A NEW HORSE SHOE
WHICH EXPANDS TO THE FOOT.
BRACY CLARK, F.L.S.
Member of the Acad. of Sciences of Paris, of the Nat. Hist. Society of Berlin and of Copenhagen, Honorary
Member of' the Lyceum of Nat. Hist. New York, and of the Royal Agricultural Society of Stutgard.
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ON THE EXPANSION SHOE.
HAVING published some time ago a Treatise on the Foot of the Horse, and demonstrably proved
that the unnatural tenderness of the feet, especially of the fore feet, arose from the common shoe
embracing the foot too rigidly, and did not admit the play and elastic expansion which is natural
to it, and for which an obvious provision is made in the structure of the foot, and which expansion
under pressure is necessary to be exerted to preserve it in a sound and healthy state and in good
order for use; so after a laborious, painful and expensive conflict with the difficulties of the case
during fifteen or more nearly twenty years, it is with a feeling of great joy and satisfaction that I
lay before the public this discovery of a shoe which I trust will be found an efficient remedy for this
great evil, and I hope be attended with considerable public benefit, and also a grateful offering to
humanity by its diminishing the intolerable sufferings of these abused animals, and extending also
their valuable services to a much later period of life.
I may here observe, that the alteration of the figure of the foot and its dimensions, on receiving
the weight or exertions of the animal, is a property common to all quadrupeds, and most highly
necessary and useful for obvious reasons; to break all jar and concussion to the body on the foot
meeting the ground, and to save the foot from the destruction which an unyielding point would
have occasioned ; yet has this property not been attended to, but has been strangely overlooked,
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