Monday, May 7, 2012
Today's picture was taken in 1940 in San Angelo, Texas. That is about 15 miles from where I live. The picture shows a blacksmith shoeing a horse. Horse shoeing was one of the important jobs of the blacksmith. I have never shod a horse, but I have seen it done several times. The times I saw it done, cussing was a big part of the job. I don't know if everyone cusses when they shoe a horse, but the times I saw it done, the guy was cussing up a storm. As you can see in the picture, the blacksmith has to first position himself in the perfect position to be kicked by the horse. The horse, not being stupid, takes advantage of this situation to at least give an attempt to kick the guy. Next, you can see that the blacksmith must lift the horses leg to work on the hoof. The theory is that the horse should dirstribute his weight to the other three legs, but in reality, the horse will lean on the blacksmith. So the blacksmith is trying to do a tedious job, and the horse starts leaning a good bit of his weight on him. Well, that is when the cussing really gets started. If you have seen it unfold differently, please share your story.