Dating old horseshoes

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It is estimated that more than 10 million people play horseshoes every year.Okay, I have been hunting sort of hit or miss for a couple of weeks on some private property that had a logging community on it in the 1870's-1880's.I would think horseshoes, just like anything else, can roughly be dated by how crude the item looks.In other words, as progress evolved, so did uniformity.This evolved into the game of quoits (which uses a 4 pound iron ring in a manner similar to horseshoes). Horseshoes in the United States was probably brought over by the early English settlers.But modern horseshoes might well be called "muleshoes" because it was spread by Union soldiers during the American Civil War playing the game with the discarded shoes of mules.I also found in another area (a five minute walk from where the horseshoe was found) the brass off of a Peters brand shotgun shell that should date from the 1930's-1940's.

I have hit a couple of small clearings with limited luck but today I found a horseshoe and part of a buckle off of a sadle.Even so, the Dark Ages saw much less use of horseshoes, and it does not appear that horses were generally shod until at least the 9th century.The practice did not become common in England until the invasion by the Normans in 1066.For example a mosaic portraying the Battle of Issus dug up in Pompeii in the 1830s clearly shows a horseshoe on a horse Horseshoes were developed to harden and protect the hooves of horses for the rigorous jobs they had to perform.Interestingly enough, the first horseshoes were not nailed on, but held on in the same manner sandals were held onto the feet of humans.

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