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The Legends Behind the Horseshoe

by Luckables Staff |

Lucky symbols have many different interpretations. In this blog series, you'll learn about some of the myths and stories behind these highly recognized symbols of luck. We hope you enjoy learning the backstory of how your Luckable earned its lucky status.


Similar to the four-leaf clover, the horseshoe is a popular symbol of luck across the globe. For centuries, this lucky emblem has been believed to ward off evil spirits. Over many centuries, several origin stories emerged about why people believe in the luck of the horseshoe.

A well known legend dates back to the late 900s AD, where Saint Dunstan, a blacksmith, was asked by the devil to shoe his horseInstead, he nailed horseshoes to the Devil's hoof and denied taking it off until a promise was made to never come back to the house and ensure only good fortune. Hence, placing a horseshoe on the entry door. 

Even the number of holes in a horseshoe is considered lucky. Horseshoes have seven holes to hold them in place on the horse's foot. Many cultures consider seven a lucky number, as it appears so frequently in our world — seven continents, seven colors in the rainbow, seven seas, seven days in the week and more.

How the horseshoe is hung, is still up for debate although the more accepted superstition say's to hang it heels up, like the letter "u" to keep the good luck from escaping. Get and give the luck of a horseshoe with Hugh the Horse. Shop here