Photographer Arjan Haverkamp saw nothing unusual about this scene at the Dierenpark Amersfoort (zoo) in The Netherlands. I think he was curious about the donkey's hooves. When I saw the photo, all I could see was the farrier's shoes!
Yes, Arjan tells me, it is a good idea for farriers to wear the traditional Dutch wooden shoes when they work around horses. "The wooden shoes give good protection in case an animal steps on your foot," Arjan said in an email. "I used to wear them on my parents' farm when I was a little boy!"
What do you wear on your feet when you work with horses--and why? Leave a comment, please, and share your shoes!
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--written by Fran Jurga
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