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Friday, July 06, 2012

Friends at Work: Hoof-Related Road Call in Melbourne, Australia

Farrier changing horseshoes on Swanston Street

Now that's service. A street scene today in Melbourne, Australia showed a farrier performing a road repair for a carriage horse on Swanston Street in the city center.

Perhaps the carriage company has a fleet maintenance contract?

It looks like the farrier arrived on the motorcycle, which makes sense since Swanston Street is pretty much a pedestrian mall. Horse-drawn carriages, streetcars and bicycles are the vehicles of choice here.

The street is watched over by this wonderful metal sculpture of a horse, which swings in the wind.

Photo courtesy of Chef Alpha.

Click here to order this helpful, informative guide to the inner layers of the hoof wall from Drs Lancaster and Bowker via Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Equine Foot Laboratory

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