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Our organization was built by horse owners and certified horseshoers that compete in various equestrian and farrier competitions throughout the United States. We are place extreme emphasis on proper hoof care and understand that a lot of our success is from using professionals to care for our horses. We thoroughly believe in the statement “No Foot, No Horse”. We have networked with some great farriers in Potomac Mills that are well qualified to handle most shoeing and hoof care needs for most equine requirements. This will give you the peace of mind that your hoof care expert will listen to your needs and do what is best for your horse to help it perform at its peak level.

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The Essentials of Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

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Your horse’s health and performance is a direct correlation with proper horseshoeing. When it comes to hoof care, cheaper is not better. Building and maintaining the appearance, symmetry and balance of a healthy foot is something you want someone that is highly skilled to help you with. 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. 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?

These are the top three primary reasons why having a farrier shoe your horse is a good idea. Traction is usually the first reason for most shoeing. 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. Protection for the horse is the second reason. Some horses will wear their hoof down to the point of being sore. 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. Many horses will need some sort of specialty shoe in their life time. Some horses have a bad conformation or may endure an injury that will require corrective shoeing to help keep them sound. Your local Potomac Mills VA horseshoer should be able to help correct lameness and horse hooves that are not shaped or bearing weight the way they should. It is very common for a horse that has been poorly shod for a long period of time to need 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. Questions like this are answered by farriers almost on a daily basis. The most common answers is, it depends. Horseshoeing is not a one technique fits all practice. There are multiple things to be considered. The best way to figure it out is to get your farriers opinion.

Generally, your farrier will want to know:

  • How often are you riding your horse?
  • What does the horse live in?
  • How much physical activity does your horse get?
  • Do you have any concerns about lameness in your horse?
  • What type of ground is your horse generally on?
  • How soft are your horse's hooves?
  • What are the factors that make you think you horse may need horseshoes?

How to Find a Good 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. Initially your farrier will trim and balance the foot and also take mental notes of any abscesses, bruising, cracks, soreness, or thrush. While hot shoeing may have a couple more advantages it is generally more expensive so this is by far the most preferred method for most horse owners. 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: 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. 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. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. Just because horseshoers in Potomac Mills 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. Some horse owners understand that it is more expensive to have their horse hot shod and they do not see any benefit to paying more. 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. 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: In most cases a therapeutic farrier only works with horses that have lameness issues. So if your horse falls into this category you definitely want to have a therapeutic farrier caring for 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. 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. 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.

Potomac Mills 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 Potomac Mills Use

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. Although the most common use of this shoe is for foundered horses, there are many other applications for this shoe. Many farriers are very cautious when applying this type of shoe. When applied incorrectly, the horse will be sore and uncomfortable. On the other hand, enough pressure must be applied for the heart bar shoe to be effective. Once again, it is very important that the heart bar be applied properly so it promotes blood flow in the hoof. 
  • 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. If a horse needs extra support for the back of the leg and feet, then this eggbar shoe can be tremendously helpful.
  • Bar Shoe: A bar-shoe is a great tool to have when horses are having lameness issues. 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. 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: Depending upon the area you live in, the use of toe clips and quarter clips can be good or not. Farriers have a couple of different types of clips to choose from: toe clips and quarter clips. Both types of clips are meant to help the shoe stay in place. When using a regular shoe, the hoof and shoe move slightly. In just a short amount of time, this can lead to a horse losing a shoe. Clips are meant to help keep the shoe in place. 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. If you have been wanting to try clips, discuss it with your farrier and consider his/her expert opinion when making decision.
  • Racing Plates: The only time a horse needs racing plates is if it is a race horse. 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. 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: 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 main reason for using wedges is so that the horse will be correctly aligned in his joints, tendons, and ligaments. Without this corrective shoe, the horse may become lame. Many horseshoers in Potomac Mills are well educated on using wedged shoes and pads. 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. A highly-skilled farrier in Potomac Mills Virginia will be able to recognize and help you determine if your horse needs shoes or not. 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. It is always best to ask advise from an expert, somebody who deals with horses on a daily basis. The anatomy of the horse is a very important equation when it comes to properly shoeing your 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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