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Common Horseshoer Terms

Horseshoes are used to protect a horse’s hooves from wear and tear. Domesticated horses often require shoes because their hooves do not harden in the same way as wild horses, and they carry the extra weight of riders and work equipment. The following are some common terms to know when looking for horseshoer.

  • Farrier – A farrier is a professional who supplies horseshoes, and who is highly knowledgeable about horse hoof care. They can trim a hoof to make it more balanced and fit a horse for shoes. Farriers will either nail shoes on to a hoof in a way that does not cause pain to the animal or glue shoes on.
  • Blacksmith – Blacksmiths forge things from steel and iron by hammering and bending metal into a desired shape. They make a wide variety of objects, including horseshoes. A blacksmith who makes horseshoes either works as a farrier as well or works with a horse-shoeing specialist to provide supplies for shoeing horses.
  • Anvil – An anvil is a metal block used by a blacksmith for forging metals. A work piece is placed in the anvil and struck with a hammer to shape it. Anvils are typically made from steel.
  • Laminitis – Laminitis is a disease that effects the hooves of horses, causing inflammation and lameness. Laminitis can be caused by many things, including overworking a horse, or result as a complication of another medical problem, like Cushing’s disease. Veterinarians and ferriers work together to care for horses with laminitis.
  • Pincers – Pincers are a type of handheld tool used to pinch and pull an object. They are commonly used to remove nails. A horseshoer would use pincers to remove an old horseshoe in order to replace it with a new one.
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    A & J Horseshoeing
    Horseshoeing: correct shoeing for balance and performance. Providing dependable and caring service by a skilled farrier. Montana State University Graduate. From the back yard horse to performance horses. We value our customers.
    (405) 779-4944
    Happy Horseshoeing & Training
    600 Kirk Rd., Ochelata, OK 74051
    Complete farrier service and horse training facilty, offering discounts if you come to us and will also travel. Adding a western consignment and coffee shop this year for our customers.
    (918) 521-2459
    Tyler Davison Farrier Service
    1007 Se 3rd St, Stigler, OK 74462
    Local equine professional and farrier specialist provides hoof care and grooming. We are highly skilled and use the highest quality tools to ensure hoof health and integrity.
    (918) 550-9937
    Oklahoma Horseshoeing School
    26446 Horseshoe Cir, Purcell, OK 73080
    (405) 288-6085
    Ok County Farrier Service
    2831 N Henney Rd, Choctaw, OK 73020
    (405) 390-8834
    Harien Mogck Horseshoeing
    7900 W 43rd St S, Muskogee, OK 74401
    (918) 687-9885


    Horseshoers are the professionals who apply shoes to horses. Commonly made of steel, horseshoes are U-shaped objects nailed or glued to a horse’s hooves, meant to protect the equine’s feet. Horseshoers, also called farriers, can go to school to learn this trade or they can learn it over time, say, through a family farming business. They attach the horseshoe to the hoof wall, which doesn’t hurt the animal due to the thickness of this substance, akin to toenails. They work with a variety of supplies and materials for horseshoes, and although steel is the most popular, these u-shaped devices can also be made out of aluminum, rubber, copper, iron, or plastic. Steel is meant for more heavy-duty running, competitions, and show jumping, whereas aluminum is lighter and is meant for horse racing. Horseshoe specialists, known as blacksmiths in the UK, use many specialized tools in their practice, including anvils to forge the horseshoes for proper balance. To prevent cracking in the horse’s hoof, many farriers give the animals special supplements. These pellets can also prevent weak hoof walls and promote normal hoof growth, plus it can help the horse’s hooves retain shoes for a longer period of time. Applying horseshoes is all a part of general horse care and grooming, such as brushing and cleaning. Farriers may purchase the necessary supplies from wholesalers or retailers, both in store or online. They may get recommendations from local veterinarians as well. Vets can also prescribe necessary medications, such as in the case of Cushing’s disease, an endocrine disorder. General care is taken by farriers and blacksmiths to keep a horse’s hooves as comfortable and balanced as possible, given all the work they do, running, jumping, competing, riding, and galloping.
     
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