Friday 24 November 2017

When the hoofers galloped into town

Martin Halfpenny

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.

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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