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From protecting the hooves of our four-legged friends to protecting us from evil and even to bringing us good luck, there’s no doubt the horseshoe is one of the most recognizable symbols in the U.S.
Around 1000 AD, cast bronze horseshoes attached with nails became common in Europe. Typically a design with a scalloped outer rim and six nail holes. The 13th and 14th centuries brought the widespread manufacturing of iron horseshoes. Due to the value of iron, horseshoes were even accepted as payment for taxes.
Throughout our early history the horseshoe was the object of many a tale. One such story is that of the devil approaching a blacksmith to have his hooves shod. The blacksmith recognized the devil and so he attached red hot shoes, driving the nails deep into the center of the devil’s hoof. Upon walking, the new shoes caused the devil to experience great pain. The devil tore off the shoes and threw them away. This experience had made the devil afraid of horseshoes, hence the reason for hanging them over a door…to keep the devil from entering.
The horseshoe means many different things to many different people. It’s a sign of strength, luck and protection….and who couldn’t use a little more of those?!
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