I check our local tractor supply and they carry 3 different versions of shoes and a better price then at Amazon. I think an outing to the store would answer my questions about how well these might work for the application I have in mind. It twenty some miles away but not in a direct that we normally go.
I do have a few old horse shoes that came in loads of compost we had brought in for our garden boxes many years ago. They are to rusty and in general bad shape to use for this project, as I mentioned they are basically a handle, for a western motif bench.