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TITLE
Horse-shoeing techniques in Caithness
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CAITHNESS_CROFTING_10
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
41329
KEYWORDS
crofting
crofters
crofter
croft
crofts
blacksmith
blacksmiths
smiddy
smiddies
horse shoes
horse shoe
horse-shoeing
horse shoeing
Clydesdales
Clydesdale horses
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In this audio extract a Caithness blacksmith recalls horse-shoeing techniques. He mentions a 'cacker' which was a special ridge on the heel of the horseshoe for a working horse, such as a Clydesdale, to prevent its feet slipping.

'An the horse shoeing. Making the shoes - that wis a job when there came a storm of snow. We'd a whole - two lines of nails on the wall an ye filled that nails wi different sizes. We'd start at fifteen inches o a bar - that's a flat bar like - sixteen, seventeen, seventeen an a half, eighteen, eighteen an a half, right up till twenty inches. That wis our biggest size of a bar, twenty inches. All different sizes. An then we'd the ponies - they were flat, there were no cackers in their shoes'

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Horse-shoeing techniques in Caithness

CAITHNESS

1980s

crofting; crofters; crofter; croft; crofts; blacksmith; blacksmiths; smiddy; smiddies; horse shoes; horse shoe; horse-shoeing; horse shoeing; Clydesdales; Clydesdale horses; audio

Highland Libraries

Caithness Recordings: Crofting & Farming

In this audio extract a Caithness blacksmith recalls horse-shoeing techniques. He mentions a 'cacker' which was a special ridge on the heel of the horseshoe for a working horse, such as a Clydesdale, to prevent its feet slipping.<br /> <br /> 'An the horse shoeing. Making the shoes - that wis a job when there came a storm of snow. We'd a whole - two lines of nails on the wall an ye filled that nails wi different sizes. We'd start at fifteen inches o a bar - that's a flat bar like - sixteen, seventeen, seventeen an a half, eighteen, eighteen an a half, right up till twenty inches. That wis our biggest size of a bar, twenty inches. All different sizes. An then we'd the ponies - they were flat, there were no cackers in their shoes'