SHOEING COLT

This structure was used to hold large animals such as horses, donkeys and even cows. Although many functions were performed, such as curing animals, the activity that gives it its name is that of shoeing.

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They usually consist of a number of vertical stone or wooden posts, four to six in number, on which wooden beams are fastened to allow the animals to be securely tethered. The girths, straps and ropes were passed under the animal and fastened to the beams by means of hooks. A mechanism allowed the animal to be raised slightly so that its legs did not touch the ground.
There is a particular slang for the work and the parts of this structure: the yoke is the piece that holds the head, the maroma are the ropes that tie it; to hang is to lift the animal, the roller is the longitudinal beam with rotational movement; the hanger was the fixed beam that held it…
In this way, it would be possible to proceed to the secure fitting. The ropes could be adjusted at any time. This activity is related to blacksmiths. In Botija there is evidence of its existence since ancient times, from the Iron Age to the medieval period. Blacksmiths worked metal by means of fire and hammer, manufacturing and repairing objects made of iron and other metals.