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Horseshoes - Phar Lap, Agua Caliente, 1932 Object Reg. No: SH 860332

Pair of grey metal horseshoes belong to a collection of Phar Lap's equipment which had been keep in a suitcase by his strapper Tommy Woodcock as a memorial to his beloved friend.

He brought the suitcase to the Museum of Victoria in 1979, and donated it and the contents to the Museum. Museum staff remember that he was visibly moved as he carefully removed each item from the case, such was his affection for the horse.

An American vet specially made these shoes for Phar Lap after he was injured preparing for the Agua Caliente Handicap in Mexico in 1932.
Pair of circular dark grey metal horse shoes, with a red rubber inlay. The shoes are fastened together with a hook and each has several holes around it.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Tommy Woodcock
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 13.50 cm (Height), 15.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: animal husbandry, horse racing, recreation, horses, sport, racing industry, horseshoes, making history - phar lap, phar lap, front shoes
Themes this item is part of: Tommy Woodcock, Race Horse Strapper & Trainer (1905-1985), Phar Lap, Champion Race Horse (1926-1932), David Davis, Entrepreneur & Race Horse Owner, Leisure Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Phar Lap in America, 1932, Phar Lap Collection
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Horse Racing
Tertiary Classification: horseshoes
Place & Date Made: California, United States of America, 1932
Place & Date Used: Mexico, 1932
User: Mr Tommy Woodcock, Agua Caliente, Mexico, 1932


Graeme D Putt Posted on 24 Jul 2015 3:28 PM
These horse shoes, with their cushioning rubber inlays, seem most likely the ones trainer Harry Telford had prepared in Australia to be fitted to Phar Lap for racing on the dirt tracks of America. If so they were in fact the ones that help damage his hoof prior to the Agua Caliente race rather than the ones prepared by the American farrier. Refer "Phar Lap: The Untold Story" Putt & McCord (2009) page 134. I further note the significant difference in size reported here for these shoes and the ones donated by Bert Woolf. Graeme Putt 23 July 2015.
Graeme D Putt Posted on 25 Jul 2015 9:48 AM
Further to my earlier note (posted 24 Jul 2015) concerning the difference in dimensions I now note (thanks to subsequent comment from a NZ racing farrier expert) that the Wolfe shoes are hind shoes that have different shapes and dimensions to fronts. So this difference is not surprising as the Woodcock ones are the shape of fronts.

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