A thousand years before any one thought to write about the process, horses had some sort of hoof protection.Horsemen throughout Asia equipped their horses with booties made from hides and woven from plants.A horseshoe is a fabricated product, normally made of metal, although sometimes made partially or wholly of modern synthetic materials, designed to protect a horse's hoof from wear.Shoes are attached on the palmar surface (ground side) of the hooves, usually nailed through the insensitive hoof wall that is anatomically akin to the human toenail, although much larger and thicker.There is one wedge shaped calkin and the other is turned down. wide, slightly pointed at front, the breadth being 42mm front, 39mm side, and forming into a keyhole-shape at rear with a narrow parallel accession between the two terminals being 31mm wide over a length of 31mm with distinctly angled internal returns.There are three rectangular nail holes in each branch with one nail remnant in situ. This horseshoe was probably used on a draught horse. The terminals themselves are squared to point back and are 26mm wide.However, there are also cases where shoes are glued.The fitting of horseshoes is a professional occupation, conducted by a farrier, who specializes in the preparation of feet, assessing potential lameness issues, and fitting appropriate shoes, including remedial features where required.
It has quite a wide web, with 3 visable rectangular holes. The bearing surface slopes inwards slightly from the outer edge of the shoe and there are four rectangular nail holes on each side, located on the quarter and heel sections. The object is in a poor condition with a lot of corrosion but it is intact. A complete iron horseshoe, slightly tapering towards the heels and with a folded up calkin.
The thickness of the iron throughout is approx 9mm.