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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 thoroughly believe in the statement “No Foot, No Horse”. Well qualified farriers are available that service South Riding and surrounding areas. They are highly qualified to cover most hoof care and shoeing requirements across a broad platform of equine requirements. We understand how difficult it can be to find a good hoof care expert. You now have direct access to a professional that will listen to your needs and provide the best solution for your horse.

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Why Equine Hoof Care is Essential

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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. 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. Unfortunately certain horses can develop hoof diseases and other problems like white line disease, laminitis and navicular disease. These conditions can be detected and treated much earlier when your horse is seen regularly by a professional.

Are Shoes Really Necessary?

It has been said that there are only three reasons a farrier should shoe your horse. The first reason is to increase traction and reduce slippage. When it comes to most VA performance horses they need more traction and shoes provides this for them. Creating better traction for horses is importance because it can help prevent serious injuries from slipping. Hoof protection is generally 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 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. Generally your local South Riding VA horseshoer can usually help correct hooves that are not bearing weight and shaped the correct way. This alone will help curtail lameness problems. 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.

Are there signs that indicate that you may need a professional to shoe your horse? These are typical questions that farriers have to answer daily. The most common answers is, it depends. This varies a lot because there are several things to consider. Asking for you farriers opinion is the best way to devise a long term plan.

Typical questions they will as you are:

  • What is your riding schedule?
  • Do you keep your horse in a stall or pasture?
  • What is your horse's activity level?
  • Does your horse show signs of being crippled or lame?
  • What type of terrain does your horse normally walk on?
  • How soft are your horse's hooves?
  • Does your horse need shoes?

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: By far this is the most common method used today. Your farrier will first trim, balance and look the foot over to look for abscesses, soreness, bruising, cracks and 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: 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. One benefit of this method is that the shoe does fit your horse better. There are very few horseshoers in South Riding 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 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: 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. Most good farriers understand how to properly trim the foot of a lightly used horse so that any hoof chipping is minimized. 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. 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. 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.

South Riding 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

Farriers in South Riding Use Several Different Types of Horseshoes

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. 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. Proper application of the hear bar shoe is crucial for the horse to get proper blood flow. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: An experienced, knowledgeable and skilled farrier will use an eggbar shoe for treating a horse with underslung 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 bar shoe is a therapeutic shoe that has a closed heel rather than an open heel. A horse that needs extra support for the hoof capsule will need a bar shoe. 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. 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 Some farrier belive this type of shoe can be helpful in removing leverage from the hoof capsule and other structures. This particular shoe is useful when trying to bring break over back 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. Every farrier should know how to properly place a rolled toe onto a horseshoe and apply it to their everyday work for the horses who need it.
  • 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. 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: Unless your horse is a race horse, there is no need for race plates. 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: 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: 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. A horseshoer in South Riding will be able to fit your horse properly in wedged shoes. Your farrier will be able to access the degree of the wedge your horse requires.

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Hiring a professional is the best solution any horse owner could choose. A well-qualified farrier in South Riding Virginia knows what he is doing, and will be able to help you figure out if your horse needs horseshoes 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. Discuss this idea with your horseshoer and see what he/she thinks. 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 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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