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Horsehoof knife
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Title: Horsehoof knife
Identifier: X964.100.71
Item Date: 1820-1890
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Horse hoof knife, handle bone, blade metal. Blade curves, bent over on one end and the handle follows the curve of the blade. There is a slot cut out of the handle to insert the blade in and the blade is held in place by three small screws.

A hoof knife is part of a set of tools that is used to 'shoe' a horse. To shoe a horse is to remove and replace a horseshoe. Before beginning to shoe, the farrier removes the old shoe using pincers (shoe pullers) and trims the hoof wall to the desired length with nippers, a sharp pliers-like tool, and the sole and frog of the hoof with a hoof knife. Shoes do not allow the hoof to wear down as it naturally would in the wild, and it can then become too long.

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