Losing a beloved horse is sure to be difficult and require plenty of time to think and heal. If a friend has experienced the loss of his horse, provide him with a simple gift that allows him to remember his pet and also lets him know that your thoughts are with him. There is no need to be extravagant or lavish; even the simplest of gifts will remind your friend of the love he shared with his pet.
A piece of jewellery that reminds your friend of her precious pet is a way for her to carry the memory with her wherever she goes. Simple charm bracelets with an equestrian theme will allow your friend to keep memories of her horse around when she's grieving, or when she wants a reminder of the times they shared. Get your friend a necklace or a ring with the horse's name engraved. A locket with a tuft of the horse's hair inside is a kind gesture. Contact a company that specialises in creating jewellery from horse hair.
Many photography studios are able to put a photograph on virtually anything. Use a photograph of your friend and his horse and have it printed on a throw blanket, or blown up on an art canvas. Transform a picture into a hologram image on a necklace. Have a cup or mug etched with the image of the horse. Give a photo album or scrapbook filled with memorable photographs as a precious gift that will last for years.
Virtual Sympathy Gifts
Light a virtual candle online in honour of your friend's horse. Design a memorial page for the purpose of remembering his pet and letting others know more about him and what an interesting horse he was. A memorial page will also allow your friend to connect with others who have experienced what he's going through.
Books filled of equestrian-related poetry or quotes are likely to put a smile on your friend's face in this time of loss. Purchase a journal with a horse on the front, or have a photo of your friend's horse printed on a journal and provide it to her to write letters to her deceased pet; this will allow her to express herself in her time of sorrow. If the horse was a show horse or racehorse, contact the arena where it performed to see if a plaque may be placed in the horse's honour. If your friend's horse wasn't well-known, place a plaque in an area where he liked to gallop. Make a charitable donation to a horse-related organisation in the name of the horse.