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Help identify this horseshoe?

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Hello all - we found this horseshoe type item recently and we cannot seem to identify it.  It is made of iron and seems to be quite old.  Is it a horseshoe or some other implement or tool?  Any input would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

 

 

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It a jump welded hind bar shoe. Looks like it was shod sharp for ice at least by the heels. Cant tell from this view if the toe calk is sharp or not but I suspect it probably is.

Being made of iron it is an old one.

George

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I concur with George. Tho because of the way breakover wears a shoe the toe caulk is likely worn down. Bar shoes are a theropudic shoe. Thus one suspects the horse had some minor lameness issue the shoe was intended to mediate. Could we get a shot of the shoe from the heals and side in plane so we can see the profile?

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On 2/26/2019 at 3:59 PM, ThomasPowers said:

Possibly wrought iron?

Yes sir, definitely.

When horses were sharp shod in that manner the heels were oftentimes turned perpendicular to each other as they are in an attempt to protect a horse from injuring himself if he stepped on his opposite foot.

Crosswise like a race plate sticker would be on the lateral or outside. Inline or parallel would be on the medial or inside.

George

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