A different viewpoint on the development of the nail-on shoe: Who first invented horseshoes?
The traditional view (still held by some archaeologists) is that they were invented by the Celts around 100 B. This opinion is based on the fact that they had the need (northern type horses with broad soft feet subject to wear), the resources (a supply of iron) and the skills (to forge and fashion them).
A review of early Roman discourses on horse care and veterinary matters provides no written evidence for use of horseshoes whatsoever. fixing prices for everyday goods and services, including those of the (horse doctor), and although this contained an exhaustive list of equine services and procedures (including care and trimming of feet), it does not list anything at all relating to shoes or shoeing. D., but other than that it is very difficult to be precise.
There are plenty of references to the need for good feet, soundness and hard hooves, but not one single mention a horseshoe. A rather surprising omission if the Romans shod their horses. on “The Veterinary Art” makes no mention of horseshoes whatsoever, so it seems highly likely that the horseshoe in its modern form was actually developed some time between 500 A. It seems that horseshoes were not widely used initially, as there is only very limited evidence from their early years.
A final parting thought: Why was the shoe invented?
Common sense answers “to prevent wear of the horses foot, so it does not go lame”, and that is a very good reason, especially for a cavalry horse that is travelling a long distance, such as to fight in the Crusades.
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We keep plenty of tables free for walk-in guests, so give us a call and we’ll try our very best to fit you in.Iron itself is notoriously difficult to date with any accuracy, though modern steels may contain metals not available in the ancient world (e.g.chromium is only found in steel from 1865 onwards).Please note a discretionary 10% service charge will be added to tables of 6 or more.Horseshoes may serve a certain function for a horse, but people tend to think of horseshoes as an item of superstition rather than sound footing. We also like to throw them around, turning a piece of metal into a game of high stakes in backyards around the world.
Although the ancient Greeks may have been the ones to first play the game, it's now a lawn game enjoyed around the world, played in countries including Italy, Israel and South Africa.