Horseshoe

Modeled after a horseshoe specifically designed for racing thoroughbreds, called a racing plate. It is lightweight and narrower than other horses shoes. This horseshoe is used by many thoroughbreds in the Kentucky Derby.
Horseshoes are said to be lucky. One custom says it should be displayed with the heels up to keep the luck from spilling out. Another says it should be displayed with the heels down so the luck will flow out into your home. I grew up trying to keep the luck from spilling. My horseshoe ornament is made of locally grown maple and black cherry which is steam-bent and assembled with hide glue. It is approximately 3-1/2" by 3-1/2" (90 mm by 90 mm) and has a clear natural finish.

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