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When the hoofers galloped into town

Martin Halfpenny

Published 15/03/2011 | 05:00

Shoes made in the style of real horses' feet and legs and complete with genuine horse hair, are to go on sale at the Cheltenham Festival.

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The knee and ankle-length zip-up hoof shoes were commissioned by betting company Betfair to celebrate 100 years of the festival, which starts tomorrow.

The horseshoes are being sold for £1,300 (€1,502) a pair, with all proceeds going to charity.

Each shoe is made using an imitation carbon-fibre hoof and up to 5,000 individual horse hairs stitched into a knee-length (55cm) or ankle-length (25cm) design.

Irish Independent

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