Goodall in Biddle nos. What you have there is the right hind shoe from a mule. When the nail has been completely driven, the farrier cuts off the sharp points and uses a clincher a form of tongs made especially for this purpose or a clinching block with hammer to bend the rest of the nail so it is almost flush with the hoof wall. Tuesday 6th June Last updated: However, there are also cases where shoes are glued. Nailed horseshoes were known but rarely used by the Romans.
Unlike mules that have very straight sides on their feet, front and back, horses have different shaped feet front and back.
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Nonetheless, domestic horses do not always require shoes. The object is heavily corroded. The hooves of horses that are kept in stalls or small turnouts, even when cleaned adequately, are exposed to more moisture than would be encountered in the wild, as well as to ammonia from urine. May they be Roman? The shoe is also very wide, another feature that suggests a date in the se… Created on: The danger is then of becoming too pedantic Hand Made with initials on the bottom corners.