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How to Draw a Horseshoe

Easy, step by step Horseshoe drawing tutorial
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A horseshoe is a metal object designed to protect a horse's hoof. Horseshoes have a long history. In ancient China, horses' feet were sometimes wrapped in leather, and a "hipposandal" or hoof boot of ancient Roman design has been discovered in Great Britain. Nailed horseshoes were developed over 1,000 years ago.

Did you know? A horse's hoof is actually its toenail. Domestic horses have just one toe, and ideally, the soft part of the foot never touches the ground. Because it is a toenail and has no sensitivity or nerve endings, the horseshoe can be nailed directly to the hoof. Other hooved animals, such as oxen, may also be shod.

Why do horses need shoes? In the wild, horses typically live in dry areas, and they move slowly all day long in search of food. This results in hardening and even wearing of the hoof. In captivity, the environment is often much wetter, and horses may be confined in barns or relatively small enclosures. The hooves grow unchecked and may split, causing injury. The shoe gives support to the weakened hoof.

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Horseshoes are a common feature of rustic, equestrian, or western decor. In some areas, they are also used as good luck charms. In most cases, a "lucky horseshoe" is hung with the opening pointing up in order to "catch luck." If it was hung facing down, it is said that all the luck would fall out. Sometimes, it is hung upside down so that the luck "pours out" on people walking under the shoe.

Would you like to draw a cartoon horseshoe? This easy, step-by-step cartoon object drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Simple Horse, Horse Head, and Cartoon Horse.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Horseshoe

Horseshoe drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Horseshoe Step 01

1. Begin by drawing a large "U" shaped line. This outlines the basic shape of the horseshoe.

Horseshoe drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Horseshoe Step 02

2. Erase a portion of the bottom of the horseshoe. In its place, use curved lines to draw a curved rectangular shape. This is known as the toe caulk. It gives extra traction to the horseshoe.

Horseshoe drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Horseshoe Step 03

3. Draw another, smaller, "U" shaped line within the first, outlining the inner edge of the horseshoe. This is called the heel or heel caulk and hook.

Horseshoe drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Horseshoe Step 04

4. Draw three straight lines in a disconnected "Y" shape at each of the horseshoe's heels. This gives the heels a three-dimensional cube appearance.

Horseshoe drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Horseshoe Step 05

5. Use straight lines to sketch an irregular shape with rounded corners at each of the open ends of the horseshoe.

Horseshoe drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Horseshoe Step 06

6. Draw another "U" shaped line along the horseshoe's inner edge, providing a three-dimensional appearance.

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How to Draw a Horseshoe Step 07

7. Use a pair of curved lines to enclose a curved rectangular shape within each branch or shank of the horseshoe. Connect the lines on each end.

Horseshoe drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Horseshoe Step 08

8. Draw the nail holes. Enclose three small ovals along each branch of the horseshoe. Draw a curved line across each to give it a three-dimensional appearance.

Horseshoe drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Horseshoe Step 09

9. Draw three curved lines inside the toe of the horseshoe to give it a three-dimensional appearance.

Complete Horseshoe drawing
How to Draw a Horseshoe Step 10

Color your cartoon horseshoe. Made out of metal, new horseshoes are shiny and silvery. Old, rusty horseshoes are reddish-brown. Plastic horseshoes made for games can be any color.

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