Some examples of artwork created with horseshoes include functional items such as candle holders, coat hangers and cup holders, as well as free-form sculpture. Horseshoe art can be life-sized sculptures of animals, including horses, birds, dogs and elk. A lot of horseshoe art is made by welding used horseshoes together.
Horseshoe art ranges from small works and figures using a handful of old horseshoes to Bud Thomas' full-sized sculptures of elk and horses, which use thousands of horseshoes. Horseshoe art can be free-standing, designed to sit on tables, display on bookshelves or be hung on walls. Horseshoes can be used to create unique takes on standard furniture, such as lamps and towel racks.