We have a donkey shoe somewhere that was lying around in the barn
belonging to our house when we moved in. A neighbour explained that it
came from a donkey. This is about the same size as you describe, but I
don't know where it is so I can't measure it. I can best describe it
as being longer (front to back) than it is wide (side to side),
compared to horseshoes which are roughly the same size in both
If I find it I will send you details
I hope this helps
--- Pirkko Ukkonen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> What a coincidence - Anders Ödman, a colleague of mine here in Lund,
> was just asking about mule and donkey shoes on a medieval site.
> Perhaps you could help. This is his question:
> "Shoes on donkeys and mules? In an archbishopric castle in southern
> Sweden, is together with horseshoes found two horseshoe shaped iron
> pieces (70x70x3-4mm) with three nail holes. They are called heel
> irons in the catalogue but around 1200 AD the shoes were made of soft
> leather and had no heels. Might it be donkey shoes? Did they ever put
> shoes on hoofs of that small size?"
> Please answer directly to me, I'll pass them on to Anders.
> Dr. Pirkko Ukkonen
> Research assistant
> Dept. of Archaeology and Ancient history
> Historical osteology
> Lund University
> Sandgatan 1
> SE-223 50 Lund
> tel.: +46 (46) 222 36 20
> email:[log in to unmask]
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