Originally Posted by Joe4d
this post comes up repeatedly, and we always get a few repeating the amputation nonsense. I don't know where this stuff comes from and why people keep repeating it.
Well I have some evidence that there is truth to this 'so-called' myth. One of the ploughmen (aged 93yrs) I was speaking to about my Clydesdale told me that a lad he was training up wore the steel toe capped boots. They were training a couple of Shires to pull a cart. The lad got his foot in the way of one of the Shires who was also shod, and the weight of horse, hoof and horseshoe caused the steel toe cap to collapse around the lad's middle toe. He ended up with a fracture of his foot and big toe and the middle toe which was caught under the steel cap, had to be amputated. At first I thought this was a 'country myth' but I was corrected when the old ploughman told me the lad in question was his son. He said he never wore steel toe caps again around heavy horses and neither did any of the other 'fellas'. Just to clarify that Heavy Horses in the UK mean your big, giant horses such as Shires, Clydes, Percherons many of which weigh in around a ton and not heavy cobs (draft type).