How NYPD Horseshoes Are Made


Narrator: These men make horseshoes for the NYPD’s mounted unit. The NYPD’s horses can’t
just trot into a store and buy their own shoes. First of all, they’re
horses. Second of all, each horseshoe has to be
custom-fit to each hoof. So we’re here at the
Mounted Unit’s headquarters in Manhattan to meet the
men who are making sure these horses are ready
to patrol the streets. – I’m one of the blacksmiths
for the Mounted Unit. Narrator: Three farriers are responsible for all 240 hooves belonging
to New York’s finest horses. These guys are all hoof, the whole hoof, and nothing but the hoof, so help me God. – Well, there’s an old saying that goes back to the first
days of horseback riding. No hoof, no horse. Narrator: They spent decades between them honing their craft. – It took close to seven, eight years. You just can’t go and
nail a shoe on a horse. You learn the anatomy and
there’s so much to learn. For the rest of our lives,
we’ll always be learning. A horse can’t speak to you,
so we got to figure it out. Narrator: Each horse down
to each individual hoof has specific needs when it comes
to footwear, including size, shape, age, sensitivity,
and gait of the horse. And the type of terrain the horse walks on also takes a toll on the shoe. – The pavement, we have asphalt, we’ve got the white lines, which you’d be surprised
are slippy, cobblestones, sidewalks, the steel plates,
the grids on the streets, the manhole covers. It’s
like a minefield sometimes. Narrator: About half the
NYPD’s horses are housed in the Mounted Unit’s Manhattan headquarters. The horses live in a
luxury building called the Mercedes House, which is home to an actual Mercedes dealership and a nicer building
than I will ever live in. Narrator: And even though
the horses have a commute most New Yorkers only dream of, sometimes it’s still necessary
to bring the farriers to them in two mobile blacksmithing units. – Just a loose shoe, twisted shoe, the horse is a little bit off – there’s always something
little that we have to fix. That’s why we have these vans so we can fix them on the flight. We can go anywhere they need us. – They know the horses,
the horses know them. And it’s just a good relationship. They’re larger horses,
1,300-to-1,700-pound horses that they’re working with
their feet in and around them. So it could be very dangerous
if the horse isn’t going to stand for a shoeing. So the farrier has to be very patient. – The horses are considered members of the force as well. So we’re not just going to hire anybody. Narrator: But why does the
NYPD still use horses anyway? Well, their height makes
them great for crowd control, counterterrorism, and traffic control. But the first thing CEO Barry told me? – The horse is an excellent
ambassador for the department that brings people together. Most people enjoy horses. They like talking about
them, petting them. Some people have never seen a horse before or actually touched or pet a horse, and it’s a very exciting event for them. – Do you have a favorite horse? – I don’t say that I
have a favorite horse. They’re all my favorite horses
because we are responsible for their care and well-being. So, you don’t want to single one horse out and say that this is your favorite. – You’re a good dad.


84 Responses

  1. Noah Lawless

    March 1, 2020 6:04 pm

    Horses walking on concrete is extremely harmful to their hooves, even with horseshoes on. These horses have a dismal life expectancy, between walking on concrete & asphalt and living inside a majority of their lives… animal abuse!!!

  2. Hanna Maria

    March 1, 2020 6:31 pm

    If i'm in NY and I see an officer on a horse is it inappropriate for me to ask if I can pet em? 😅

  3. Haikal Pasha

    March 1, 2020 6:38 pm

    Well… People use soft shoes to comfort their feet with their body weight,
    I cant imagine how hurt it is if i wear iron shoes… Ouch

  4. Nicole Polachak

    March 1, 2020 7:29 pm

    Hello! I noticed in your video and literature on the video, you spelled "Farrier" wrong.

  5. Abdullah Ghousi

    March 1, 2020 8:42 pm

    28 Disliked for this video I'm sure you guys are sick make sure to see mental doctor ASAP

  6. KB Collisionヅ

    March 1, 2020 9:38 pm

    No idea why they insist on having mounted police officers. Ride a Segway motorcycle like every other civilized city

  7. Thomas Salazar

    March 2, 2020 1:32 am

    The narrator needs to go straight to hell for that incredibly lame and forced "All hoof, the whole hoof and nothing but the hoof" pun. Wow I cringed when I heard that

  8. Epic Retart

    March 2, 2020 2:31 am

    The womans accent is cringe and unbearable, other than that the videos grand, the horses are in good condition, and the snowflakes in the comments are tender betas that live in mutt commieblocks and have never been near a horse in there life

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  10. Imam Malaysia

    March 2, 2020 1:59 pm

    Once,I kinda wonder why some people kept horseshoe in their house what is their function

  11. Dirk Diggler

    March 2, 2020 5:33 pm

    I see no useful purpose to using horses in the city. I think it's cruel for people to use a horse in a city where they have to walk on concrete all day.

  12. Matt Sezer

    March 2, 2020 8:31 pm

    Having a mounted unit is an incredibly stupid waste of taxpayer dollars. Like it takes you hours to respond to 911 calls, but let's spend money on horses?

  13. AppleJuice

    March 2, 2020 8:59 pm

    My dumbass life never thought to think a "horse shoe" was actually for a horse…… all i thought of was the game..

  14. Kshitiz

    March 3, 2020 8:34 pm

    Tomorrow is my BCA 2nd Sem 1st Sessional Maths exam and I am watching this at 2:05 AM 😢😢😥

  15. Almighty Medina

    March 4, 2020 2:00 am

    I guess the horses are kind of like slaves. Take them from environment, raise kids in new home an use them, keep them alive for use

  16. GoldGucky

    March 5, 2020 4:11 pm

    But do the horses need that metal bar in their mouth? Don’t they also die on the street? Or am i just tripping?


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