Horseshoes

Lucky or Unlucky

Evangeline Chavez 2011

Watrous, New Mexico

Hanging on this  building  is 6 horseshoes and to the  left side of  them you  can see a horse with a cowboy  painted  in red. The horseshoe is considered very lucky and used to be hung in many homes to protect and attract good fortune for the family residing inside. As with many superstitions, there are contradictions to be found with the beliefs associated with the horseshoe. For instance, many believe that to hang it with the ends pointing upwards is good luck as it acts as a storage container of sorts for any good luck that happens to be floating by, whereas to hang it with the ends pointing down, is bad luck as all the good luck will fall out. Others believe that no matter which way you hang the horseshoe, good luck will come. According to this superstition, the ends-pointing-down display simply means that the good luck is able to flow out and surround the home. If the horseshoe is hung over a doorway, ends up will catch good luck and ends down will let the good luck spill over the door and stop evil from entering. Perhaps a combination of the two was used so that after a few days, when the horseshoe was filled with good luck, it would then need to be emptied so that residents could benefit from that luck and the process would be repeated until the end of time.

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~ by Evangeline Art Photography on January 30, 2011.

2 Responses to “Horseshoes”

  1. Thank you
    I love to find something of interest to photograph

  2. Such a rich photo, and you have matched it with a rich story.

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