Personalised, lucky horseshoes
Used horseshoes have traditionally been believed to be full of luck. Depending on your point of view they can be hung upwards to keep the luck in, or pointing downwards to let the luck drip out. I am happy to paint your personalised ‘shoe either way! Working horses played a huge role on the canals during the working boat era. Some horses were still used well into the 1960s.
Lucky, hand-painted horseshoes make a perfect gift for all sorts of occasions. I have painted ‘shoes for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, house and boat names. I have also painted memorial horseshoes for horses that were much loved and no longer here. In this case owners posted me the horseshoes to paint. I charge £20 to paint your own horse’s shoe, extra if I have to clean it first. See the gallery below and photographs on this page for ideas.
I buy my used horseshoes from the local farrier. As a result they need hard work to prepare them, they are de-nailed, then scrubbed (a smelly job), holes cleaned and sanded. Next, I paint with 2 coats of undercoat, and 2 coats of top coat before I add the miniature decoration. Finally, I finish my ‘shoes are with a coat of clear external varnish.
Prices and ordering
A standard horseshoe with roses plus inscription is £20. Whopper ‘shoes, usually 17-20cm across, are £25 each. If you require flowers other than roses and daisies please ask me for a quote. Please do remember space is limited. I am happy to consider all inscription requests, but sometimes your wording might not fit. Postage is an additional £3.50 or free collection when I am trading from Pea Green
How to order and timescale
To order send me an email with your requirements. Turn around is usually no more than 10 days, often much less. If you have your own horseshoes please email me and I will provide details of how to post your horseshoe to me.
To order simply contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook, or Instagram . I usually respond within a couple of hours. When it comes to payment I prefer BACS but can also accept PayPal.