Loss of a beloved horse

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  • Janyse Original Poster
    Topics Started: 3Replies Posted: 16

    Hi there,
    My neighbor just lost her horse of 33 years. What would be an appropriate gift?
    We received a honey apple tree from her when we lost ours; once it matures, she said we could feed the apples from it to our toher horse. I felt that was very special.
    Thanks for sharing any ideas you may have

    Enjoy your ride,
    Janyse

    Odie4Me Odie4Me
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 13

    I am so sorry for your friend’s loss. I know how difficult it is.

    Plants are always a wonderful way for remembering a loved one. We had a “Memory Garden” at my grandparents house and it was really special.

    I don’t know if she kept any of her horse’s tail, but there are people who make beautiful bracelets with the horse tail.

    The best gift though, just listen to your friend, give hugs and let her talk about her wonderful memories.

    Bless you for caring so much.

    Janyse Original Poster
    Topics Started: 3Replies Posted: 16

    Thank you so much; I like the idea! A memory garden sounds really nice! Thanks for the blessing; I’ll take as many as I can get!

    Enjoy your ride,
    Janyse

    Dragon Tea Dragon Tea
    Topics Started: 4Replies Posted: 18

    You could get a portrait painted of her horse. I used to do oil painting commissions a lot for pet memorial portraits. That way they could hang it inside their living room.

    There are a lot of people who will do it on etsy.com from a photograph.

    Some other ideas:
    -Memorial pet wind chime
    -Memorial bench
    -Framed photo

    Janyse Original Poster
    Topics Started: 3Replies Posted: 16

    Fabulous ideas and greatly appreciated!

    Enjoy your ride,
    Janyse

    GHFrider GHFrider
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 32

    I like the portrait idea. I did that for my daughter when her favorite horse was put down. I found a portrait artist who was able to take her favorite photo, remove her from the final version, and do a beautiful watercolor of her horse in mid-flight unencumbered. She loved it! The plant idea is also lovely, but I am still kind of sad about the memory garden I had to leave behind when I sold my home. I took cuttings, but they didn’t take. And I had to remove a memory tree from my new house which very much saddened the last owner, but it was a toxic plant for the horses. Just sayin’…I prefer portable remembrances.

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    Janyse Original Poster
    Topics Started: 3Replies Posted: 16

    I just received a text message this morning of a portrait someone did of her horse……great minds think alike! Hhmmm, didn’t think about the garden and tree and their immobility. i’m leaning toward wind chimes with a horse motif. thank you all for taking the time to respond!

    Enjoy your ride,
    Janyse

    andie_zelles
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 7

    There is a great new idea using the horses hair for futur reference if you can get some before burials. Which is braiding them and making necklaces or bracelates adding charms to them.

    Also, if you can get a hold of the horses shoe there are designs that I have seen where a thin, metal wire is strung with beads and charms wrapping around the shoe in artistic ways. I made one for a friend and it turned out beautiful. They are very unique and different in any way they are made. Just google “horseshoe beaded art” .

    Jon Jon
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 17

    I have shadow box pictures of my two that I lost in the last year. In each picture is a lock of tail and mane from each horse and a picture of us together doing something we loved to do.

    NinaJD NinaJD
    Topics Started: 8Replies Posted: 139

    when our friend lost her horse we found some pictures we had taken of him and her other horse together and got her cute frames and put them in them for her.
    she knew she was going to put him down, so we told her to get as much of his tail and mane as possible, so we could send it out and get her keepsakes made.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

    Janyse Original Poster
    Topics Started: 3Replies Posted: 16

    thank you for your ideas! I decided to go with a keepsake box I had engraved and there was a place to put a picture into the lid, so I did that too. She can put some of his items in the box if she wants

    Enjoy your ride,
    Janyse

    Sweeter_than_Sugar777 Sweeter_than_Sugar777
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 6

    first of all im so sorry for her loss. I know what it feels like. I think you should give her a nice three photo picture frame that you chould put pictures of her horse in and give her a big basket of apples and carrots.

    When Pigs Fly, Sweeter_than_Sugar777

    Janyse Original Poster
    Topics Started: 3Replies Posted: 16

    Sorry for your losses Jon…………:-(

    Enjoy your ride,
    Janyse

    Janyse Original Poster
    Topics Started: 3Replies Posted: 16

    thanks for your great ideas; I’ve already taken care of the gift, though.

    Enjoy your ride,
    Janyse

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