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When NYPD horses lose shoes, the blacksmith comes to them


NEW YORK (AP) — It's like AAA for horses.

When one of the New York Police Department's horses loses a metal shoe, or they just wear out on the gritty city streets, a blacksmith shop on wheels rushes to the rescue, equipped with a 2,850-degree furnace and trained farriers who can make the fix on the spot.

"It's almost amazing that in modern times we're still doing horseshoeing out in the public in the street," says Deputy Inspector Barry Gelbman, head of the NYPD's elite Mounted Unit, where all 50 horses are considered equine officers, with badges around their necks to prove it.

The NYPD h...

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