Horse Hair Jewellery from Tail End Jewellery

'The Tale Behind' is a place for you to tell us the story behind the special piece of jewellery that we made for you. We hope that this will enable you to share with us all, the special bond that you and your horse share, whether they are still part of your life or not.

If you wish to feature in this section then just send us your story (and a photo or two would be great!) and those picked will receive a £10 Gift Voucher to use on our website. A new story will be chosen and posted every few weeks so keep popping back to read them! 

I will start with my story of Gold:

(Click each photo or title to read the full story)
 

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Stasia
Stasia was a beautiful rescue grey arab mare that taught me so much during the 7 years that we had together. She had been irresponsively bred and so had a hereditary cateract problem which meant that she was partially blind in one eye. This made her even more flighty and wary than a stereotypical arabian! We didnt know a lot about her history but she didnt like most people and had clearly been mistreated at some point in her life. She was sound to be ridden but that was out of the question for the first few years, which I spent gaining her t...
Solitaire
I first met Solitaire when she exploded off the lorry in 1999 at the yard I was working at as a Saturday Girl. I was 14 and she was a very green 9 year old with lots of mane and forelock and a huge belly. She leapt off the lorry and ran round her new stable for hours. I thought she looked like a real carthorse (that was a bit nuts) but my mum saw something special in her from the start.  In the beginning my opinion of her was not improved. The only word you could describe her was savage, a typical moody mare that bared her teeth for...
Lad
I had loaned horses in the past, but none of them was quite like Lad. I had given my latest horse I had on loan up the year before as I had become unemployed and was going back to college to complete a degree. Of course I couldn't remove the love of horses and the riding completely from my life so I carried on having lessons - it allowed me to still see/ride my old horse and keep in touch with everyone at the yard.  In 2014 a couple of new horses came to the yard and I was eager to learn more about one in particular. The first t...
Oonah
A colleague of mine retired from the Met Police having completed a mere 30 years service, much of it was with the Mounted Police Force. She trained several horses on the streets of London, many of which are still keeping us safe there today. One of which was Oonah, whos hair we used to create a beautiful keepsake for Lorna. Sarah, July 2017  
Sam
What a lovely surprise I had for my birthday, a lovely bracelet made from Sam's tail. He was the best horse, hunting even leading two ponies at the PC Meet. He did camp with so many people, C tests and B tests.  He was the best but Navicular made his life a misery for the last 3 months of his life.  Missed by the whole family but at peace. Sarah-Jane, August 2017            
Shannon
Shannon was the first horse I bought. I lost her 2 months ago and she had been our girl for the last 7 years. Shannon had problems with her legs on and off since I bought her. She had navicular and it was getting worse. I couldnt see her suffer longer. We all enjoyed Shannon because she was so good natured. I did a couple of dressage tests on her and she did some jumping and she loved going on hacks with everyone and other horses. Our Shannon was a Houdini and did not like to stay in her own field and often visited her other hors...
Lady
I purchased a bracelet as a special gift for a friend who had to have her horse PTS this time last year. The bracelet was done as a secret gift for when the loss of losing her and the grief had reduced slightly. Amy had Lady from a 3yr old and backed and bought her on herself. Due to illness the partnership was ended prematurely.  The whole yard chipped in to remember her and the bracelet is a reminder of all the happy times they shared. Thank you for the beautiful gift that I was able to give her as a memory of happier time...
Shakir & Paloma
The void that is left in my life is indescribable! I had Shakir for 23 years and he was my best friend. We went through so much together, he was my rock. I got him when he was only 2 years old and the bond between us was so great. He developed the dreaded Laminitis 6 years ago and I tried everything possible to fight it and at one point we really thought we had won the battle! A year and a half ago I got a rescue mare (Paloma) to keep him company and he fell totally in love with her. He forgot all about his problems and was happily t...
George
I've wanted a horse since I was 6 years old, but wasn't in a postition to have my own until I was in my 30's. That is when the lovely George came into my life, or Gorgeous George to those who know him. He is a large 16.3 Shire x TB with a heart of gold. I was planning to do some hacking and schooling on him and just enjoy having a horse, but we ended up doing far more together than I could ever of imagined. We did show jumping, cross country, hunter trials, dressage and fun rides. We managed to complete a one day event to...
Ollie
I only had Ollie for around 4 years and the time flew. Unfortunately he was only 12 when we had to have him put to sleep earlier this year.  He had numerous health issues throughout our time together and we fought to the end but unfortunately his hind legs were unforgiving and we had to make the decision whilst he still had his dignity.  He had the biggest jump and was so so clever - sometimes this didn't help when he made decisions for us but he was a superstar and one of a kind. The type of horse I will never have the...
Duke & Hattie
Amelia has been fortunate to win the MGA World Individual Championships twice. Firstly in Under 12 in 2015 on her pony Duke and then the U 14 on Hattie in 2017. The two lovely ponies have given so much to Amelia and she loves them very much. Amelia used her Xmas money to have a special braclet designed by Tail End Jewellery to celebrate this achievement. The hair of the two ponies, one grey and one chestnut has been combined beautifully and the rose gold heart pendants have the ponies names engraved. Tail End Jewellery made suggestio...
Hydref
I bought my Piaffe Bracelet in memory of my lovely part Arab pony Hydref (Welsh for Autumn and pronounced Hudrev) I first saw Hydref in 2000 when he arrived as a working livery at the riding school where I was riding. It was love at first sight, he was the pony I had dreamt about all my life. He had been bought as a first pony but he soon proved to be rather unsuitable. I was allowed to ride him and he was certainly  a challenge, being quite willful and rather naughty. He was also extremely grumpy when being groomed or saddled. He w...
Thunder
"I have received my necklace, thank you its stunning" In 1999 I lost my first horse at 20 years after colic surgery. I searched for a similar Welsh Cob and found Hodni Rex, as a 3 year old with Cathie Pearce at Uphill Welsh cobs, in Lewdown, Devon. October 1999 my husband and I purchased the Bank Cottage, in Shropshire and soon we moved in, Thunder and his stable brother Storm joined us along with George my Trakehner x Part bred Welsh. Thunder was started using Parelli methods and the first time I rode him was with a we...
Duo
Duo was originally bought for my brother and little did I know at the time he would become my horse of a lifetime. Duo arrived 9 years ago, a raving lunatic to some, who we actually thought was too dangerous, but after hard work and determination from my mum and brother, he turned into part of our horsey family and soon became labelled our giant dog. So where did mine and Duo's story start? Back in 2011, on a weekend back from Universtiy, my mum was thinknig about selling Duo as my brothe rhad lost interest and he was becoming wasted...
Cornell
I am thrilled with the quality of the bracelet which exceeded my expectations and couldn't be more perfect. It also arrived quickly which was just what I needed to help try and fill the massive hole in my life by having him close again. I sadly lost Cornell to a rare medical condition on the 27th February after 9 years together. We picked him up at Ascot Sales December 2008 as a project to sell on. He was really smart, chestnut, 4 white socks, a blaze and movement to die for. Plus, he was full of character! Every time I saw him h...
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