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Eliot Pargament Explains What a Farrier Does and Why Farriers Are Essential to the Care of Your Horse

Eliot Pargament is a farrier and business owner. Presently, Eliot Pargament provides his services to those in and around Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. He can be reached at (703) 727-5281, or mingusman14@gmail.com.

Owning a horse is tremendously rewarding, but it is also a great responsibility. Like any animal, horses require care to ensure they are healthy and fit. One essential element of horse care is farrier services. Eliot Pargament previously of Arkansas, an experienced equine expert, is an AFA- certified farrier servicing the Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Delaware area. He explains what a farrier does and how they can help you.Eliot Pargament Arkansas

Farriers are equine foot care experts, Eliot Pargament explains. Before trimming or shoeing, the farrier evaluates the horse to determine what adjustments are necessary. They then use tools to trim and shape a horse’s hooves and adjust, reshape, and apply horseshoes. Some farriers, including Eliot Pargament, can make custom horseshoes as well.

Eliot Pargament provides shoeing and corrective trimming for all breeds and disciplines. He also works with young horses that are still maturing, helping promote healthy hoof development. In addition, he offers hot/cold therapeutic shoeing and treatments for issues such as laminitis. Clients rely on Eliot Pargament’s extensive equine knowledge for advice on hoof care, nutrition, and equipment and supplements to keep their horses in peak condition. In addition, he educates clients on daily foot care, including picking and cleaning the feet before and after riding or putting the horse out. He explains that this is essential to check for signs of potentially serious issues, such as injury or founder, as well as to remove any obstructions which may become lodged in the shoe and cause pain. It is also important to practice daily foot care so that the horse is accustomed to having their feet worked on; otherwise, a farrier cannot do their job safely.

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Eliot Pargament has been a farrier since 2011. After graduating from the Tuscon School of Horseshoeing, he completed a training program at the “Harvard” of horseshoeing, the Kentucky Horse Shoeing School in Richmond. After apprenticing in the Washington D.C. area, Eliot Pargament started his business Metro Farrier Services. He has traveled the U.S. working at several horse shows and rodeos, including The Prince George’s Equestrian Center – Best Thoroughbred Hunter/Jumper Show. He was also a farrier at the Black-Eyed Susan Indoor Summer Classic at The Prince George’s Equestrian Center. He has worked closely with an expert farrier known for his skillful handling of difficult shoeing procedures and served as an assistant instructor at the University of Maryland. Eliot Pargament has been a traveling farrier at several rodeos. He also continues his education via various training seminars and competitions around the U.S. and in Hamburg, Germany. Eliot services the Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Delaware area.

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Farrier Eliot Pargament Offers Spring Horse Care Tips

Eliot Pargament is a farrier and business owner. Presently, Eliot Pargament provides his services to those in and around Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. He can be reached at (703) 727-5281, or mingusman14@gmail.com.

Spring is just around the corner and it’s almost time to prepare for spring equine training. Before you begin, Eliot Pargament, a Certified Farrier and graduate of Tucson School of Horseshoeing, advises taking a few important precautions to ensure your horse is in good health. Here are his tips.Eliot Pargament Arkansas

First, Eliot Pargament advises checking your horse for blanket rubs which may have occurred as a result of winter bundling. Use soothing products with an aloe base, such as Bag Balm, to soothe the skin.

Next, schedule an appointment with your equine dentist. As a rule of thumb, horses should have their teeth checked twice yearly. Eliot Pargament suggests having a mouth checkup before you start riding to ensure there are no issues before putting a bit in their mouth.

Your farrier should also pay a visit each spring. This is important regardless of whether they were active throughout the winter or had a break in the paddock. The farrier will ensure the hooves are shod or trimmed correctly so you can safely begin spring exercises. Remember to check and clean your horse’s feet twice daily as well. This will ensure there’s nothing lodged in the shoe and provide an opportunity to detect issues like cracks or signs of thrush.

Finally, Eliot Pargament advises getting your horse’s vaccinations. The veterinarian can tell you what shots they will need based on factors such as age, location, and conditions in the area. The veterinarian will also let you know if your horse is a healthy weight and if they need any dietary changes. On a similar note, watch out for over-grazing. Spring grasses may contain high amounts of water but little fiber, leading a horse to graze more than they should. Eating too much sugary grass can result in a serious condition called founder, which can be fatal if not addressed right away. Limit your horse’s time at pasture until they’ve become accustomed to the fresh grass.

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Eliot Pargament has been a farrier since 2011. After graduating from the Tuscon School of Horseshoeing, he completed a training program at the “Harvard” of horseshoeing, the Kentucky Horse Shoeing School in Richmond. After apprenticing in the Washington D.C. area, Eliot Pargament started his business Metro Farrier Services. He has worked closely with an expert farrier known for his skillful handling of difficult shoeing procedures, and served as an assistant instructor at the University of Maryland. Eliot Pargament has been a traveling farrier at several rodeos. He also continues his education via various training seminars and competitions around the U.S. and in Hamburg, Germany. Eliot services the Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Delaware area.

