This horseshoe is intended to prevent ‘brushing’ – when the horse strikes the inside of one leg with another. One wing ends in a ‘caulk’ (a protrusion at the toe or heel of a shoe which provides additional traction), while the other tapers to a wedge. Both wings are fullered, and the shoe has six nail holes. It is part of a large collection of traditional craft products acquired from the British Council in 1960. Its origin is not known.

CollectionMuseum of English Rural Life, University of Reading
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Subject TermsCRAFTS : metal-working, LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT : harnessing and shoeing, LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT : healthcare and wellbeing, Horse