Legend has it that Saint Dunstan gave the horseshoe special power against evil.
Dunstan, a blacksmith, was approached by Satan to make horseshoes for his cloven feet. Recognizing him as the devil, Dunstan told the stranger that he needed to shackle him to the wall to attach the horseshoes. The devil was set free after promising never to enter a house with a horseshoe above the door.
As a result of Dunstan's trickery, the horseshoe is a symbol of good fortune and fertility.
In Britain, and in other countries a horseshoe is given to the Bride to be carried on her wrist on her Wedding Day to bring good luck to the marriage. People also attach them to the bridal bouquets and use them for decoration at the reception.