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We ourselves are horse owners and horseshoers that compete in a wide range of equestrian sports and we put hoof care #1 on our list of necessities. We 100% agree with the saying "No Foot, No Horse"! You now have easier access to farriers in Bethlehem 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. 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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Is Equine Hoof Care Really Essential?

Bethlehem Horseshoer trimming a horse in WV

Your horse’s health and performance is a direct correlation 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. 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. When seen regularly by a professional a lot of these problems can be detected and treated at an earlier stage.

Why Do Horses Need Shoes?

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. A lot of WV 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. Hoof protection is generally the second reason. Oftentimes a horse can become sore due to wearing the hoof down on hard surfaces. 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. 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 Bethlehem WV 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. That is why it’s vital to only use a highly qualified farrier to shoe your horse.

What signs to look for that indicates you need a professional to do your horseshoeing. These are typical questions that farriers have to answer daily. This question is not easily answered and it really depends. Horseshoeing is not a one technique fits all practice. There are multiple things to be considered. Asking for you farriers opinion is the best way to devise a long term plan.

Generally, your farrier will want to know:

  • Do you ride your horse often?
  • Do you stall your horse?
  • What is your horse's activity level?
  • Do you have any concerns about lameness in your horse?
  • What type of ground is your horse generally on?
  • Is soft hooves an issue with your horse?
  • Are shoes necessary for your horse?

Tips to Finding a Good Horse Shoer in Your Local Area

Typically a good WV farrier will be knowledgeable in most horseshoeing techniques. They may or may not offer full services in the following style:

  • Cold Shoeing: The most common way horses are shod. The farrier will initially trim and balance the foot and inspect it for any potential problems. Many people choose this method because it requires less skill and is much faster than other methods of horseshoeing. 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. Many of them feel like they do a better job when they use this method. They try to natural balance the foot and the hot shoe take help remedy other small imperfections. Another added benefit a farrier usually likes is that the horseshoe will fit your horse better. Just because horseshoers in Bethlehem 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. 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. However, if your farrier is equipped with tools to hot shoe it is a good indication that he/she takes a lot of pride in their work and have went the extra mile to learn this more traditional shoeing method.
  • Trimming: Not all horses require shoes. Horses that see very light use may never need shoes. Good farriers know how to properly trim a barefoot horse so that the hoofs are less likely to chip or break off pieces of the hoof. 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: 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. 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. 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.

Bethlehem WV Farrier Services for All Horses

  • Rope Horses
  • Barrel Horses
  • Cutting Horses
  • Reining Horses
  • Draft Horses
  • Dressage Horses
  • Gaited Horses
  • Ranch Horses
  • Western Pleasure
  • Hunters

Types of Horseshoes Commonly Used by Farriers in Bethlehem

There are many horseshoes your farrier may choose to use on your horse. The following are a few examples:

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  • Heart Bar Shoe: When a horse has laminitis, this type of shoe is used. This horseshoe features a central triangular projection that covers the frog. In order to restore or increase blood circulation to horses hoof a farrier will likely choose a heart bar shoe. In order to avoid further damage to the horse's hoof, a farrier will be extremely careful when applying a heart bar shoe. 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. Proper application of the hear bar shoe is crucial for the horse to get proper blood flow. 
  • Eggbar Shoe: When a horse has a contracted or under-run heels, an eggbar shoe is used. Farries apply eggbar shoes on horses that have low or collapsed heels and need 360 degrees of support. If a horse needs extra support for the back of the leg and feet, then this eggbar shoe can be tremendously helpful.
  • Bar Shoe: Bar Shoe: Horses that will benefit with this type of shoe include horses with sheared heels, white line disease, or quarter cracks. This type of shoe is constructed to allow the hoof capsule more support. Common problems such as quarter cracks and thin-soled horses can be corrected by using a bar shoe. 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. 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: 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. 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. 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: If your horse is a race horse, then you will definitely need to have race plates put on your 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: 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. Most farriers who shoe polo ponies are educated and understand the importance quality shoeing for the riders and the horse's protection on the 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. A wedged shoe is a therapeutic shoe that is strictly for use on horses with specific conditions. These shoes will help prevent lameness. Your horseshoer in Bethlehem will have knowledge in how to properly apply pads for a horse. The seriousness of your horse's condition will dictate the degree of wedge needed for your horse.

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Hiring a professional is the best solution any horse owner could choose. A highly-skilled farrier in Bethlehem West Virginia will be able to recognize and help you determine if your horse needs shoes or not. Not all horse owners put shoes on their horses. They believe leaving them unshod is the most natural thing to do. 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. 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. A local professional farrier or veterinarian should be found if you notice any foot related problems such as lameness, hoof cracks or thrush.

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