Why Are Horseshoes Considered Good Luck Charms In Texas?
We see a lot of them, especially around these parts - horseshoes. They're more than just a piece of clunky metal that's nailed to a horse's hoof. They've become a symbol of good luck in many cultures, including right here in Texas.
Believing that horseshoes are lucky charms has some deep historical and cultural roots, and is particularly strong in the Lone Star State. In the linked article, Wide Open Country dives into the legend behind hanging lucky horseshoes. I wanted to go a step further and see how it all relates to Texas.
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A big reason horseshoes are considered lucky in Texas is due to the state's history of horsemen and cattle ranching. Horses were a vital part of the livelihoods of early Texan settlers. They provided transportation, helped with ranch work, and played a crucial role in cattle drives.
These valuable animals had to be protected, so horseshoes were often used to prevent wear and tear on their hooves during long drives across rough ground. In the end, successful cattle drives and ranching became associated with horseshoes, leading to the belief that they brought good luck.
Then there's the legend of Saint Dunstan, a blacksmith and the patron saint of blacksmiths. He is believed to have outwitted the devil using a horseshoe. As the story goes, Saint Dunstan nailed a horseshoe to the devil's hoof. It caused him great pain and forced him to promise never to enter a place protected by a horseshoe.
In Texas, the horseshoe's lucky reputation has not only been embraced but is serious business for many folks. Many Texan homes, barns, and businesses proudly display horseshoes to attract good luck and fend off any negativity. I grew up with my grandparents hanging horseshoes over doorways with their open ends facing upward to catch and hold the luck that falls from above.
The idea that horseshoes bring good luck in Texas can be traced back to relying on horses for ranching and transportation, as well as big-time influence from legends like that of Saint Dunstan. The horseshoe continues to be used as a symbol of protection, good fortune, and triumph over hard times.
Horseshoes are just the beginning. Give a glance at other objects Texans use for luck.