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Braided Horsehair Horseshoe

We are thrilled to offer you this beautiful keepsake in collaboration with Tail End Jewellery.
Alison from Tail End is highly skilled and has over 18 years experience working with horsehair.

We are so glad to be working with her to offer you this unique piece.
Horseshoe Hearts will carefully clean, polish, personalise (if you wish) and seal the horseshoe.
You can supply your own horse's shoe or use one from our stock.
Please note we do assume you will be supplying your own horsehair for this piece.
If this is not the case please contact us when placing your order to discuss.

Alison will then braid the horsehair that you supply into the shoe and we will return it to you presented in a jute gift bag.
Together we will create a beautifully tactile piece that you may like to frame or hang in your home as a lasting momento of a special friend.
Please note due to the bespoke nature of these items lead time is approximately four weeks.
These items cannot be Fast Tracked. Read more →

    Braided Horsehair Horseshoe

    We are over the moon to offer you this beautiful keepsake in collaboration with Tail End Jewellery. Alison from Tail End has over 18 years experience working with horsehair. Horseshoe Hearts will carefully clean, polish, personalise (if you wish) and seal the horseshoe. You can supply a horseshoe of your own or one from our stock. Alison will then braid the horsehair that you supply into the shoe and we will return it to you presented in a jute gift bag.

    You can chose to have the shoe left plain, or if you would prefer we can add hand stamped personalisation to the shoe (space allowing) and also hang your shoe from rustic jute plait or white ribbon. These shoes look beautiful either placed in a frame of your choice, perhaps with a photo as a one of a kind display piece. Or you may wish to chose to hang your shoe where you can still touch both the shoe and the horsehair together as a tactile reminder of your four footed companion.

    Horseshoe Details

    If you would like to use your own shoe, select this from the drop down menu options and send your shoe and your horsehair, labelled with your order number and name to us. See the ‘Delivery’ tab the description for address details. If you do not have a shoe from your own horse or pony but would still like to incorporate your horse hair into a Braided Horseshoe we can supply a shoe for you. Select this from the drop down menu and send just your horsehair to us with your order number and name.

    On checkout if you would like, or in with your horse’s hair, please send a note with detail about your horse or pony the hair is from. Their height, breed, build and any other characteristics that may help us. We can then select an appropriately sized shoe to create your heart from. If your pony was a small 12.2hh we will chose a smaller shoe to reflect that, likewise a 17hh Warmblood would wear a different sized shoe to a 15hh heavy cob. Barry has many years experience as a farrier so will use this to select a shoe as close as possible to the details you provide.

    As standard we remove toe and quarter clips from the shoes. This is so, if you would like to frame your shoe it will sit flat in your frame of choice, or if you prefer to wall hang your shoe it will lay flat on the wall and not cause any wear or damage. If you would like the clips to be left on please advise us otherwise they will be removed as standard.

    Horsehair Details

    We will need you to send enough horse tail hair to be able to complete a braid round the shoe. As a guide please supply a minimum length of 40cm and approx a pencil thickness quantity of hair for the Braided Horsehair Horseshoe. If you do not have this amount or only have mane hair please contact us and we will do our best to help advise you if you would like one of these special shoes. Any spare hair will be returned to you with your braided horseshoe.

    Please look through all the photos for details of the varying position of the braiding. With some shoes we may be able to provide a continuous braid round the shoe. With other shoes, either because of the wear to the shoe, or the type or brand of the shoe, we may need to create two smaller braids on either side rather than one longer one. If we have a concern when your shoe arrives that it we may not be able to fit two smaller or one longer braid on your shoe we will contact you to discuss a solution.

    Lead Times

    Please note due to the bespoke nature of these shoes and both Tail End Jewellery & Horseshoe Hearts working together means lead times may be longer than standard. Please be advised that lead time for these special keepsakes is currently 3 weeks from receiving your Horsehair and/or Horseshoes here with us.

    How should I send my Horsehair and Horseshoes?

    We ask that you send your shoes and hair to us, and select return delivery, via Special Delivery. This is because of tracking that you receive with this service. Standard Royal Mail Signed For is not a tracked service. We want your horsehair and horseshoes to stay as safe as possible and while we cannot eliminate risk entirely we believe Special Delivery – where items are tracked and signed for – is the safest way for precious shoes and hair from your special friends to travel.

    More from Tail End Jewellery

    Alison offers a whole range of beautiful horseshair jewellery. To see more just click here to visit her website.


    Your order will arrive with you in a branded jute gift bag.

    They are ethically sourced and made of a natural fibre so you can just pop the ribbon out and pop it on the compost where it will break down naturally. Though we hope you may like to keep your jute bag and reuse it. Perhaps to store potatoes, carrots, maybe some grooming brushes or your plaiting kit, depending on the bag size. We’d love to hear what you come up with!

    We have to confess, nostalgia did play a part in our choice! Do you remember those old jute horse rugs of days gone by? They were so heavy! Secured with a roller! A far cry from the modern horse rugs we see today! Did you know Mr HH’s father was also a farrier? Barry remembers the big jute sacks full of shoes that were delivered to his father’s forge.

    So, for us, these rustic little bags made the perfect choice to present our horseshoe creations in. A small acknowledgement of where we came from, while being eco friendly which is a real necessity moving forwards.

    We aim to use wherever possible 100% recyclable card & paper packaging, including the tape on the postal boxes, so you can pop it all into the recycling bin once you order arrives safely with you.

    Lead Times:

    We aim to dispatch candle, textile & gift voucher within 3 working days of receipt of your order. For horseshoe creation lead times please see below.

    The majority of our pieces are hand forged and crafted to order. Please allow up to 3 weeks for dispatch of your order. We do endeavour to be as quick as we can.

    Please allow 4 weeks lead time for Braided Horsehair items and Horseshoe Photo Frames.

    Some larger pieces and bespoke orders may take longer lead time.

    Please Note: If using your own horse’s shoes delivery lead times are from the date your shoes are received by us, not the order date. Please ensure shoes arrive with us as promptly as possible.

    Fast Track:

    Fast Track is available on some horseshoe items for an additional charge. Eligible items have Fast Track options on them on each individual item. These items have a 7 day lead time on receipt of your order, or if sending your own shoes 7 days from receipt of your shoes arriving with us. Please note we cannot guarantee any dispatch of an order in less than 7 days.

    Sending your own shoes:

    The address to send your horseshoes to is Horseshoe Hearts, 3 Cromer Close, Little Gaddesden, Herts, HP4 1PR. Please include a note with your name and order number so we know they are your shoes.

    On check out you will be given the option to select your item under 2kg to be sent to you via Royal Mail First Class Signed For or via Special Delivery. Please note the only Special Delivery is tracked. Signed For acknowledges when the item is sent and when the item was received. It is not a tracked service. If you are sending precious shoes we recommend Special Delivery or other Tracked and Signed Service.

    All items over 2kg will be sent with a courier (usually UPS) and are sent on a tracked and signed service.

    International Orders:

    We are happy to ship to most locations worldwide. International Delivery is for International Standard delivery. Approx. transit/shipping time between 5-10 days depending on your location. We cannot guarantee shipping times.


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