1. Well, the shoe(s) will fall off, probably at his shop, potentially on his head (as in this case)…but…yes, that seems to be all there is to it.

    (Weird thing…I was just thinking of the word farrier not 20 minutes ago (thanks to getting ‘furry’ in a word game)…funny timing.)

  2. We need an “apparently” tag because…. apparently that’s it.

    Why the horseshoe would hit the farrier rather than anyone else…. Perhaps he should say “It pays to have a skilled farrier”.

  3. I think the joke simply is that it’s tough to shoe a flying horse, unless you happen to know how to handle that kind of magical beast that can take off at a moment’s notice.

    You need a peculiar set of skills in that peculiar land inhabited by flying horses.

    Similarly, I wonder how many unskilled horse-shoe-ers have been skewered in the kingdom of unicorns.

  4. Why? They still don’t have hands, still aren’t super flexible, and simply being fliers doesn’t mean they’re any smarter than ground-bound horses, save for the necessarily improved ability to move in 3 dimensions. (Frex, despite his parentage and his sibling, Pegasus didn’t seem to actually be more intelligent than any regular horse…he certainly wasn’t treated as a person or demigod after Belpheron and Perseus got hold of him.)

  5. For a flying horse, the shoes should be made of rubber: better traction for acceleration before take-off and better shock absorption and traction for braking at landing.

  6. Robert A. einlein’s story “Jerry Was a Man” has a scene in which a bespoke genetic engineering specialist has to explain to a rich customer why flying horses (at least any that still wind up looking like a normal horse) are aerodynamically impossible. (The customer finally decides to go with a Pegasus-lookalike which cannot, in fact, fly, but looks good walking around on the lawn — though the specialist does warn him that he won’t be of much use for polo.)

    So, flying horses like these are by definition magical, and if you’ve got a world so magicial as to enable their existence, I’d think any competent magician in it could quickly whip up a spell for the farrier that would ensure the horseshoes stay affixed. Presumably the farrier was too much of a cheapskate to pay for that insurance, so he deserves what he gets.

  7. KN: That dialogue always bothered me, because they live a distant future where they’ve had space travel for some time. For us, a similar dialogue would be:

    WW: Psychic powers, though? Sounds like science fiction to me.
    KN: You just drove a car here.
    WW: So?

  8. Yeah. Which works out well for my point whenever I quote it, but I’ve never really understood why Zoe would have thought it made psychic powers more probable. Because, a) yes, space ships shouldn’t seem science fictiony to them, and b) even if it was new technology and thus retained a science fiction sheen…one amazing technology doesn’t apply unrelated superpowers.

  9. Current-type-horse farriors sometimes have the challenge of being kicked. A ground-based horse tends to kick around the MLB strike zone… head strikes are rare. But a flying horse can kick at any level, including head level. (Plus, depending on wingspan, may be able to smack the farrior with wingtips as well as hooves.)

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