Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Putting The Rubber On The Road


The cart horse has gone the way of the dodo in much of the world, though if gas prices keep going up, they might come back. Here we still depend on horsepower. To provide traction on the asphalt the cart horses are given hoof pads made of old car tires. This is the hoof of a mule that a friend of mine bought from a carter and it shows how they do it. Hang on to the photo...it could come in handy.

3 comments:

Abid said...

Cool!

babooshka said...

I love the shot of the single hoof. A novel recycling use for car tyres.

Dina said...

Hoof pads, what an idea. New to me! How are they affixed? Doesn't the frog need to breathe or something?
Guess you wouldn't get stones that way. As I remember from Heifer Ranch, lifting the rear legs of the donkeys for hoof picking was not fun.
Great picture and revelation. Shukran.