Farrier's buttress

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From Wooden, Eckford, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Farrier's buttress.
© National Museums Scotland

Farrier's buttress

A farrier's buttress was a tool for cutting and shaping horses' hooves to prevent them becoming damaged and causing pain. This iron example was found at Wooden at Eckford in Roxburghshire. It was used between 80 and 200 AD.

The farrier's buttress has one end like a scoop, the other tapering and bent the opposite way. It is corroded and damaged.

Finds of horseshoes and harness and bridle fittings provide evidence of the importance of horses from an early period. They were used in transport from around 1000 BC (and possibly earlier).

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Online ID: 000-100-034-965-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DWA 13
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Iron; one end like strigil, the other scoop like
Dimensions: 12.00" L
What: Buttress, farrier's
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Eckford, Wooden
Description: Farrier's iron buttress for paring horses' hooves, from Wooden, Eckford
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