Palmerston woman Emma Porter helps horse owners throughout Waitaki deal with bereavement.
For several months, Mrs Porter has been making horsehair jewellery for people whose pet horses have died.
The idea first came about after she lost a filly of her own in a fatal paddock accident earlier this year.
Saddened by the loss of her pet, she got a Dunedin-based jeweller to make bracelet out of hair from her filly.
After getting the bracelet, Mrs Porter was pleased with the finished product, and decided she wanted to make similar jewellery for others whose horses had died.
“I wasn’t planning on it, to be honest – I just thought I’d do the odd one here and there.”
Since starting the project, Mrs Porter has made jewellery for several customers.
The jewellery she makes includes bracelets, necklaces, earrings and key rings.
“It’s good – I really enjoy it,” she said.
“I’ve probably done about a dozen for people over the last couple of months.”
Most of the jewellery took about two hours to make, she said.
Mrs Porter said the best part of making the jewellery was getting to admire the finished product.
“It’s quite rewarding when it’s finished, and you see the end result,” she said.
“Every piece is different – there’s not one the same.”
Mrs Porter was optimistic she could one day turn her hobby into a successful business.
“Hopefully it will get busier and bring in some more money,” she said.