copper horseshoes

Discussion in 'Horseshoeing Competitions and Handmade Horseshoes' started by chris bunting, Mar 22, 2015.

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    chris bunting Well-Known Member

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    why , where and when can you use copper horseshoes ?
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    smitty88 Well-Known Member

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    Did they use them on pit ponies chris?
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    chris bunting Well-Known Member

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    we didnt at Keresley Colliery and I didnt in Portugal , I know Doug has them in his museum but I am beginning to think its a bit of an old wifes tale about there use down the pit , miners wore hobnail boots , they used steel picks and shovels , cart wheels and tracks were steel , lighting was a naked flame so the myth about sparks IMO is worthless
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    ray steele Administrator

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    There is a copper alloy shoe being marketed for it s anti fungal qualities among other attributes.

    Ray
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    chris bunting Well-Known Member

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    I saw that Ray , dated 2012 , never gone any further though ,
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    ray steele Administrator

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    Chris,

    I think it is still advertised in the laqst AFJ, ,2015.

    happened to speak to a farrier in Florida back in January of this year who used a couple of pair and felt that he saw an improvement .

    ray
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    Bill Adams Active Member

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    I heard Myron Mclane made a set for the carriage horse for his daughter's wedding. He said the driver noticed the horse stepped on a heel and bent it while they were waiting, but when he stood on it, it went flat again. The purpose of using copper was for looks, style, and that he had some.
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    Jack Evers Active Member

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    To the best of my knowledge (heard it from Myron) Bill's story is correct.


    Myron then removed those shoes, polished them and mounted them on a board for Amy and her husband..
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    smitty88 Well-Known Member

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    A friend of mine made this shoe as a wedding gift to a friend of ours
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    smitty88 Well-Known Member

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    Its full size by the way
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    chris bunting Well-Known Member

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    makes it even more impressive imo
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    smitty88 Well-Known Member

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    Its very nice work
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    smitty88 Well-Known Member

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    I was left some of these shoes and all his tools an old dublin farrier
    these were used on the pit ponies SS100826_zps5fb6c9da.jpg
    there is copper through the shoe
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    Patrick New Member

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    I'm no good at making shoes, but I made these copper plates to patch cracks out of 3/4" water pipe. I tried filling them with equithane for one cycle but it they got worse. This photo was taken after the copper patch was on for 7 weeks. I used gorilla glue under the copper.
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    ray steele Administrator

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    Has anyone here had any experience with the copper alloy shoes that are on the market, I ask because several folk at the Summit spoke to me about the presentation /infomercial there and I remembered this thread from around this time last year?

    ray
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    brian robertson Active Member

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    just got the pair of copper shoes I won at the IHCS trade show, their turning dies are a little racked or they sent 2 left fronts. I will spike them on somebody. They are an alloy not pure copper
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    ray steele Administrator

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    Thanks Brian,

    I d be interested to hear your observations of them throughout your use. I listened to the infomercial put out by the AFJ with Esco Buff narrating , and as I said several folk stopped at the Summit ,this past year and previous years to talk about these shoes and about my cu coated nails, so it has peaked my interest a bit.

    thanks

    ray
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    brian robertson Active Member

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    they recommend using steel nails not copper plated in order get the best reaction from the dissimilar metals
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    ray steele Administrator

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    Brian,

    did you ever nail up the pair that you got last year?

    ray
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    brian robertson Active Member

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    nope. still hanging in the truck. thought they would have turned green by now. This year the IHCS the vender said the shoes are a copper alloy not pure copper. wouldn't say what else is in them

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