Dating horse shoes
But is this correct and, if so, where is the evidence?
The Roman writings of the poet Catullus and others have been interpreted as indicating horses were shod, but these comments are more likely to be similes (e.g.
Although horses in the wild seem to do quite well without shoes over a wide variety of terrain, they move at a slow pace.
They needed to have their animals serviceable as much as possible, and so man began protecting their horses' feet almost as soon as they started domesticating them.
A thousand years before any one thought to write about the process, horses had some sort of hoof protection.
“feet as hard as iron”) rather than the actual presence of iron shoes nailed onto a horse’s foot.
There were also supposedly two iron horseshoes with flat sole plates found at Pompeii, but modern evidence for these is scant.