The Horseshoe has long been considered lucky. It’s possible that the crescent shape (like the moon’s) being made of iron (considered magical) and being used by the horse (often linked with being used by the horse. (Often linked with Gods and Goddesses) had a large factor.
It’s best if you find the horseshoe. There are rules of how and where to hang it depending on if you wish to bring luck or protection.
There’s an old Gypsy folktale of a young Rom (male Gypsy) who was out late. He was on his way home when he noticed 4 demons (they were named: Bad Luck, Ill Health, Unhappiness, and Death) were chasing him. One of the demons -Bad Luck- was getting closer when the Rom’s horse threw a shoe and hit the demon in the forehead.
The Rom stopped to pick-up the shoe while the other demons took their dead brother away to bury him.
The Rom told the others what happened and nailed the horseshoe to his Vardo (gypsy wagon). The three demons returned the next day. When they saw the horseshoe they turned and never returned.
The Gypsies to this day believe a horseshoe will keep bad luck away.
***It’s now politically correct to use the term Romani or Roma instead of Gypsy. I’ve always loved the lifestyle and I use Romani, Roma or Gypsy interchangibly.***
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Great post, it’s nice to learn the legend about why horse shoes are considered lucky 🙂
I hope to do more reasons behind the myth in the coming year.