An unusual horseshoe.

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An unusual horseshoe.

Post by Easylife » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:48 pm

It measures 16cm x 20 cm and was laying at 16” deep on cultivated ground. It is what is known as an egg bar horseshoe which would have been used to correct a horses gait, due to a form of lameness, by increasing the heel's ground-bearing surface. I have zapped it and cleaned it up to a reasonable degree. Research shows that these seem to have been more popular in the US but have not found a similar UK match to help date it with any accuracy though will no doubt be post medieval. So any thoughts appreciated. ::g
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Re: An unusual horseshoe.

Post by Ladybird66 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:57 pm

These days they are used for foot problems ie maybe an abscess in the raised part of the foot.

That one’s been around a while. Things do t change much in the horse world ::g

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Re: An unusual horseshoe.

Post by Timmy 64 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:00 pm

Well done for finding this. I to have find one which I put on our side me garage 👍

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Re: An unusual horseshoe.

Post by Ladybird66 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:37 pm

Just remembered the main use (modern) for .a complete shoe. Laminitis, causes the hoof to break away from the foot. Hence the nails at an odd angle, too relieve pressure and assist in keeping the hoof in place.

You really wanted to know that, didn’t you :D

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Re: An unusual horseshoe.

Post by Blackadder43 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:40 pm

Ladybird66 wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:37 pm

You really wanted to know that, didn’t you :D
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Re: An unusual horseshoe.

Post by HolzHammer » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:51 pm

I think its also known as a Bar shoe... augments the surface area and therefore spreads the weight out a bit.... or something like that.... probably a bit like changing the wheels of a modern tractor these days to suit ground conditions...

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Re: An unusual horseshoe.

Post by Lowland » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:11 pm

Out of all the horseshoes I’ve dug,I have seen one of these easylife ::g
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Re: An unusual horseshoe.

Post by Ladybird66 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:17 am

Thought I’d add an interesting, little known fact connected to the use of round horse shoes.

The horse originally had digits, like our fingers & toes. Through evolution they fused to form the foot as we know it. Inside the foot is the remains of one of those digits, which is useless today but can, because of suffering Laminitis, drop and pierce the base of the foot.
This bone is commonly called The ‘Coffin’ bone. In theory because, if it dropped, there used NOT to be a cure and the horse had to be killed. Hence the need to stop the outside hoof from separating.

Now you really wanted to know that :-O

The shoes I found really fascinating are the half ones. I found a few when I started detecting and assumed they were just broken. So I chucked them rl; then I found out they were Ox shoes !
Fancy that, Oxes wearing shoes x;

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