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post #1 of 39 Old 07-02-2019, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Horse memento

So the horse hair blanket post got me thinking about this. I know some people take mane or tail hair and have it made into bracelets and stuff. I said I was creeped out by that blanket, but at the same time I can understand the sentiment. What have you all done, or seen done, to keep a physical memento of your horse that has passed?
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post #2 of 39 Old 07-02-2019, 05:30 PM
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I know a guy whose wife made him a set of tassels for his vaquero set up -- shoo-fly, mecate end, headstall tassels. His horse was a palomino paint so it was all white.

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post #3 of 39 Old 07-02-2019, 05:54 PM
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Right after I agreed with the vet to put my arab down somebody appeared with scissors and proceeded to trim off all his mane and tail for me. He flicked his tail up and down--I'm sure it felt funny! And he actually looked really cute that way. However, even though I do like the idea of making a bracelet or something it would always remind me that he only had minutes to live after that and would be like a knife through my heart. So I don't know if I will do anything with his hair or not.

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post #4 of 39 Old 07-02-2019, 06:02 PM
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I bang my horses' tails up to their hocks heading into the winter since it's just a little easier to have less hair to get weighed down by snow and ice balls. I used that hair to have keychains made. That way it wasn't a "last memory" sort of moment, but I will still have something from them when they're gone.
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post #5 of 39 Old 07-02-2019, 06:03 PM
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I took some of Bella's tail hair before I had her put down. I didn't just cut it off though, I took a chunk out of the center so it wasn't noticeable. I didn't want to send her off with no tail. I still have that hair and haven't decided what to do with it.

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post #6 of 39 Old 07-02-2019, 06:19 PM
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When I had my horse put down last year I cut a hunk of mane haven't done anything with it yet. When my dog was put to sleep just mid May this year. Vet clinic did a clay paw print that I brought home and baked it ,so it stays like it was day it was done.

Horse I took mane hair that morning before he was put down.
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post #7 of 39 Old 07-02-2019, 06:52 PM
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I also have some hair from my old mare, Dolly. I didn't want to do a bracelet with it since I knew I wouldn't ever wear it, so instead I took a lock of it and put it into a shadowbox with her old halter, a ribbon, a dressage test, and a picture. It's a really nice display/memorial for her. Haven't hung it up since we moved here (over a year ago so really no excuse...) but here is a picture of it.

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@NavigatorsMom that's really sweet.

I also like the idea of taking some hair BEFORE it's time, too, so you don't have those memories associated with it.
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post #9 of 39 Old 07-02-2019, 07:16 PM
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I have a band of hair from most of the horses who were 'mine'. Mostly lease horses. I'd fallen out of the practice by the time I bought my own. Should probably grab some hair from my guy at some point. I usually took their bridle paths when I'd cut those for the first time, but I don't let my guy's grow out long enough to be much use. I've been the one who goes out and pulls hair from friend's recently deceased horses so they don't have to.


I didn't do anything for the lease horse I had PTS. It was a traumatic few days and that was the last thing on my mind. Still have her mane hair hanging around though.



I've seen shadow boxes with old halters, ribbons, pictures, shoes, jewlery, ect. I don't want to think about what I'd have done. He's not allowed to die. >.<
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post #10 of 39 Old 07-02-2019, 07:42 PM
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We took his front shoes, mane & tail and had a favorite picture made into a shadow box.
My horse lives on in that picture with a random pair of shoes pulled and left behind...
My friend asked if I would allow her to make something for me...
I was so heart-broken said sure...and forgot.
About 6 weeks later came a handmade shadow box she made for me...
She made one for her too as she loved my horse as much as I...
I was pleased she thought so much of him to do this and more pleased she made a keepsake for her too...
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