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Tuesday, 28 July 2015


Horseshoes of various types were used by migratory Eurasian tribes about the 2nd century BC.

Horseshoes were generally adopted on the continent of Europe as late as the tenth century and introduced into England by William the Conqueror.

Horseshoes were always nailed to the masts of ships commanded by Admiral Nelson. He believed they would bring him luck.

On November 23, 1835, Henry Burden of Troy, New York, developed the first machine for manufacturing horseshoes. Burden later oversaw the production of most of the horseshoes used by the Union cavalry during the American Civil War.

The largest horseshoe collection belongs to Petru Costin of Moldova. It consisted of 3,200 horseshoes as of May 21, 2011, in Chisinau, Moldova.

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