nr said:How did folks convince an ox to pick up his foot for shoeing in the old days ?
Faster horses said:Did they even shoe oxen? I didn't realize that and I have never come across it.
It would be very hard to accomplish, IMO, because oxen are cloven hoofed. Which means each side of the hoof moves independently. It would take a very wide-webbed shoe to stabalize the foot.
Interesting question, nr.
Faster horses said:Thanks for the pictures. I am in awe.
Took some hardy folks to nail those on.
This is something I never thought about before. Of course, the oxen
would need something for support and protection as far as they
Very interesting to say the least.
Jinglebob said:nr, they use a set of stocks, quite often.
Stocks are similar to a chute for cattle or horse. An animal can't leave and there is a a strong pipe or pole that ran horizontilly, with nothing below it, so that you can tie a foot up to the pole and hold it where it is handy to tack on the shoe and there isn't anything i your way.. At least they did this in the northeast, where they worked oxen more often. Some farriers still have them and use them on broncy horses. And draft horses, as they are so much bigger and it takes more strength to hold one of their feet up.
I read of ranches in Arizona, where they used shoes on the bulls, as it was so rough and rocky, if they didn't, the bulls would get sore footed and wouldn't get around to all of the cattle to breed them.
I'm sure that they roped and tied down a few out west, but I'll bet it was the last resort. Have you ever tried to trim a horswe or tack shoes on one, who is laying on his side? It's a pain!