Sending Freedom off to Virginia was a bit traumatic — probably more so for me than for him, as he’s settled in quickly and well. When he was about to leave, I received such a thoughtful gift from my co-op partner (Curly’s Mom) — a bracelet made from Freedom’s tail hair. I have really enjoyed wearing it as I feel like I’m bringing a bit of Freedom along with me.
It’s beautifully braided with a sterling silver medallion with Freedom written on it. Somewhat shockingly, Freedom’s tail hair is quite dark — not at all the chestnut color that I associate with him.
Creating horse hair bracelets has always been a way that people remember their horses. The fact that Freedom is just living away from me (and not dead) for me makes it a more enjoyable to wear. I still have the tail hair my husband collected from Kroni in a box somewhere. After he died, I couldn’t bring myself to open it. In fact, I’m enjoying Freedom’s bracelet so much, I may have one made from Zelda’s tail. Lord knows she has a thicker, longer tail than any two horses I’ve come across.
Freedom’s horse hair bracelet was made by Hoofbeat Designs.