The future of horseshoes? – Australia's CSIRO Titanium Technologies says it has come up with a titanium horseshoe that is lighter than the traditional cast aluminum version.
The future of horseshoes? – The company says the shoes can be up to 100 grams lighter than ones currently used. It might not sound like much but shaving that weight off could help horses run faster.
The traditional model – In this photo taken last year, a farrier fits a traditional aluminum horseshoe ahead of a race in India.
The 'Jimmy Choos' of horseshoes? – "It's like Jimmy Choo -- for horses," CSIRO says of its product. Whereas shoes made by the Malaysian-born designer can cost more than $3,200, CSIRO's set of four for horses runs at about $560.
No racing with those heels – Manolo Blahnik is another famous designer. His shoes, some of which are seen here, can also run into the thousands of dollars -- although they would be pretty hard to race in.