Horse Shoe Art

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.

Image horseshoe cowboy model
Image found on Pinterest

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

Horse Art
Horse Art by Bud Thomas

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.

Picture of wine rack made from horse shoes
Wine rack found on easy.com

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.

 

 

 

 

Horse Art wine glass rack
Image found on Rosely Pignataro

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)

Image towel rack made from horseshoes
A Towel rack found on Pinterest
Image toilet roll holder made from horseshoes
Toilet roll holder found on goodideasforyou.com

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

mirror with horseshoes
Mirror – for the bathroom or elsewhere in the house found on etsy.com

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.

Image bathroom towel rails made from horseshoes
Bathroom towel rails from babblingsandmore.com

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.

Boot and brolly rack made from horseshoes
Boot and brolly rack image found on Pinterest

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.

 

image horse shoe gate
Horse shoe gate found on whiteironstonecottage.blogspot.com

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.

 

10 Comments

  • Karl Lambert

    September 20, 2015 at 12:50 pm Reply

    Beautiful and artistic works of art. I can’t believe that a simple horse shoe can be made to an amazing works like this. Very wonderful designs and good creative minds. Thank you for featuring this. I’m really amazed. I’ll bookmark your page and wait for your next posts. I super like it

    • Marie

      September 21, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Thanks Karl, there are some amazingly creative people out there to even think up the designs let alone make them as well. Don’t forget to sign up to the newsletter because I am currently developing an art section in pdf format which could be useful to print out or use separately.

  • Boyo

    September 29, 2015 at 7:43 am Reply

    How cool is that boot and brolly rack? That would look great in our backyard 😉 Although my partner would probably prefer the wine bottle and glass holders.
    It’s great to see people making use of materials like this.
    A friend of mine has his own forge and he shapes horse shoes into love hearts. He puts a ribbon around them which you then use to hang it on the wall. It makes a lovely romantic gift.
    I’m going to show him this article so he can get a few more ideas of how to use the horse shoes.

    • Marie

      September 29, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Hi Boyo thanks for the comments, I think the ideas are amazing and I suspect for people like your friend who can work and have access to a forge there is loads of potential. Hopefully I’ll come back to more art work for a christmas blog as I have a few more horseshoe pics just for the festive season.

  • Marc

    October 12, 2015 at 4:21 am Reply

    I would have never thought about using horseshoes for a towel rack. What do you know, it doesnt look bad. I love when people re-purpose things. I am just curious would the art use new horseshoes or used ones? I dont know that much about horses and how the shoes wear. So I thought maybe you could enlighten me.
    Thanks,
    Marc

    • Marie

      October 12, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Hi Marc thanks for your comment, I am constantly amazed at the creativity people have when it comes to design and art especially with recycled products.

      Re the horseshoes I suppose you can use either, horse shoes don’t tend to wear that much unless the horse is doing really heavy work, it’s more that the holes for the nails wear so the shoes can’t be continually re-used. There is another article on the site looking at hoof care and explaining how the hoof of the horse actually grows here if you are interested http://equineblogireland.com/caring-for-horse-hoov… thanks again.

  • Darren

    November 6, 2015 at 10:49 am Reply

    What an interesting and creative idea! I love people’s different imaginations, seeing what they can come up with, and this horse shoe art is another great example.

    You brief history of the horse shoe was also an intriguing addition to the story.

    My favourite piece is that horse up on its hind legs. Quite amazing how that was so beautifully crafted out of horse shoes.

    Thanks for posting this. I must admit I’ve never quite seen a post like this before.

    • Marie

      November 6, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Hi Darren thanks for your comments, I really enjoy the creativity as well. I have a keen interest in horses but I admit the equine art is one area that I am really being drawn into.

      I also act as an affiliate curator with society 6, which aims to promote art for all artists not just horse art, but I am particularly interested in encouraging people with an interest in horse art to look at the stuff that is out there it’s quite amazing Equine Market Stall – 2015

  • Josie Matthews

    January 8, 2016 at 4:45 am Reply

    Wow Marie, These are really beautiful. My husband is pretty handy with a welder and I happen to have plenty of shoes lying around. Perhaps I could set up a sideline business :). Lovely site you have here and some great information on it. I have visited before but got distracted and forgot to leave you a comment.

    • Marie

      January 8, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Hi Josie good to connect and I appreciate the comment. A side business sounds good, if you want to promote some samples here just send me photos and I could do an interview with you for an article (always keen to look for new material!) thanks again Marie

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