Horse Shoe

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It is believed that the good luck powers of the horseshoe originate with the story of a blacksmith named Dunstan. The Devil came to Dunstan and requested that he fit him with new horseshoes. Dunstan recognized the devil and nailed a horseshoe onto his hoof. This caused the Devil great pain. While he was in agony, Dunstan chained him and only released him after the devil promised never to enter a place that had a horseshoe hung over the door. Dunstan became the Archbishop of Canterbury in 959 AD and is known as St. Dunstan.

Some believe that if guests come to a house where a horseshoe is above the door, they must leave by the same door through which they entered or they will take the luck from the horseshoe with them from the house.

To assure good luck for the New Year, one should sleep with a horseshoe under his pillow on New Year’s Eve.

The crescent shape of the horseshoe can ward off the evil eye.

Suspected witches who were tried and buried upon their deaths had horseshoes nailed to their coffins to prevent them from returning to life or resurrecting again as witches.

Finding a horseshoe is very lucky if the open space is facing toward you.

If you dream of finding a horseshoe, good luck will come to you.

The art of horse-shoeing : a manual for farriers


Published 1895
Fitting a horse shoe requires a lot of patience and strength. Horses are very large, powerful animals, so a farrier must be careful while working on them. Before beginning, a farrier will evaluate the horse’s gait, hoof balance, and conformation. Changing or fitting a shoe requires a farrier to lift up the hoof so they can work on it. After the shoe is off, the farrier will clear out any caked-on mud, trim the hoof, and inspect the general health of the foot. A farrier uses a variety of tools which he keeps close to him while working. Horses typically require re-shoeing every six to eight weeks. Farriers might specialize in a specific type of shoeing for specific horses, such as jumping horses, racehorses, or gaited horses.

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