After you've had your horse cremated, you can decide whether to have the ashes returned to you or not. If you opt to take the ashes, you have to decide what to do with them. What are your options?
1. Store the Ashes in an Urn
If you want to keep your horse close to you even after death, then you can have the ashes placed into a memorial urn. You can then keep this urn at home or even place it in your garden.
Urns range from decorative traditional pieces in ceramics to wooden boxes and caskets. Garden memorial urns are often shaped like blocks and are typically made from stone materials. These urns are designed to sit in a small place in your garden.
2. Scatter the Ashes
Some horse owners prefer to scatter their horse's ashes rather than keep them. This ritual can be a good way of saying goodbye to your horse and getting some final closure yourself.
If you want a close-to-home solution, then scattering the ashes in your garden might be an option. A scattering ceremony in your horse's paddock or somewhere on one of their favourite rides also works well for some owners.
3. Bury the Ashes
You can buy special urns that are suited for burial. So, if you wanted to bury your horse in your garden, you can buy a burial urn and even a plaque to mark their final resting place.
Some of these urns are biodegradable, returning your horse's remains to the earth without causing any environmental damage. Other urns are built to last rather than degrade after burial.
Some biodegradable garden urns come in a planting pot. Here, you bury the urn and then plant a tree or shrub in it. Eventually the plant will grow, giving you a permanent reminder of your horse.
4. Create a Commemorative Piece
It is possible to have some of your horse's ashes turned into a commemorative item that you can keep at home or even wear. For example, you can have just some of the ashes returned in a mini ornamental urn.
Alternatively, you can have some of the ashes placed in a piece of memorial jewellery like a locket, necklace or even a keyring. This allows you to keep your horse close to you.
Your horse cremation service can help you choose the best way to deal with your horse's ashes. To find out more about your options, ask their advice.