When Rudy had to be put down, I saved a strand of his tail hair to have something made to remember him by. In the days following his death, I did an internet search for hand-braided horse hair bracelets, and sifted through a few different companies and artists who make them. I found the website for TailSpinBracelets.com and from the photos of all the beautiful horse hair items they make, I knew this was where I wanted to order my bracelet from.
I had a few questions, so I called and spoke with a representative named Katie Jolley, who answered them and assured me on every point. Yes, they could make a bracelet with just a small ten-inch section of hair about as big around as a pencil. No, I didn’t need to wash it in advance, as they partner with Cowboy Magic, and use their conditioner and shine product for horses and humans. They would return any unused hair so I could save it as well, and the bracelet would be shipped with insurance and a tracking number. They could even engrave Rudy’s name on the back of a little silver lucky horse shoe charm to personalize the bracelet!
I mailed my horse hair in a resealable bag with my name and phone number attached, and the finished bracelet arrived in less than a week! I was so surprised and excited to have it back so soon. When I opened it, it was perfect. Rudy’s black and silver strands of hair were smoothly braided into a flat braid with silver caps at each end, a silver clasp, and the lucky horse shoe charm. It fit perfectly, and felt comfortable on my arm. I paired it with a few strands of black beads to complement the horse hair bracelet.
Here’s the result:
I am so happy to have a part of Rudy that’s still here with me. This bracelet brings back so many wonderful memories and helps me feel like I can always keep him close even though he’s gone. Thank you, Tail Spin Bracelets, for crafting such a beautiful piece!