When I saw these rusted horse shoes while shopping at a recent flea market, I immediately fell in love with the idea of owning a pair here at Fishtail Cottage. I adored that they were still equipped with the antique nails that were still part of the horseshoe. The pair seemed to be just too charming to pass up.
So now that I have these, I’m curious if any of you have some too, and what you’ve done with yours?
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No, I don't have any.
Oddly, no pairs - they must have been ones the horses threw that weren't recovered or ones deemed to be useless and simply tossed to rust away when replaced.
All of the shoes found are large (very) so the wearers :-) must have been drafts, Percheron or Belgian I'd guess.
Most fascinating to me was that many of the shoes had extensions at each end of the shoe - one or two had them all the way around - on the ground side for extra traction (reminded me of studded snow tires, lol). The farm has some very steep hills so it may have been for that reason or for dredging heavy loads/logging. No one can say for sure (and the old farm and barn aren't sharing the secrets of the shoes :-)
Yours with original nails are (IME) very rare. Placing them as you have they should 'catch and hold' some luck for you as the tradition goes...
I've yet to decide just what to do with mine - still finding them, so perhaps will place them all on one of the interior barn walls in a design one day?
Thanks for (yet another) great post and image(s).
smiles and hope you'll visit soon.
LOL I see that Joani said the same thing....
My youngest daughter embellished a horseshoe at riding camp several years ago with wire and beads. I have it in my laundry room!!!