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!


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