How to clean and preserve your horse’s rusty horseshoe!

Last Updated on March 11, 2022 by Allison Price

  • You may have already guessed that I am zero crafty. LIKE ZERO. I won’t even buy crafts. However, I would like to save the horseshoe of my favorite horses. Because I may be 2% sentimental. These are the steps you need to take to hang your horse’s shoe on your wall.

Before you keep it, clean the horseshoe

  • Because horses often step in poop, you want to clean your horseshoe. You want to make sure that the surface is clean so that finishing touches can be attached.
Clean Preserve Your Horse’s Rusty Horseshoe
  • To get rid of all the dirt, poop, and other mystery items, I use a stiff wirebrush. If you have a shoe that is rusty, this is a good place to start.

A wire brush with short bristles helped me remove less of my skin.

You can only remove so much rust with your wire brush. Add some citric acid, or vinegar to the solution and let it soak.

  • The canning process uses citric acid, which is a good soak to get rid of rust from horseshoes. Vinegar can also be used, but it might take longer. It can take days, if not days. If you’re a pickle maker, both are good for making pickles.
  • Let your shoe soak for a while and then soak it in citric acid or vinegar until it shines. I am impatient so I will soak, scrub, and then soak more.

The horseshoe was cleaned within one inch of my life. After that, I let it soak in vinegar. The area I didn’t brush can be seen.

Now prepare the horseshoe!

  • After your cleaning efforts, oxidation will only create more rust. You can seal the shoe with several products once the rust has gone.
  • I have clear lacquer in my garage. Done.
  • Spray lacquer, spray paint and many other products are also available.
  • You can also find paints specifically made for metal at your local hardware store. These paints will last longer than watercolors.

Here’s a small glimpse into my office.

Now, I’m sending you to Pinterest to see all the possibilities that horseshoes can be used for once they are rust-free. Mine are currently on a shelf behind mine and that’s literally the best idea that I could think of.

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Use metal scrubbing brush! Perfect for cleaning and preserving horseshoes.

White vinegar is great for cleaning the barn and many other projects.

For horse projects and canning, you will need citric acid!

Shadow boxes are a great place to keep your horse’s shoes or mementos.

Allison Price
Allison Price

I’m Allison, born and raised in San Diego California, the earliest memory I have with horses was at my grandfather’s farm. I used to sit at the stable as a kid and hang out with my Papa while he was training the horses. When I was invited to watch a horse riding competition, I got so fascinated with riding!