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If you walk under a ladder it is considered bad luck but you can avoid the bad if you keep your fingers crossed until you have seen 3 horses.


A horseshoe nail is frequently used as a talisman (bent by a blacksmith into a circle)


The tail of a horse was plaited with ribbons to keep it safe from witches


The deeper a horse dips his nostrils while drinking, the better sire he will be.


When it's master dies, a horse will shed tears


In Wales a gray horse is considered to be a death omen.


In England and Germany dreaming of a white horse is considered a death omen.


Gray horses and horses with four white feet are considered unlucky in racing.


A circular ring made from an iron horseshoe nail gives the same protection against evil as the horseshoe itself.


The horseshoe or crescent moon shape was seen as a sign of good fortune and fertility.


Witches fear horses, so they are also turned away by a door with a horseshoe mounted on it. The horseshoe must be hung with the points up to keep the luck from spilling out.


A horse's tail, if placed in water, will turn into a snake.


Copper pennies in a tank will prevent moody behavior in mares.


One legend of the horse shoe says that the Devil called on St. Dunstan, who was skilled in shoeing horses. St. Dunstan recognized him and fastened him to a wall. He then set to work with such roughness that the Devil roared for mercy. St Dunstan turned the Devil loose after making him promise never to enter a home on which a horseshoe was fixed.


Witches fear horses, so they are also turned away by a door with a horseshoe mounted on it, The horseshoe must be hung with the points up to keep the luck from spilling out.


A white horse could warn of danger, and lived longer than a dark horse, so was considered a living amulet against early death. Spotted horses are magical. Grey horses and horses with four white socks are unlucky.


If you lead a white horse through your house it will banish all evil.


If you wear a black stallions hair from his tail on your wrist you'll be protected from witches.


It was once thought that whooping-cough could be cured by going to the stables and inhaling the breath of a horse; being breathed upon by a piebald horse, or riding upon its back, was another supposed cure.


Horse-hairs, chopped very finely and fed to a child in bread and butter, were thought to be a certain cure for worms, and the horse-spurs (an old word for horse's chestnuts on their legs) were believed in the eighteenth century to be a cure for cancer if dried, ground and drunk frequently with new milk.

In some places it is lucky to meet a white horse; in others, unlucky; either way, tradition states that upon meeting a white horse one should spit and make a wish, or cross one's fingers until a dog (usually a white dog) is seen.


Horseshoes are considered lucky for their healing powers (cures hiccups) and for their protective influence (specifically against witches). It resembles the crescent moon and is thought to protect against the evil eye. Similar-shaped charms were used among the Chaldeans and the Egyptians. Related to animal worship, it approaches the form of a serpent biting its own tail-a universal symbol of eternity. There is a time-honored belief in the magical power of iron. Blacksmiths were often identified as sorcerers and the efficacy of fire as a bane to demons supported this idea.


A horseshoe, hung above the doorway, will bring good luck to a home. In most of Europe protective horseshoes are placed in a downward facing position, but in some parts of Ireland and Britain people believe that the shoes must be turned upward or "the luck will run out."

Horshoes are supposed to be lucky.


The luckiest horse shoe of all is one off the hind leg of a gray mare.


If you hang a horseshoe upside down, the luck runs out.


Gray horses are supposed to be lucky, while piebalds are unlucky.


According to superstition in Lincolnshire, England, if you see a white dog, you should stay silent until you see a white horse.


A cowboy hat on your bed is very, very bad luck. In fact, one year during the NFR (National Finals Rodeo) a cowboy's mother had accidentally placed his hat on the bed. The next day he showed up to compete in a smashed hat -- he was superstitious you see, and superstition has it that you have to throw your hat outside and stomp the bad luck out of it if someone places it on your bed.


It was widely believed that a horse that stepped in a wolf print would be crippled.


The "Nail Test" is supposed to predict what sex foal a mare is carrying.


You take a hair from the mare's tail, and tie a nail to it. Then you hold it above the mare's hips... and if it doesn't swing, she's not pregnant. If it swings in a circle, she's carrying a filly; if it swings straight, a colt.

Horse brasses were used to protect horses from witches.


Changing a horse's name is bad luck.

Eating a hair from a horse's forelock is cure for worms.


Horses standing with their backs to a hedge mean it's going to rain.


If you put a bit of hoof in the microwave it will turn into bubblegum.


Placing three hairs from a donkey's shoulders in a muslin bag worn around the neck - cure for whooping cough or measles


Sitting backwards on a donkey - cure for snakebites and toothache


A pregnant woman seeing a donkey - the child will grow wise and well behaved

If you see a white dog you should be silent until you see a white horse.


If you put horse skulls under the floor of a house they improve the tone of a piano that was above them.


If a horse neighs at the door of a house it bodes sickness for the inhabitants.


If you break a mirror the misfortune can be averted if you lead a horse through the house.


Same applies if you spill salt in the kitchen.


Horse brasses protect the wearer from the evil eye.


Seeing a grey horse on the way to a church is considered lucky for the bride and groom.


Carrying a rowan-wood whip prevents witches from casting a spell on your horse.


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