What can I do with all of the used horseshoes at the barn?
Horseshoes are often necessary for some horses, and unfortunately have a limited lifetime and often end up in the trash. How can we keep some of these out of landfills and perhaps even give them a new life?
You have lots of options here - and many of them depend on how crafty you are! Here are a few things I have seen and heard of:
-Sculpture. From lawn ornaments to life size draft horses, if you are crafty and have a knack for welding this may be just up your alley.
-Furniture. Nothing like welding together a new bench.
-Flooring accents. I think almost all barns have a horseshoe pushed into wet concrete.
-Fence menders. Have a gap? Close the gap and use the horseshoe as a way to keep the gap closed.
-Bookcase brackets, door handles, wine holders.
-Time killers. No better way to blow off some steam than to challenge your fellow Grooms to a game of horseshoes.
-Recycle them! Most specialty recycling yards accept both aluminum and steel shoes. Some municipalities have even started a horseshoe recycling program….
What do you do with your horseshoes? PS- while we all respect some horses being able to be barefoot, this is not the forum for the shoes vs. barefoot debate. Thanks!