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.
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.