Eliot Pargament’s 3 Tips for Healthy Hooves

Eliot Pargament is a farrier and business owner. Presently, Eliot Pargament provides his services to those in and around Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. He can be reached at (703) 727-5281, or mingusman14@gmail.com.

Whether you’re an amateur horse rider or professional equestrian competitor, caring for your horse’s feet is fundamental. Eliot Pargament, an experienced farrier from Arkansas, says a number of his clients are not aware of proper foot care, something which can impact the horse’s overall wellbeing and performance. Here are his top three tips for better hoof health.

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3 Tips for Healthy Horse Hooves

Nutrition

The saying, “you are what you eat” applies to horses as well as humans. Human fingernails tend to get dry and brittle if a person does not have enough protein or other nutrients, like calcium or iron, in their diet. Likewise, horse hooves do the same. Hooves, like hair, are made of protein and keratin. If a horse is lacking certain nutrients, hoofs may become cracked or grow unevenly. Feeding them quality hay and clean water is the first step. Also, make sure they have the necessary vitamin and trace mineral supplements as recommended by a farrier or veterinarian. Eliot Pargament says research shows hooves that are damaged as a result of poor nutrition can gradually be repaired with supplements of biotin, iodine, methionine, and zinc.

Keep Consistent Conditions

Horse hooves can adjust to consistently dry or damp conditions, but they may become damaged when the horse’s environment fluctuates frequently. This is a common issue in the late spring, summer, and early fall. Particularly, turning out your horse in the evening during this time of year puts your horse in the damp grass, which can make the hooves swell and soften. When they’re put back in the dry, hot stall during the day, the hooves dry and contract. With repetition, the horseshoe nails can loosen and eventually may fall out.

Try to reduce the time your horse spends in wet grass. Also, try to reduce the time they spend in environments where they must stamp flies repeatedly, as this can cause nails to loosen faster. Before turning them out in the evening, Eliot Pargament recommends applying a dressing like Tuff Stuff to the lower two-thirds of the hooves. Be mindful to avoid conditioners that leave the hoof oily, however, particularly before the farrier’s visit, as this can make it difficult to work on the foot. Also, sponge the sweat off your horse instead of giving them too many baths in the summer, which can cause them to stand in wet conditions for an extended period. A daily application of Venice turpentine can help toughen the soles.

Pick the Feet

Eliot Pargament says picking your horse’s feet at least twice a day is the most basic but important way to care for their hooves. Unfortunately, a surprising number of Pargament’s clients believe picking is an occasional job for the farrier. Pick your horse’s feet before you ride, to ensure there are no objects lodged in the shoe, and after the ride for the same purpose. While picking, check the foot for cracks, chips, or signs of issues such as thrush.

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Eliot Pargament has been a farrier since 2011. After graduating from the Tuscon School of Horseshoeing, he completed a training program at the “Harvard” of horseshoeing, the Kentucky Horse Shoeing School in Richmond. After apprenticing in the Washington D.C. area, Eliot Pargament started his business Metro Farrier Services. He has worked closely with an expert farrier known for his skillful handling of difficult shoeing procedures and served as an assistant instructor at the University of Maryland. Eliot Pargament has been a traveling farrier at several rodeos. He also continues his education via various training seminars and competitions around the U.S. and in Hamburg, Germany. Eliot services the Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Delaware area.

Eliot Pargament Provides a Simple Technique for Maintaining Good General Health of Your Horse

Eliot Pargament Arkansas This article is by Eliot Pargament, a Certified Farrier who works in the Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware areas. Eliot received his training at the Tucson School of Horseshoeing in Arizona and at Kentucky Horseshoeing School.

Eliot Pargament may be contacted by phone at 703-727-5281 or email mingusman14@gmail.com

It is important for horse owners to regularly maintain their horses’ hooves by picking up their hooves after each ride and cleaning as much debris and dirt from each hoof. This involves picking up each hoof and scraping them off to remove debris.

This technique is most important for horses that spend much time in damp areas, where dirt and debris accumulate much faster than it does with horses that spend most of their time in very dry climates. Performing routine maintenance has two distinct advantages:

It helps to prevent issues such as hoof fungal infections, which can radiate and cause other health issues.
It is easier and more efficient for a farrier to work on a horse that is used to regularly having its legs picked up and maintained by the owner. Often horses that do not receive regular hoof maintenance are more problematic when farriers trim hooves and shoe the horse.

Many people wonder how American Indians used to get by without ever shoeing their horses. The simple answer is that the average life span of these horses was not as long as horses who receive regular hoof maintenance.

Following this simple technique can result in a horse leading a more healthy and productive life. Remember the saying “no hoof no horse”. Please contact Eliot Pargament for your Farrier needs.