217Here at Newdigate Vets we work very closely with farriers to ensure the best care for your horse or pony.

We believe that regular visits from your farrier are as important as regular vaccinations or worming. The farriers take a close and detailed look at the hoof and can identify any potential problems that are likely to occur and work to prevent them.

If your horse is unshod, all four feet will be trimmed and rasped to the ideal foot shape. The frequency of this will depend on how quickly the hoof grows and also the time of year, but it generally varies between every 4-8 weeks.

If your horse is shod, the feet will be trimmed before fitting new shoes. Shoes should always be made and shaped to fit the foot, and not the foot shaped to fit the shoe. The type of shoe will take lots of factors into considerations such as: the exercise the horse is doing, their natural foot balance, the quality of the horse’s hoof and whether it maintains this quality. Stud holes can also be put into shoes, particularly if your horse competes a lot or exercises regularly in areas where they may need more grip, for example on grass performing relatively difficult movements.

When trimming the foot, your farrier will aim to ‘balance’ the foot by removing excess growth (especially from the toe) and rasping to ensure a level bearing surface.

Using diagnostic imaging and our lameness investigation facilities we can collaborate with farriers to correct shoeing or find solutions that will work for your horse. We all work together to give your horse, pony or donkey as much support as they may require and sometimes this needs a little more work and investigation than others.

placeholder300We also have the adaptability to bring our facilities to meet you and your farrier at your own yard. This saves the amount of travelling your horse and farrier have to do, yet still come up with a solution together.

Ricky Gache and Mark Fisher work closely with us here at Newdigate Vets but we are happy to work with you and we understand how personal this job can be. It is incredibly important to find a farrier you trust and works well for your horse. Once a solution is found and proven to work, we like to work with it to maintain a consistent yet dynamic level of care.