Nailed horseshoes

Why did people invent nailed horse shoes?

The Romans needed a way to improve on horses feet. So they invented horse shoes!

Ancient Nailed Horseshoes (Iron Hipposandals) were invented by the Romans!

Why do horses wear shoes?

People who owned horses noticed that there horses were wearing out their feet faster than they grew. A horses foot never stops growing. The reason horse shoes are made of metal, is because it can give you more protection since it's stronger. These are also known as Iron Hipposandals! "Why Do Horses Wear Shoes?" MOMS RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2014.

Nailed horseshoes were used by horses, ponies, and sometimes mules! Because the animal's hoof used a lot of pressure, they had to be made of thick metal. "Iron Hipposandal." British Museum -. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2014.


The Romans made ways of protecting horses' feet on ground, and also to help keep better grip! Lubar, Steven. Smithsonian Visual Timeline of Inventions. Darling Kindersley. 1994.16

These shoes were made more than 2,000 years ago!

Types of Horseshoes

Horseshoes only have a few nails. Some horseshoes have weight in the toes to help raise their feet a lot higher. Racing horses wear light shoes too that sometimes wear out easily after a few races. Winter shoes or shoes that are made for mountain trails have cleats on the bottom that keep horses from slipping on ice or snow; help them have a better grip on the ground. Stack, Tom. World Book H9. World Book Inc. 2007. 356