What's This? Phoenix Rising


This rusted horseshoe was found by Dennis Brown of Milwau­kee, Wis., while walking along a gravel road in northern Wis­consin. The road had been recently improved, indicating that the shoe was inadvertently transported to the site with a load of gravel.

The three-quarter fullered shoe appears to have a rolled toe with significant wear. It features three nails remaining in one branch.

“This shoe looks like an old long-heel Phoenix brand shoe,” says Steve Kraus, CJF, head of Farrier Services at Cornell University. “It appears that it has turned heels and possibly a small forge-welded toe grab. It’s likely a shoe off a driving horse.”

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SOURCES: Dennis Brown, Steve Kraus.

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