Horseshoe Hearts are a Farrier & Artist team based in rural Hertfordshire. We are horse lovers and owners, countryside and wildlife enthusiasts and care passionately about animal welfare. Our love of horses combined with a mutual desire to be creative and resourceful led us to rediscover the beauty of the used horseshoes.
A mountain of iron and steel. All different shapes and sizes. They seemed to whisper of the memories and moments stored within them. Of horses that have meant so much. Through Horseshoe Hearts, those shoes together with the horseshoes we receive from clients’ own equine friends, have become a celebration of love for the horse, horse ownership and all that it means to us.
The Horseshoe is steeped in history dating back thousands of years. It is an object that represents the complex relationship between man and horse over time. Folklore has it that only used horseshoes are considered lucky, the luck struck into them with each footfall of the horse.
Traditionally shoes were made with seven nail holes for seven nails, with seven being the luckiest number.
How and where to place your lucky horseshoe? Above the threshold, heels up to keep the luck in? Or heels down to shower the luck over the occupants and ward off evil? By the side of the doorway to be touched and blessed with luck on entry? Dependant on time and locality each one of these superstitions has been practised over the years.
Today what do they mean to us? While still lucky to many they have become a symbol of the horse that wore them. They can tell us so much about our equine friends. Their size, their job, the way in which they moved, even their state of health.
Most importantly they are the memories. The love, the laughter, the tears and the quiet times. Precious moments of just being with them. All of that captured in horseshoes.
All our creations stay true to their history, while giving them new life. Carefully prepared by hand. Forged with clean lines. Simple yet beautiful. A precious keepsake, a twist on a traditional gift or a stylish addition to any country home.
We love what we do and we hope you do too.
Horseshoes have long been a traditional gift given to the bride on her wedding day. The Greeks believed the Horseshoe shape represented a crescent moon, a symbol of fertility. The Romans considered the U shape as protection from evil and as we’ve already mentioned only a used horseshoe was considered lucky. We can help you there.
We have a range of gifts made from used horseshoes that can be personalised with names and dates. We can even create from your own horse’s shoes to make that wedding gift extra special. We are continually expanding and developing our creations suitable for weddings. We are happy to discuss commission creations with you. Please do get in touch.
We can make much of our range from your own horse’s shoes. Whether your horse is still with you or they have sadly passed and you would like a precious keepsake made from their last set we would be happy to help you. We take great care over our client’s unique shoes as we know how much they mean to you. We adore our own horses too.
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