Saint Eloy (Eligius), patron saint of farriers and blacksmiths, was born at Chaptelat near Limoges in 588. It is said that Saint Eloy having been asked to shoe a possessed horse, proceeded to cut off the horse's leg in order to attach the shoe. He placed the horse's leg on his anvil and after nailing on the shoe he then re-attached the leg back onto the horse. A sculpture over the door of Saint Nicholas, Durweston, Dorset, shows Saint Eloy holding a three legged horse whilst another man holds the horse's leg.

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