Your Turn: Keeping your horse close

You’ve probably heard of horsehair bracelets, crafted with a lock of your horse’s own hair. But we bet you haven’t heard of this variation! Thanks, Megan Rust, for sending this our way.

From Megan:

I’m sure many of you have horsehair bracelets. I have several, including this one below. It’s black leather with dark chocolate padding to match my Lusitano mare Athene’s saddle and bridle. Her light grey tail hair was braided into the bracelet. The bracelet was made by Kimberley Phillips of Enter At A Jewelry.

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Kim did such a good job on the horsehair bracelet that I commissioned something else from her. When Athene was about two years old, I found a tooth cap in her feed bin. Obviously, it was hers because she was teething at the time. I kept it: horse ivory! I didn’t know what to make with it, but I knew I wanted something. It was a very special horse memento, worth displaying. I asked Kim if she could do something with it, and we settled upon a bracelet.

We traded a number of emails with ideas and drawings–my drawings were done with the Doodle Buddy app on my iPad–and finally we decided upon a design and Kim got to work on it.

This is the finished product. Sterling silver beads with the tooth connected in the center. I think it looks fabulous, and I will wear it all the time, even in the shower. (That’s why I asked for sterling beads.) I’ve gotten compliments on it, with several people saying that it looks much more artsy-fartsy than a simple horse tooth cap.

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