your horse properly in wedged shoes. 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. An experienced farrier in Opal Virginia can help you decide what is best for your horse. 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. It is always best to ask advise from an expert, somebody who deals with horses on a daily basis. 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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