So this will be the last post before Christmas. In celebration for the holiday, I thought it would be nice to talk about Christmassy things to do with horses.
One of the first things that come to mind when you think of horses and Christmas is sleigh rides. I don't know about you but there's something so festive about getting in a sleigh and seeing the scenery while enjoying the diversity of the horse. If you don't have access to a sleigh or a sleigh riding service, trail rides in the snow are also really festive. Just make sure that you and your horse stay warm and be careful that you don't slip on any ice.
Sometimes you can get bored of riding in the indoor arena all winter long, so going on a trail ride is a nice change to your routine that both you and your horse will enjoy. You can even take your time walking along the trail and see all of the tracks from the wild animals. If you're adventurous, you might want to try to follow them to see if you can find the animal. Just make sure you aren't following any tracks of a dangerous animal and that you always know where you are so you don't end up getting lost.
Another activity that doesn't take too much energy is to watch the horses playing out in the snow. You might want to take your camera with you and take some pictures. If there any that you are proud of, why not print them out? They can be added to your collection of horse pictures and could be framed on your wall. That way you'll be able to be reminded of the beautiful simple moments with your horses every year.
The most obvious Christmas thing to most people is presents. Buying horse related things for a horse lover or for your horse for Christmas will usually be very much appreciated. Horse people always need new things since our passion and our sport can get pretty expensive. Buying things like browbands, blankets, boots or helmets is a wonderful gift. And if you don't know what to buy them, a gift card to a tack shop won't be a disappointment.
One things that I wouldn't recommend buying is a horse or a pony. I think you might be surprised about how many of these animals (just like cats and dogs) are bought for someone as a present. The problem with this is that you're not just buying an animal, you're buying a partner. If the rider doesn't 'click' with the horse, there's just so much you can do. Also, the person who is buying the horse may not realise all the work and cost of keeping a horse that is involved. If you would like to learn more about the buying a horse process, you can click here.
Another important part of Christmas is giving. So why not give to a local horse shelter. Maybe you have extra hay, grain or tack that you can give them. Maybe you can donate some money or maybe you can donate your time. I'm sure all would be appreciated. The great thing about giving is that, if you do it for the right reasons, you'll get something out of it too. You'll feel great and proud of yourself because you helped someone else out without wanting or expecting anything in return.
So that is it for this week. Thank you for reading and I wish you all a wonderful, happy and safe Christmas this year. If you don't celebrate Christmas, I wish you a good happy holidays just the same.
Until next time, happy riding!