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Old 11-24-2011, 04:39 PM
 
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Default question about horseshoes....

I'll bet someone out there knows the answer.

What were horseshoes (that the work-a-day cowhorse would wear) made of in the 1880's?

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Jann
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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hahahaha You caught me by surprise. I review hundreds of threads a day and I am not normally surprised. I almost spit coke all over my keyboard when I saw "Question about horseshoes..." hahahaha

I don't know what they were made out of in the 1880's, but I would think they were made out of the same material as wagon wheel rims. Malable steel. But that is a guess. I do know that the last set I had made were out of Titainium and they only lasted 300 miles. You might laugh, but I have exact miles on horseshoes because we travel by wagon.

Those are titainium cleets on the shoes.

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Old 11-25-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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Hi, Elkhunter,

They would have been iron or steel, of course, but when the change-over occurred I haven't been able to discover. In western novels you read about a horse's "steel-shod" hooves, never "iron-shod". Little details like that drive me nuts, so I'm still hoping for a definative answer.

I'll remember you if I ever have a question about wagon wheels...

What kind (breed) of horses make up your team?

Cheers,
J
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Auburn
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Hi, Elkhunter,

They would have been iron or steel, of course, but when the change-over occurred I haven't been able to discover. In western novels you read about a horse's "steel-shod" hooves, never "iron-shod". Little details like that drive me nuts, so I'm still hoping for a definative answer.

I'll remember you if I ever have a question about wagon wheels...

What kind (breed) of horses make up your team?

Cheers,
J
one that threw me was the buck elk
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Old 11-25-2011, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Hi, Elkhunter,

They would have been iron or steel, of course, but when the change-over occurred I haven't been able to discover. In western novels you read about a horse's "steel-shod" hooves, never "iron-shod". Little details like that drive me nuts, so I'm still hoping for a definative answer.

I'll remember you if I ever have a question about wagon wheels...

What kind (breed) of horses make up your team?

Cheers,
J
Percheron's with a little Quarter. 3/4 Percheron and 1/4 quarterhorse. Click on my name and go to my home page and you can see pictures of them.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:47 AM
 
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Elkhunter, looked at your photos. I'm guessing the brown team is your percherons/quarter horses? The pintos look too small--but they're sure pretty. I love draft horses (well any horse, but especially drafters). Your team looks a lot like the team they use to pull a tourist stagecoach in Tombstone. I always feel sorry for them--they seem so bored, and you're not allowed to slip 'em a carrot.

-J
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Elkhunter, looked at your photos. I'm guessing the brown team is your percherons/quarter horses? The pintos look too small--but they're sure pretty. I love draft horses (well any horse, but especially drafters). Your team looks a lot like the team they use to pull a tourist stagecoach in Tombstone. I always feel sorry for them--they seem so bored, and you're not allowed to slip 'em a carrot.

-J
The pinto's are the percherons. They're trained to pull singly, as a team, they're broke to saddle and they're broke as pack horses.





I talked to Dan, the local ferrier and he said the shoes made in the late 1800's was a soft iron.
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