How NYPD Horseshoers practice their ‘art’

By Craig Ruttle Special to amNewYork

A shoe placed on an NYPD horse is fabricated to fit New York’s unique urban environment, with techniques such as the addition of Drill Tech. This is a titanium strip that’s heat molded to three points of the horseshoe to give it grip and extra protection from road hazards such as construction debris that are a constant on the streets of New York.

Martinez calmly strokes NYPD police horse Centennial as he takes the horse from its stall for a horse shoe fitting and replacement.

Marcus A. Martinez Jr., a NYPD Horseshoer, leads NYPD police horse Centennial to a cross tie before putting on a shoe.

Horseshoes of different shapes and sizes hang on the inside of the mobile shop.


While working out of a mobile workshop, Martinez begins to mold the shoe for Centennial.

Steam and smoke envelopes Martinez as he works.

Martinez prepares the shoe for Centennial.

Martinez works to adjust a shoe for Centennial.

Martinez adjusts the shoe.

With the mobile horseshoe shop in the background Martinez puts a shoe on Centennial.