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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. There is a lot of truth to the old saying no foot, no horse! You now have easier access to farriers in Rural Retreat 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. Your hoof care expert will always listen to your needs and determine what is best for your horse to help them perform at their best.

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Reasons Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

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Proper horseshoeing directly affects the health and performance of your horse. 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. 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. These conditions can be detected and treated much earlier when your horse is seen regularly by a professional.

Are Shoes Really Necessary?

These are the top three primary reasons why having a farrier shoe your horse is a good idea. Reason number one is to give better traction. A lot of VA performance horses need more traction than they would normally have without shoes. Helping a horse to gain better traction can help to prevent injuries to the horse and rider. Protecting the hoof is the second reason for shoeing. 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. Last but not least is to help correct foot related problems. Generally, when a horse ages they may require some sort of specialty shoe to help them live more comfortably. Injuries or bad conformation can cause the horse to need professional corrective shoeing. In most situations your local Rural Retreat VA horseshoer can help correct problems like lameness and feet that are not bearing weight in the proper manner. 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. Using a professional farrier is very vital to prevent problems such as this.

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. It depends is the most common answer. 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.

A few questions they will need answers to are:

  • How often are you riding your horse?
  • What does the horse live in?
  • How active is your horse?
  • Is your horse crippled or lame?
  • 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: The majority of horses are shod using this method. Initially your farrier will trim and balance the foot and also take mental notes of any abscesses, bruising, cracks, soreness, or thrush. Many people choose this method because it requires less skill and is much faster than other methods of horseshoeing. Cold shoeing is easier for farriers because less equipment is required and they do not have to make a shoe from scratch, plus they do not have to carry around a forge or all the hot shoeing tools.
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  • Hot Shoeing: Many good equine farriers know the importance of hot shoeing 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. One benefit of this method is that the shoe does fit your horse better. There are very few horseshoers in Rural Retreat 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. Some horse owners do not want to pay extra for hot shoeing and this is why cold shoeing is the most commonly used method. 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. Horses that see very light use may never need shoes. 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: If your horse is having problems staying sound, a farrier that specializes in therapeutic shoeing may be able to help your horse. For lame horses that require corrective shoeing will need special shoes and shoeing techniques to help them stay sound. 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. 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. If you have a problematic soundness problem with your horse it is imperative that you use a specialist that can help your horse.

Rural Retreat 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

The Most Common Types of Horseshoes Farriers in Rural Retreat Use

Farriers use a variety of different Depending upon the condition of your horses hooves, how the horse is used, and other factors your farrier will likely choose one of these common styles of horseshoes:

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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. Using a heart bar shoe requires knowledge and skill. If an unexperienced farrier happens to apply too much pressure on the frog, it could cause pain to the horse. 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. Once more, the key here in using this type of horseshoe is applying it properly. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: This is a corrective shoe that provides for extra heel support for sore horses. 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. Common problems such as quarter cracks and thin-soled horses can be corrected by using a bar shoe. 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 Some farrier belive this type of shoe can be helpful in removing leverage from the hoof capsule and other structures. Whenever a farrier is trying to speed a foot up on a horse, they will use a rolled toe shoe. 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. Knowing how to fit a rolled toe shoe onto a horse is a skill that all farriers need to know.
  • Shoes with Clips: Depending upon the area you live in, the use of toe clips and quarter clips can be good or not. 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. A shoe with clips is not mandatory but, with a regular shoe the hoof and the shoe move slightly, and can lead to loosening nail holes, which leads to a horse losing a horseshoe. 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. 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. Many farriers who use race plates work on the racetrack. Aluminum race shoes are lightweight and have a toe grab on the front of the horseshoe. This allows for maximum traction and speed in a performance horse.
  • Polo Shoes: High performance horses that compete in polo need the best shoes for traction 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: If your horse has contracted heels or an under run heel, your farrier will probably recommend wedge pads and wedge shoes for your horses. 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 Rural Retreat 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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We encourage horse owners to employ a well-qualified professional for all hoof care. A well-qualified farrier in Rural Retreat Virginia knows what he is doing, and will be able to help you figure out if your horse needs horseshoes or not. Many people do choose to ride their horses barefoot as they feel that is the natural way to do things. 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. 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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