For all the driving I’ve done in Amish communities, I’ve never spotted a horseshoe on the road like this.  Maybe I’ve run over them before and just didn’t notice.  If so, I have been lucky.

Amish Horseshoe

Do horses often lose shoes on the road?  The reader who shares this photo says yes: “Horses always leaving these behind.  I ran over this one today, glad the nails were pointed down.”

Farriers are the men in Amish settlements who shoe the community’s horses.  You can read more and view photos in this report on a visit to an Amish farrier at  An excerpt:

Once the horse’s hooves were trimmed and cleaned, Marlin went out to his cart to work on the horseshoes. After selecting appropriately sized shoes, he used a propane torch to braze gritty patches of Drilltec (tungsten carbide) onto the bottom of each horseshoe to prevent slippage and wear.

Tungsten carbide, but no mention of throwing on a layer of super glue, just in case. The account is quite detailed, and interesting if you’ve ever wondered just what shoeing entails.

In other horseshoe thoughts, last week I visited a historic mill in North Carolina for a wedding reception.  The site featured a working mill, a covered bridge, and a number of log cabins.

A friend wondered why you often see horseshoes hanging over the entranceways of old buildings, as was the case at the mill site.  Something to do with luck, I assume?

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