Friday, December 22, 2017

Wearing My Heart on My Sleeve

When Suzie passed away, like most equestrians, I cut away sections of her mane and tail. I had wanted to (at some point) have a bracelet or keychain tassel made in her memory, when I was ready.

I was kind of picky about what I wanted though, because I wanted something I could wear every day (if I wanted). The typical horse hair memory bracelets are very delicate looking and I feared I would snag it on something and end up breaking it.


After a few weeks of research, I came across Enter At A's studio and after a few questions, I placed an order and sent a portion of Suzie's hair. I was nervous about it being lost in the mail, but since I had cut so much of it, I knew I had "back up" amounts should I need.

I needn't worry, as it arrived just fine.

A few weeks later, I anxiously began to check my mailbox and finally, I was able to see the bracelet for the very first time.

The elegance of a buckle back is just so appealing to me.
It makes it easy to put on as well, as most bracelets are
hook and eye set ups.
The pictures really do not do it justice - the hair is quite secure in the little slot in the leather and doesn't snag or catch on clothing. I chose a very conservative color scheme (brown/black), but Enter At A can do any color combination, which is pretty fun if your horse had a certain color associated with them.

The bracelet itself is a bit stiff (which is to be assumed with leather), but I imagine it'll break in eventually with more wear. It isn't super uncomfortable unless it rests on my wrist bones, but I just turn it off-center for the time being until it stretches more. 


The bracelet means so much more to me than any other piece of hand jewelry I own - it holds an infinite amount of value. I find myself staring down at it and tracing the braiding from side to side, reminiscing about my time with Suzie and how fortunate I was to call her my own.

It's a nice nod to my red mare, and a beautiful honor to her memory.

Trying to get photos of my wrist was awkward so I
settled for a mirror selfie in the bathroom.
She will continue to be missed, but I feel more connected to her and find myself comforted by the bracelet and what it means to me.

22 comments:

  1. I've always regretted that I didn't take a big chunk of tail from my old guy. I have a piece of his mane but it isn't enough to do much with it, except set it in some resin to make a pendant.
    I wish I could have done a bracelet like that.

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    1. Aw :(
      A pendant is just as nice tho, as long as it is something you can remember them by <3

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  2. That is a stunning bracelet. I love it.

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  3. The bracelet is lovely. It's one of the nicest ones I've seen. After I lost Dusty I asked the vet and women at the desk to cut a piece of her tail but they never did. And I've missed having a piece of her to make a bracelet out of.

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    1. Isn't it just beautiful?

      Aw, I'm sorry to hear that. It is always nice to have some of their hair as a momento.

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  4. I have commissioned several pieces from Enter At A over the last few years and they're all gorgeous. I have one I've worn quite regularly for several years and it still looks brand new. I love the subdued look of yours, it's lovely.

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    1. Glad you are also a happy customer!! She does a lovely job

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  5. Pretty. I like the way the dark leather contrasts with her hair color.

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  6. It looks great - what a nice memento

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  7. I had Carlos' tail. I had contacted a company a lot like Enter A, we discussed what I wanted - a belt in Navy with silver accents, his name on a plate, his tail inlaid into the leather. Everything was set... and yet.. I somehow lost his tail.. I might have lost it.. my ex might have thrown it out. Either way it was gone. Your bracelet is beautiful.

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  8. I still have hair from one of my horses that passed away, I love this bracelet. It looks so classy.

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  9. What an absolutely beautiful bracelet!

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  10. That is a really beautiful bracelet!

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