Horseshoe (Period)

Horseshoe (Period)

A horseshoe is a U-shaped metal plate, nailed to a horse’s hoof for its protection.  It’s an ancient heraldic charge, dating from c.1280, in the canting arms of Ferrers [ANA2 216].  The horseshoe has its opening to base by default; it is conventionally drawn with seven nail-holes.  See also axle bracket.

Caitilín Mhór bears:  Per pale azure and Or, a horseshoe inverted counterchanged.

Joanna of the Plains bears:  Sable, four horseshoes openings to dexter two and two Or.

Selfran the Singer bears:  Azure, in cross five horseshoes inverted Or.

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