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Parallel Calked Horseshoes Vs. Perpendicular Calked Horseshoes
Parallel Calked Horseshoes Vs. Perpendicular Calked Horseshoes
Resource Typeimage
TitleParallel Calked Horseshoes Vs. Perpendicular Calked Horseshoes
Coverage / Year1914 to 1920s
DescriptionCalks are knob-like structures that are placed on a horseshoe to keep the horse from slipping. Calks are placed on the ends of the shoe and/or on the toe. Parallel calked horseshoes have their calking placed in the same direction or are parallel to each other. While the perpendicular calked horseshoes have one of the calks facing forward and the other facing sideways or are perpendicular to each other.
InterpretationParallel calked horseshoes were commonly used by blacksmiths. However, the perpendicular calked horseshoe may be the unique invention of their one-time owners, the Chesebro blacksmiths of Saunemin Illinois. Horseshoes were changed according to ground conditions and if a horse was not shoed appropriately, it could have been not only dangerous to the horse, but harmful to the people and goods the horse was carrying or pulling. In comparison to the parallel calks, we suspect that the perpendicular calks created better traction and stability for their customers' horses.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities; American communities in history;
Learning Standards16 History; 13 Science, Technology and Society; 18 Social Systems; 15 Economics;
Author or CreatorUnknown
Subject / KeywordsUnited States; Farriers; Transportation; Blacksmithing; Blacksmiths; Ironwork; Horses; Horseshoes; Chesebro Blacksmith Shop
Collection PublisherEarly American Museum
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Resource Identifier1998.016.0021d
CONTENTdm file name67135211162002_98.16.21d.jpg
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