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These iron horse locks are polished. The ancient samples already posted must have once been as well polished as these; at least on the surfaces that were in contact with the legs. Horse Locks were used through the 18th to mid 19th century. “Cuffs” joined by chains were used to confine a horse while still letting it graze freely in unfenced country. Most modern “hobbles” use a leather cuff. More images below.
Below: 18th (and used in the 19th century too) “Horse Locks” used for fastening horse legs together (to hinder ability to move great distance from camp.)
A closeup of the iron “cuff”
Below: 18th Century Saddle Bags