I was looking through some of the Pinterest accounts and boards and came across a site that just collected different types of art that had used horse shoes. So I couldn’t resist it and decided to put together an article all about the Art of Horse Shoes.
I have selected a few samples of some of the different horse set pieces but check out my Pinterest account for other horsey art pics and equine information pins.
History of Horse Shoes
Obviously you can’t create horse shoe art without horse shoes, but where did that all begin.
It seems that as soon as man decided to work with horses, then the need to protect horses feet became part of the deal. From early Asian practices of covering the horses feet and padding them, to as far back as the first century where Roman soldiers protected their horses hooves using a model similar to their own sandal design. There has always been some form of hoof protection that has been used.
From approximately 1000 AD onwards horseshoeing became common practice across Europe. The term farrier was introduced by the 16th century from the Latin term ferrarius meaning smith and later the French verb ‘ferrier’ to shoe horses.
So with such a long standing tradition of horse shoeing across the globe it’s inevitable that there have been a lot of horse shoes made over this time.
Horse Shoe Art
The first piece of art that I was struck by was from Oregon artist Bud Thomas, who recreates life-size (well possibly bigger) horses and other animals made completely out of recycled horse shoes. Bud is a keen horse enthusiast himself and as you can see form these works he’s an amazing craftsman, his own website is oregonhorseshoeart.com
A horse the size of this one uses approximately 630 horseshoes and measures just under 11 feet tall. All the parts of the horse including the mane and tail are made from welded horseshoes.
Some of the other pieces of art in Bud’s collection included other animals such as full size deer.
There were other artists who do life-size horses, some of these pieces also include full size carriages.
Horse Art in the Home
On a slightly smaller scale there are lots of ideas for using horse shoes within the home, such as some of the designs shown in this section.
There were actually a few designs for wine racks! This was one of the simplest and smallest designs, but there were also larger scale models that could hold up to 10 or more bottles.
The model shown was for sale on etsy.com
Obviously you can’t have a glass of wine without a glass, and yes they even had wine glass racks made out of horseshoes.
Both designs are clearly stunning but using horseshoe art in the house doesn’t stop there.
Along with wine glasses and bottles there are also other even more utilitarian uses such as coat racks, toilet paper holders and paper racks.
I’ve added a few of my favourite designs that I came across.
Bathroom Horse Art
This towel rack could also be a coat rack of course or for hanging school bags (or spare stirrup leathers / reins etc)
Something we need in the bathroom
a toilet roll holder and spare. There were other designs and also bigger versions for kitchen roll holders.
Of course a bathroom also really needs a mirror
Many of the images that I came across were for products that had been made by individuals, rather than commercially made products that can be bought from mainstream shops. One example of a homemade item is the towel rail shown here.
Outside the home
Not all the DIY Horse Art was designed for inside the house, there were several suggestions for outside easting and garden decorations as well.
Some items could be used either inside or out such as this brolly and boot rack. There were also several other versions of shoe and boot racks check them out here.
Others were definitely ideas for the garden such as this horse shoe gate.
There were other categories of things for using around the house such as a mug holder, tea light holds of various shapes and sizes and a set of pumpkins ready for halloween. There were also ideas for Christmas but I might save those for a xmas special article!
Pinterest Offers More Horse Shoe Art
I hope you’ve enjoyed and marvelled perhaps at the inspiring art that some people can produce. All the images found on this page were first discovered on Pinterest and you can see these and others on my Random Interesting Board if you want to check it out on Pinterest.
If you’re interested in joining Pinterest or have done so already and now want some ideas as to how to use it, you might be interested to read an article on Pinterest on my other blog site. Feel free to share any comments or suggestions on Horse Shoe Art in the comments section below I’d love to hear from you.