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Shoeing an ox in Tollhouse. Oxen were shod because they had to have their hooves protected when hauling in the woods. The man seated in the front with the dog is a man named Blade. His daughter is on the left of the picture. An ox was a bull calf allowed to grow to full maturity and size and then neutered. This allowed for maximum size and power but no problems wanting to stop and see the cows in the fields. The other men are unidentified.