Chevaux...yes, we are in a mild climate, for sure. But if it's built using heavy duty materials like telephone poles, railroad ties etc....it should hold up to many things!
Making it special with the old, recycled materials gives so much character too. Many windows are old stained-glass windows. So finding stuff like that that is being thrown away or sold cheaply is great. Get creative....found some pretty shapely driftwood around that has lots of points and is nailed to the wall for hanging things.:)
For what it's worth, I've known lots of folks that use old horseshoes as bridle hangers and hooks for various items.
The ones I've got look like this (though not storebought, my Dad welded ours a loooonng time ago).
But I've also seen hooks where folks take a horseshoe and bend it 90 degrees right in the middle of the toe section so that one side is flat enough to nail/screw to the wall and the other side is bent away in a hook.
I need to get some pictures of mine now that I've got it mostly cleaned up and organized...
I learned, by accident, that if you take upside down horseshoes...with the ends pointing up, like a letter 'U'.....and you nail them to a post, or wall....but don't nail the nails all the way in...you let the top ends lean towards you....and it's a good hanger type thing. Hope that made sense.