Without sound feet, a horse is handicapped at best. Fortunately, regular maintenance by a skilled farrier (often called a horseshoer/blacksmith), along with good management by his owner, can keep most horses sound throughout their lives.
Equine feet vary from horse to horse and even foot to foot on the same horse. A good farrier can provide the work you need to keep your horse’s hooves sound so the animal can perform at his peak. Take the time to research and find the right farrier. You will likely work more often and more closely with your farrier than any other professional who touches your horses.
This free report gives the horse owner and caretaker and overview of a farrier’s responsibilities, how to find a good farrier and how to keep him or her.
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