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Blunt Calked Horseshoes Vs. Sharp Calked Horseshoes
Blunt Calked Horseshoes Vs. Sharp Calked Horseshoes
Resource Typeimage
TitleBlunt Calked Horseshoes Vs. Sharp Calked Horseshoes
Coverage / Year1914 to 1920s
DescriptionCalks were knob-like structures placed on a horseshoe to prevent a horse from slipping. Blunt calks are box shaped, the top being most obviously flat. Sharp calks come to a point at the top and look triangular from the side.
InterpretationHorseshoes 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. Although blunt calks provided some traction, sharp calks acted like cleats on a horseshoe and were necessary in more slippery conditions.
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; Ironwork; Blacksmiths; Blacksmithing; Horses; Calking; Hooves
Collection PublisherEarly American Museum
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Resource Identifier1998.016.0023h
CONTENTdm file name39036211162002_98.16.23h.jpg
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