|Decoration is secondary to the household horseshoe. Their real value is found in their history, in the fantasies and stories they hint at, because they remind us of our own nearly forgotten lore.
Superstitions have long been heralded as sillyómaybe they areóbut when they bring with them such rich and wonderful stories, such tales of our past that our ancestors ancestors were told it makes us grip that fantasy just a little bit tighter, our refusal to forget a little more resolute.
The superstition of the horseshoe was originally based on the metal it was made of. Iron was thought to be almost godlike coming as it did from rock and fire and magical because of it's strength. Blacksmiths were also thought of as somewhat supernatural because of their ability to produce these metals on command. Of course it didn't hurt that a horse wearing the blacksmith's shoes occassionally sparked when walking on stone.