Find a Horse Farrier That Services the Oak Harbor WA Area

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Our team is comprised of professional horseshoers and horse owners who participate in various equestrian sports and proper hoof care is our #1 priority. We thoroughly believe in the statement “No Foot, No Horse”. Giving you direct access to farriers in Oak Harbor is our primary goal. These handpicked professionals are highly skilled in just about every aspect and can provide you with exceptional equine hoof care. 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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The Essentials of Why Equine Hoof Care is Needed

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Proper horseshoeing directly affects the health and performance of your horse. 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. 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. 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 Do Horses Need Shoes?

There are 3 primary reasons why you should have a farrier shoe your horse. Traction is usually the first reason for most shoeing. Many WA performance horses require more traction than what they have barefoot. Creating better traction for horses is importance because it can help prevent serious injuries from slipping. Protecting the hoof is the second reason for shoeing. Extreme hoof wear can occur on some horses and it will cause soreness. 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. Correcting foot related problems is the third reason people opt to shoe their horse. Many horses will need some sort of specialty shoe in their life time. It could be due to an injury, or it could be due to bad conformation. In most situations your local Oak Harbor WA horseshoer can help correct problems like lameness and feet that are not bearing weight in the proper manner. It is very common for a horse that has been poorly shod for a long period of time to need corrective shoeing. It is very important to find a farrier who knows what they are doing and is educated.

Are there any common signs that your horse needs to have a professional shoe them? These are typical questions that farriers have to answer daily. Each horse and owner are different so it really just depends. The reason for that is because there are so many factors that come into play. Just ask your farrier for their opinion on the best plan to help your horse.

A few questions they will need answers to are:

  • Do you ride your horse often?
  • Do you keep your horse in a stall or pasture?
  • Is your horse active on a daily basis?
  • Is your horse crippled or lame?
  • What type of ground is your horse generally on?
  • Does your horse have soft hoofs?
  • Are shoes necessary for your horse?

Find a Good Horse Shoer that Services Your Area

While a professional WA farrier is very knowledgeable in all aspects of shoeing, they may specialize in particular styles in the following areas:

  • Cold Shoeing: The majority of horses are shod using this method. 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. 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: 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. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. Just because horseshoers in Oak Harbor 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. 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: Not all horses require shoes. When a horse is not ridden very frequently they may not need shoes at all. Most good farriers understand how to properly trim the foot of a lightly used horse so that any hoof 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: If your horse is having problems staying sound, a farrier that specializes in therapeutic shoeing may be able to help your horse. Therapeutic shoeing can work miracles on horses that are lame. Oftentimes special techniques and custom shoes can help your horse 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. If a unqualified person is hired to do a job he does not understand the consequences to, then your horse could become more lame and have more issues than you started with.

Oak Harbor WA 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 Oak Harbor 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: The heart-bar horseshoe is used to promote blood flow into the hoof. 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 the opposite side of things, if enough pressure is not applied to the frog, nothing will happen 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: An experienced, knowledgeable and skilled farrier will use an eggbar shoe for treating a horse with underslung heels. This shoe is designed to help the back half of the hoof to work more than it has been in regular shoes, promoting heel growth. 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: Bar Shoe: Horses that will benefit with this type of shoe include horses with sheared heels, white line disease, or quarter cracks. 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. 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. 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. 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: 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. Opinions on using clips greatly varies between farriers and horse owners. Some feel that they are necessary, while others do not see the need for them. 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. A farrier who places clips on horses must fit the hoof correctly. This insures that the job is clean and neat 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: Unless your horse is a race horse, there is no need for race plates. Farriers who work at the racetrack specialize in race plates. These shoes are made out of aluminum and the have what is called a toe grab on the front of the shoe, allowing the horse to be slightly faster than if they did not have it.
  • 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. 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: For horses with contracted heels or an under run heel, using wedged shoes and wedge pads is highly recommended. 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 Oak Harbor 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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We encourage horse owners to employ a well-qualified professional for all hoof care. A well-qualified farrier in Oak Harbor Washington knows what he is doing, and will be able to help you figure out if your horse needs horseshoes or not. Some people never have their horses shod and feel like riding them barefoot is more natural. 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. 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. Some people will slap shoes on a horse not realizing that the anatomy of a horse coincides with a good shoe job. Improperly shod horses can lead to huge problems in the near and distant future. 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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For Your Convenience, Washington Horse Farrier Services Can Be Found in These Locations

Four Lakes : Neah Bay : Newport : Oak Harbor : Edison : Spokane : Blaine : Creston : Wilbur : Sammamish : Everett : Esperance

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