Hi, and thank you so much for your interest in the horsehair jewelry I create. I thought that I would write
a bit about myself, since you all share so much with me...
I was born and raised in Gunnison, Colorado. I started riding at the age of 2 and starting competing at
the age of 2 1/2. I showed my mom's old barrel horse from college. Ben was the best old man, he was
the first horse that I can remember riding and my first love.
My mom started a horse ranch called Marmot
Mountain Ranch. Being an only child growing up, my
horses were my entertainment, my companions and
most of all my friends. I grew to have a great love and
respect for the horse.
I grew up participating in 4-H, FFA and competed
riding cutting horses. When I was 11 a got my first
horse that was all mine. Slaton's Doc, but to me he
was Brownie. He was the horse that helped me
through the hard times of growing up. I loved him
more than ANYTHING. I truly gained the realization of
what magnificent animals horses really are. I
continued on showing in the cutting arena, then lost
Brownie when I was 18, he developed a tumor in his
spine. I was destroyed by the loss of him, I did not
touch another horse for two years. And, then Salson
|Ivy & Ben, 2 1/2, first horse show, Skyland, Gunnison, Co., 1981.
|Ivy & Ben, 6, cover of Gunnison Country
|Ivy & Brownie, 13, Colorado State Fair,
After loosing Brownie, I was devastated. My heart was broken and I had
NO interested in horses at all. Until April, 2001. My dad's mare, Sally,
was carrying her first foal. Salson was born early, unable to stand for
long periods, his legs were also VERY croaked. It was love at first sight.
Salson has grown into the most beautiful horse. A lot has changed in my
life, but one thing is still the same, horses are my entertainment, my
companions and most of all my friends.
I started IM Silver so that I could be home with my kids. I
spent 2 weeks with a gentleman in Wyoming to learn the
engraving and I taught myself the braiding, through trial
and error. I started making horsehair jewelry to help
others bridge the gap between the loss and the great
memories of their special horses. I love making
horsehair jewelry, it is the very best thing I could be
doing to help support my family, plus it feeds my soul.
|Ivy & Salson and the Kids & Seva, 2008.
Once again, I would like to thank all the people that I have already made special pieces of jewelry for. And
thank you, to the people that are looking to have a piece made.
Your friend and fellow horse lover,
Horsehair Jewelry by IM Silver
My husband, kids, myself, 3 dogs and 5 wonderful horses still live in Gunnison. My kids are forming the love for
horses as I did when I was a kid. I am a 4-H leader and I hope to help others kids find horses, too. We are
very happy. And, for me...I will never be horseless again.
|Articles about Ivy and IM Silver
|Published in The Gunnison Country Times 8/1/13
|Published in The Gunnison Country Times 11/21/13
|Published in The Fence Post 03/03/2014
|Published in The Equine Journal 10/1/12
|Gunnison Country Times 7/2015
|Fence Post Magazine 07/20/2015
All designs Copyright IM Silver.