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Akhal TekePlenty of otherwise-rational people find themselves being extra cautious on Friday the 13th or averting their path after a black cat has crossed it. Even pragmatic horse people may find themselves holding on to some seemingly silly superstitions. In fact, horses are at the center of many superstitions.

For example, there is the classic good-luck charm, the horse shoe. Superstition dictates that when you hang a horse shoe, you must put it with the rounded part facing down to prevent the good luck from spilling out.

In some cultures, white or gray horses were considered a bad omen and were avoided at all costs. Dreaming of one meant your death was close at hand. But then, in other cultures, a white horse was good luck and making a wish when you see one was a sure way to make it come true.Tradition is similarly fickle about black horses, so it's hard to know which is your better bet.

And then there's this folkloric bit of horse-shopping advice.

“One white foot, buy him;
Two white feet, try him;
Three white feet, look well about him;
Four white feet, do without him.”

Of course, these days, horse people are far more logical about their horse buying. Or are they? Have you ever been warned against a chestnut mare, or a horse with double whorls?

Even if you are a logical judge of horseflesh without resorting to superstition, do you have a favorite pair of boot socks that you are sure to wear during important shows? Did you consider renaming your horse after you brought him home, but thought better of it because you’d heard it was bad luck to do so? Is there a routine you feel compelled to follow before or after every ride?

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Jeri    Nathrop, CO

6/14/2014 8:40:02 AM

I had a special blue and rust plaid pad given to me as Valentine's Day gift from my sweetheart. He
also gave me my horse the September prior as the best birthday present ever! I never rode my horse without this special pad. It also was never used on any other horse.

Macheal    Mansfield, OH

6/13/2014 8:55:15 PM

When I showed western pleasure I carried a small piece of leather from my aunts show saddle. She was very good at western pleasure, breaking/training (especally problem horses and horses at any age), and riding in general. My aunt was everything to me, she had me on a horse before i could even walk. I learned so much from her and i really looked up to her. In August, 1993, cancer took my aunt to heaven. She was my best friend, and hero. I <3 & Miss You <3

Dale    Hensall, Ontario, ON

6/13/2014 3:09:01 PM

When I used to show horses I made it a point to have the number 13.

Brenna    Canning, SD

6/13/2014 1:49:27 PM

When I rodeo I keep a lock of my old horse's hair in my shirt pocket so he can ride along and give me good luck.

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