A unique collaboration between Sims Pacific Metals and CatWalk will see tens of thousands of old horse shoes recycled in the name of scientific research.
“We’re delighted to be ‘hoofing it’ for CatWalk.” said Simon Prendergast of Sims Pacific Metals. “It’s a fantastic chance to help horse owners out by getting rid of what is essentially a recyclable item, while benefitting the environment and helping in the search for a cure.
“People joke a lot about ‘lucky’ horseshoes. Well, this is a chance to make those lucky shoes really count for something .” CatWalk founder, Catriona Williams, agreed.
“With more than 7 thousand sporthorses in New Zealand, most of which wear steel shoes, and thousands more racehorses wearing aluminium shoes, there are tonnes of metal tied up in stable yards around the country.
“If we can harness those shoes, and put the funding into research, that only increases the chances of getting people out of chairs and back on their feet.”
Katie McVean, NZ’s current showjumping star and Hoofing It Ambassador said her own experience with discarded horseshoes showed that the project would give them a new lease on life.
“A horse might be shod eight – twelve times a year but the shoes don’t last that long, and what do you do with them when they’ve had it? Most people have rusting lumps of horse shoes tucked away – this is a chance to get rid of them and support a fantastic cause!”
The scheme, which is supported by the Farriers Association, will work when horse owners drop their shoes at selected locations including five PGG Wrightson stores, independent feed shops and vet clinics, and also at temporary locations at events such as the Horse of the Year Show.
Sims Pacific Metals will provide the collection bins, empty them and transport the contents before processing the used shoes.
Simon Prendergast of Sims Pacific Metals said early feedback had been extremely positive.
“Horseshoes usually end up as a rubbish item of zero value. We’re the right people to get an end use out of them.”
Sims Pacific Metals can take any metal items and will also consider a farm collection, if there is enough metal on the property.
The Hoofing It project will formally begin at the NZ Horse Of The Year Show 13-18th March 2012.