Dating horseshoes


Voriax My grandfather was a blacksmith in the early 1900's. As things progressed he went from shoeing horses and fixing wagons to welding and rebuilding plow points and repairing farm machinery.When us kids would spend a couple weeks in the summer with my grandparents, I can remember many mornings being wakened by the sound of his hammer hitting the anvil in his shop next to the house. Al I've found several in civil war camps and they tended to (when really cleaned up) have deep pitting over the entire shoe.Yeah, I was a farrier, but I took some heat over that name if you know what I mean, so I always called myself a horseshoer. Both are hind shoes, and both are what's called "hot" shoes, meaning that if nothing else is done to work the shoe hot, the heels have to be clipped to length by heating red hot then cutting them off using a hardie on the anvil and hitting it with a hammer.People understand better, and there is less explaining to do. If the shoe was really deep, it probably got there because the ground was being plowed, therefore its depth really isn't a good indicator of age either. The shoe that is new was made in Japan and dates to when I was in business back in the 1970's.When he started that thing each morning, it looked like the shop was burning down with somke coming out of every door and window. It would shake the ground for about a 50 foot circle. You normally thing of blacksmiths as being big burly looking characters, but he was a little man. It's just a hay field and I think it's been that way for a long, long time.Here is the shoe I found about a foot down: And another angle with the measuring tape: Here's a shoe Krom found in the same field, obviously from a work horse and probably more modern ...During the Revolutionary war, US soldiers evidently played horseshoes causing the Duke of Wellington to write, “the war was won by the pitchers of horse hardware.” Union soldiers pitched mule shoes in Civil War camps.

The rules of this first tournament called for two-inch tall stakes to be placed 38 feet apart.The game became a family sport that was enjoyed by men, women, boys and girls.There is some evidence that the first horseshoe club was founded in Pennsylvania in 1899.The rusty one is exactly the same, except it has a bit of corrective work done on one heel, making me think it's probably off of a driving horse used on a light wagon, or a buggy. Well, it was dug by the county when they were cleaning a roadside ditch in front of the house. As far as I know, nobody has driven a buggy to the church next door for probably 70 or 80 years.

My great grandmother drove a buggy to church up into the 1920's, but unless you are in Amish country, I don't think that went on much longer than that.

Jackson would go on to win six more world championships.


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