Did you know that a skilled farrier will help your horse’s balance by standing on the same line as the leg on the opposite side? The New York Farriers Association provides education on hoof care, and your farrier will bring that knowledge and care to your barn.
If you ask, a New York farrier may tell you there are three basic reasons to shoe a horse. The metal shoe protects the foot, addresses traction issues and can alter or enhance the horse’s gait. Discuss shoe vs barefoot options with your farrier, and be ready for some good discussion and education.