What's This? A Truly ‘Gripping’ Find





According to Steve Kraus, Cornell University’s head of farrier services and senior lecturer, the shoe depicted was typically used on light draft horses for traction on ice about 100 years ago. These shoes are either Giant Grips or Never Slip calks.

Genuine Giant Grip Horse Shoe Calks were driven with a punch. To remove the calks, the company said you needed a special extractor. If you have more information about the shoe, please share it with us at


Thanks to Rich Albrecht of LaGrangeville, N.Y., for sharing this antique horseshoe!


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


September/October 2019

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