What's This? For Those Who Don’t Like Nails


This is a nailless horseshoe from around 1900. To secure the fit when applying it to the hoof, the horseshoer would twist the small nut from the ground surface This appliance was made from brass and steel. When the shoe was worn, it would be replaced with a new plain stamp shoe.


This shoe was donated by Scottish farrier Robin Pape to Douglas Bradbury’s (FWCF, MBE) UK Horseshoeing Museum. To see more from his museum and a video featuring Bradbury and his museum, please visit


Do you have a shoe or tool that you’d like to share or want more information about? Submit photos of your item, as well as its history and how it was used to Jeff Cota at

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