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post #1 of 9 Old 07-08-2011, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Question kinda a weird question, but how would i preserve his smell?

I lost wally about a week and a half ago, and I took a chunk of his mane when I went to say good-bye. It still has his smell, and I love that smell, and I want to keep it for as long as I can, but I can tell it's going away. Any advice? I know this is super weird, but please?
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-08-2011, 11:23 PM
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I saw the subject line and I could not resist...I don't think it's weird at all. I know the smell of the horse I ride a couple times a week is certainly preserved in the big canvas bag in my trunk where my paddock boots, half-chaps, and helmet are stored. I don't know if there is some way to preserve it for the long-haul, but I would suggest a plastic baggie...and I wouldn't open it all that often, just when I needed that really powerful reminder.

I'm sorry you lost your boy, and I do get it that smell is one of the most incredibly evocative stimulus for memories. I don't think it's creepy or weird at all, and I wish you the best of luck with this...and that you find a new partner in due time. *hugs*

PS also maybe wrap up his mane in aluminum foil - that doesn't have a smell of its own, and maybe would be helpful in preserving the smell off his mane.
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-08-2011, 11:30 PM
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Agreed, nothing weird about that at all. It might seem that way to non-horsey people but we who have the bug understand your feelings exactly.

My best suggestion would be to put it in a Ziploc and then keep it in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight. Like Serafina said, try to avoid opening it too often.

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post #4 of 9 Old 07-09-2011, 05:30 AM
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Not strange at all. I actually have something that smells like my daddy that I have in a ziplock. Just don't open it often.
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-09-2011, 09:03 AM
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I have the tail of every horse I have lost. I braid the tail, rubberband it at the top and bottom of the braid then cut the braid off just below the bone before I put them to sleep. I keep all the tails in separate ziplock bags with names and dates written on the bags along with a photo of the horse. Some day I would like to make fly wisps out of the tails to hang in my equestrian room in my house. I also have lamp made out of the shoes of my Clydesdale "Seamus".
I have the towel that my Dalmation, 'Dottie" slept on also wrapped in a ziplock, I keep it in the linnen closet, top shelf. About once a year, when I clean the closet, I open the zip lock take a big whiff and have myself a good cry. How I loved that dog, and it has been 15 years, her smell is still strong.
So do I think it is weird that you want to heep your horses scent... not at all!!
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-09-2011, 09:08 AM
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I agree, not strange at all. Sorry to hear of your loss, rip Wally. I saved my mare's entire tail, she passed several years ago. I saved it in a vacuum sealed bag. I've been learning to hitch horsehair and plan to make myself reins from her tail once I'm certain I am good enough not to ruin it.

I have opened the bag a couple times and the smell is still there and has me in tears each time.
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-09-2011, 10:40 AM
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To all of us horse people, that's not wierd at all. I made a keychain out of my first horse's tail. I used to just hold it under my nose, I was so sad the first time I realized it smelled like my car and not my horse anymore. I wished so much that I'd found a way to preserve the smell.

I'm sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you!

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post #8 of 9 Old 07-10-2011, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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thanks a lot guys, i'll try to find a baggy to put it in.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-12-2011, 12:21 AM
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Not weird, sounds very loving to me. I used a baggy, but the smell did go away. Sorry for your loss.
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