Shoeing of Cattle

Demonstration in Kommern 2009

Pictures were made available by Richard Woodland

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Shoeing of Cattle in France

Pictures of the ox-drover meeting in the Ecomusée d'Alsace 2008 by Anne Wiltafsky

Philippe Kuhlmann shoes Vosges oxen

french iron:

french iron

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multiple various hoofshoes / irons:

prefabricated irons

cannot be bought any longer nowadays; with stamped specifications as to size, side and an acronym for the producer

first iron with flaws


farrier - own iron

meant to be the backup for the first shoeing; benefits compared to prefabricated irons: individually customized and elaborately embossed hollow for the pad; soon realised downside: side clip is too small, so it is bent sideways through rotation while walking or being sharp, it slices into the sole, which is even worse

farrier - own winter iron

obvious the abrasions where the main load is carried by the hoof; also noticeable how in the front the tip rubs off; underneath 5 caulks welded on; much larger side clips worked very well - even though I worried about their weight in the back of the shoe where no nail can be used; I removed these irons after they had remained in place for 6 weeks even though being fixed with only 3 nails!

farrier - own winter iron (2)

due to growth larger; caulks this time inserted and smoothened on the side facing the hoof; again with hollow for pad

ancient iron


ancient iron

found in a field, it clearly shows the same traces of wear; the side clip here is small, but it is right besides the nailholes which are the farthest back; relatively small iron (for a small animal)

 

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Bullock shoe; self made by Mathuranatha /Australia

bullock shoe

bullock shoe underside

Tied with leather ankle straps these shoes were used in road trips lasting for months with several oxen teams; the "missing" tip never amounted to a problem.