Horseshoe

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A horseshoe

Horseshoes are things worn by horses to protect their hooves (feet) when they walk - like a shoe. Horseshoes are usually made from iron, rubber, plastic, rawhide or a combination of these.

They are made by a person called a farrier who makes them and nails or glues them on the horse's hooves. Using nails does not hurt the horse, as the outer part of the hoof cannot sense pain.

People also put horseshoes over doorways, because a long time ago, many people thought it was a sign for good luck and it protected whoever walked under it from evil spirits. Horseshoes are also used in a game where you try to throw them on a poll.