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!
Or, go to the Hoofcare & Lameness Facebook page
--written by Fran Jurga
If you like what you read on The Hoof Blog, please sign up for the email service at the top right of the page; this insures that you will be sent an email on days when the blog has new articles.
© Fran Jurga and Hoofcare Publishing; Fran Jurga's Hoof Blog is a between-issues news service for subscribers to Hoofcare and Lameness Journal. Please, no use without permission. You only need to ask. This blog may be read online at the blog page, checked via RSS feed, or received via a digest-type email (requires signup in box at top right of blog page). To subscribe to Hoofcare and Lameness (the journal), please visit the main site, www.hoofcare.com, where many educational products and media related to equine lameness and hoof science can be found. Questions or problems with this blog? Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow the Hoof Blog on Twitter: @HoofcareJournal
Join the Hoofcare + Lameness Facebook PageTweet