Guide to Horseshoes
Horseshoes are pieces of U-shaped metal, rawhide, or synthetic material attached to a horse's hooves for protection, added weight, and traction. They can be attached by nails, glue, or fitted like shoes. Horseshoes are fitted by a farrier--a blacksmith who specializes in shoeing horses. They are usually custom-made because hooves come in different shapes and sizes. The horseshoes have to be changed constantly by the farrier. The feet of a growing horse can exceed the size of the horseshoes and can cause the feet to become sore and painful.
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