How much does a horseshoe weigh?


Quick Answer

Horseshoes can range in weight from 2 ounces to up to 5 pounds, although there is no standard weight for a horseshoe. The type of material employed, the size and weight of the horse being shod, and the use of the animal all contribute to the weight of the shoe.

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Steel and aluminum are the most popular materials utilized, although some specialized horseshoes are made from plastic, rubber and other materials. Horseshoes are forged and set by a farrier, a person who specializes in horse hoof care.

In the sport of horseshoe pitching there is also no standard weight for a horseshoe, although there is a maximum weight of 2 pounds, 10 ounces.

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