Farriers shoeing a horse at Roughlands Forge, Carronshore

Tom Astbury
Production date
23 Nov 1979
View of the farrier holding the hot shoe against the horse's hoof while an assistant holds the horse's fetlock (ankle). A cloud of smoke is rising from the hoof.
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Production date
23 Nov 1979
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Horses have to be re-shod every 4 to 6 weeks as the hoof grows and the shoe wears down. The shoe has to fit exactly so after paring down the hoof the shoe is heated and placed on the hoof to test the fit. Although it looks and smells bad, it is not painful as the hoof horn is quite insensitive.

The building was originally Skaithmuir Mill. By the late 19th century the buildings were used as a forge. The business later specialised in general smiddy work, including shoeing horses. Although listed, it was demolished in 1988.
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