What's This? Carry a Spare


In the late 1800s, both state and federal laws emerged to protect animals in the United States. One such law passed in the 1890s required that horse drawn delivery carriages carry a spare horseshoe. In the case of a lost shoe, the driver — hopefully also competent in driving nails, too — could apply the shoe without shaping it. This “spare tire” could get the horse through the working day until a blacksmith could nail on a replacement shoe. This is a bar shoe version of a “coachman shoe.” 



This shoe and description are courtesy of Pat Reilly (Grad Dip ELR), chief of farrier services at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center as part of its Podological Collection.

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