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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Can someone tell me about this shoe?

My friend Xavier took this was on a display board and is not an antique shoe out of a museum.

I have a theory, what's yours?

And can someone explain why and when you'd want to double-fuller like that? It would be a good forging test to get the arcs parallel; this farrier did a good job. A smooth arc on a single crease is an art...but parallel ones?

Maybe one of the British farriers can tell us if there is a name for double fullering. However, this is not a British shoe, as far as I know.

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And if you don't like horseshoes, please don't feel obliged to preach to those who do. Just wait til there is a subject you do like. Let's accentuate the positive, my friends. There's plenty of hoof to go around.


Nick Denson said...

Hi Fran,

That's an interesting shoe. If I'm looking at it correctly, it would be appear to be a reverse shoe (aka Napoleon shoe or open-toed eggbar). The clip placement, as well as nail hole placement would kind of indicate that. As for the parallel creasing at, what I'm calling the heel, could it possibly be to increase surface area in that region of the hoof? I often use my creaser to increase both width and length in a particular cross section I may be working with. It is much easier than either bumping or drawing. At any rate, it is a beautiful shoe.

Fran Jurga said...

Hi Nick,

Darn. Someone got it on the first try!

You're right, it is a Napoleon shoe, and hangs on the wall of the "National Guard" stables' forge in central Paris, one of the most fantastic tourist destinations of the farrier (or horse) world.

I'm still not sure about the double creasing though. I did once see Richard Ellis do it on a lateral extension shoe in Wales, though.

That said, Xavier is an architectural photographer, not a farrier, and this shoe is cropped out of a photo of a wall full of them so I don't have any evidence, per se, but how great to think of a Napoleon shoe made by France's most traditional farriers!

Does anyone else have some thoughts?

Henry Heymering said...

The shoe looks like a backwards shoe (open-toed eggbar) to me - that's about the only way the clip position makes sense. It's 00 or 000 in size? and aluminum?

My guess it's for a yearling with tendon problems.

The extra crease may be in an attempt to broaden the web at the rear of the shoe to give more support/float. It looks like it hasn't been worn.

I'd guess whoever made it has not done many backwards shoes -- I'd shape the 'heels' a little differently for a backwards shoe.

Fran Jurga said...

Ooops, I guess I should check my email on Sundays!

Henry Heymering was actually the first to send in the correct answer but he sent it by email for me to re-post for him and I didn't read it until this evening.

Sorry, Henry! But congratulations, you clever fellow!

Scott Gregory said...

If the reverse shoe is for laminitis, the farrier may be trying to correct a dramatic heel first landing. I have done similar using road studs (mustad drive-ins). The same applies sometimes in de-rotation shoeing post surgery.