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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 100% agree with the saying "No Foot, No Horse"! Giving you direct access to farriers in Ravensworth is our primary goal. These handpicked professionals are highly skilled in just about every aspect and can provide you with exceptional equine hoof care. 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

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There is a direct connection between the health and performance of your horse 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. When you use a highly skilled farrier, they are trained to detect and treat; lameness, hoof wall cracks, abscesses, foot tenderness and other problems you 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. These conditions can be detected and treated much earlier when your horse is seen regularly by a professional.

Why Are Shoes Needed on Horses?

It has been said that there are only three reasons a farrier should shoe your horse. Traction is usually the first reason for most shoeing. Shoes provide much better traction for VA performance horses. It is important to help horses who need more traction, because if they do not have it when needed, injures could occur. The second reason is for protection. Oftentimes a horse can become sore due to wearing the hoof down on hard surfaces. When a foot wears down faster than it grows it can cause them to be lame. In this situation it is usually best to have the horse shod. The third reason is to help correct problems in the foot by means of corrective shoeing. As a horse gets older, they may require some type of specialty shoe or have other foot related needs. This could be required later on due to bad conformation or injuries. Hooves that are improperly bearing weight can cause lameness, your local Ravensworth VA horseshoer can help to correct these problems for you. 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 reason for that is because there are so many factors that come into play. Your farrier can provide a good solution that will help your horse the most but they need to understand a few things.

Typical questions they will as you are:

  • Do you ride your horse often?
  • Do you keep your horse in a stall or pasture?
  • How active is your horse?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • Do you live or ride your horse in rocks?
  • Is soft hooves an issue with your horse?
  • Will having shoes improve your horse's performance?

How to Find a Good Horse Shoer in Your 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: 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: 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. 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. There are very few horseshoers in Ravensworth 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. 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. 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: The majority of horses are shod most of their life, there are some that do not need it. When a horse is not ridden very frequently they may not need shoes at all. 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. 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: 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. 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. 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 you have a problematic soundness problem with your horse it is imperative that you use a specialist that can help your horse.

Ravensworth 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

The Most Common Types of Horseshoes Farriers in Ravensworth 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: To promote blood flow into the hoof, this type of shoes is typically used. Although the most common use of this shoe is for foundered horses, there are many other applications for this 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. 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 again, it is very important that the heart bar be applied properly so it promotes blood flow in the hoof. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: When a horse has a contracted or under-run heels, an eggbar shoe is used. 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. It allows the hoof capsule more support as there is a bar between the heels on the horse. Many farriers use this shoe when dealing with issues like quarter cracks and thin-soled horses who may need just a little more support. Many horseowners and farriers will prefer a bar-shoe for a horse with injuries of the tendons and ligaments. 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. 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. This kind of horseshoe is ideal for horses on dirt and moving fast such as barrel racing. This shoe provides a roll in the toe to ease motion and reduce stress on the hoof and leg decreasing the chance of injury. 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. 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. Farriers who place clips on horses are also forced to fit the hoof correctly, otherwise the job comes out horrible looking. 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: 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. 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. 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. Most horseshoers in Ravensworth are very familiar with wedged pads and shoes and are able to apply them properly. Every horse is different, and depending on how bad your horses condition is will dictate the degree of wedge needed to keep your horse happy.

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Because hoof care is so crucial for your horse, we highly recommend working with a professional. Any knowledgeable farrier in Ravensworth Virginia can evaluate your horse and give you hoof care recommendations. 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. Depending on how you use your horse this will be a topic you want to discuss with a 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. When hoof issues come up, or you see something on your horse's hoofs that looks out of the ordinary, it is always best to get an opinion from an educated farrier or local veterinarian.

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