Post by Jerry Todd on Nov 29, 2009 17:51:01 GMT -5
I heard stories of a certain fella that always shod his horse with period shoes for events, but when I finally met him in person, his horse was shod with plain modern shoes. He did have a pair of period shoes and nails in his saddle bag said to be fitted to his mounts front hooves. The only non-original period horse shoes I've seen before or since.
I used to carry a used pair of shoes in my bags which were more for playing horse-shoes in camp than anything else. My mount is typically barefoot.
I imagine you'd have to make them, or are there some modern ones close enough to be easily worked into reasonable facsimiles.
You need to find a farrier who makes his/ her own shoes. It is lost art, I did it once in farrier school but that was about 10 years ago. It takes a while slaving over a hot forge and anvil. I have thought of making some but have not really have had the time. Of course you just can't make 0,00, etc. shoes, in order to be exact you really need to forge the shoe to the horse. Of course back then they did have blank shoes but if some one makes them I wouldn't know who. Sorry I couldn't be more help Andy Miller 1st California Cavalry (Arizona Territory)