Why don’t you use all the nail holes?

Although many people think that more nails will keep a shoe on better, this is somewhat false.  A shoe is generally lost by a horse stepping on that shoe.  With horses weighing as much as they do, once they step on said shoe, 40 nails will not keep it on.  By using fewer nails, with good height, you ensure the foot remains intact when a shoe is stepped off.  You also leave fewer empty holes to harbor bacteria when the shoe is reset.

Does hot shoeing hurt my horse?

No.  The hot shoe is placed on the outer horn tubules of the hoof.  This keratinized hoof is not sensitive tissue and the hot shoe is not placed long enough to affect internal sensitive tissue.

What are the benefits of hot shoeing?

When you have two prepared surfaces, foot and shoe, a farrier does their best to achieve a flat surface.  By burning the shoe on, you ensure a perfect match between shoe and foot.  The burning also seals the hoof tubules to help control moisture levels and helps to kill any bacteria forming on the foot.

My horse lost a shoe. What do I do?

Give me a call and I will get there as soon as possible to fix the shoe.  Horses feet grow throughout their shoeing cycle.  By leaving room for growth and to support your horse where needed, it’s sometimes necessary to put support where a horse may accidentally step on it.  Although lost shoes are an inconvenience to all of us, a proper supportive shoeing job will ensure your horse is comfortable and performing to their best throughout the cycle.