Thursday

Halloween Horse Costuming

Will you and your horse participate in a Halloween fun show this fall? Need some costuming ideas?

Take a look at these informative online articles for ideas and how-to's for masquerading with your mare, gelding, stallion, filly, or colt.

Halloween and horses: Safety comes first with horse costuming
Many horse lovers enjoy dressing up in Halloween and themed costumes for such happenings, and some even decorate or costuming their horses. The secret is to keep things simple and safe.

7 fun and easy horse and rider costume ideas for Halloween or fun shows 
Creativity runs rampant for costume classes at equestrian fun shows, as well as barn Halloween parties. Frequently, the most memorable get-ups actually pair horse and human in complementary or matching outfits for these autumn holiday events.Ideally, the Halloween...

4 extra-easy ways to costume a horse for Halloween or fun shows
Costume classes are holiday highlights at equestrian fun shows and horse barn Halloween parties, among horse lovers of all ages. Riders or in-hand walkers and their horses may win ribbons or prizes, parading around merrily in their masqueraded splendor.


What creative costume ideas might equestrians choose for these fall horse-lover events? From simple to ornate, humorous to historical and easy to elegant, horse costumes can be fun to make or purchase.

Horse Halloween costumes for humans
Horse lovers’ calendars may fill up with Halloween horse shows, fun shows, masquerade parties and trick But what if a horse lover wants to dress up as a horse?
Photo c2009 by Nickers and Ink

Costuming with caution: 6 Halloween pet costume safety tips
Pet costumes can be fun and festive, but a few common-sense cautions can help keep both canines and felines safe during the trick or treating and other Halloween festivities. After all, no responsible pet owner wants to see Halloween turn into a genuine nightmare or an emergency veterinary hospital visit.

Here's a fun horse costuming video you might enjoy. 
Just saw this online. Check out the variety of costumes for horse and rider, as well as the assortment of interesting musical selections. Costumes include Native Dress for breed shows, as well as parade, Halloween and fun show options.
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Monday

Dressage Divas? Perhaps Not.

I have seen this before - of "Men Doing Dressage" . . . maybe you have too. But it still tickles me.

Although I enjoy dressage - both riding and viewing - I found this amusing. Despite the usual masculine aversion to full-seat white lycra breeches, men may actually ride dressage proficiently. Many men do dressage quite well, often mounted upon their tall thoroughbreds or fancy imported Warmbloods. Historically, male riders have proven their mettle in the dressage arena, clad in sleek shadbellies with their traditional top hats.

Still . . .

Enjoy "Men Doing Dressage."

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Personally, I'd like to interview the equine spectator at the end. How would he rate the performance?

Wednesday

Snack Attack

Snack Attack


How do you feed your horse?


Do you ever feed treats to your horse by hand? Do you allow others to hand-feed treats to your horse?


This week, a teen at our barn was injured, while feeding a corn cob to her horse. Her docile grey Quarab (Quarter Horse x Arabian) began to choke on the corn cob, so she reached into his mouth to grab it. The horse bit down on the corn cob and his young owner’s hand, nearly severing one of her fingers.


A simple horse snack became a quick trip to the emergency room, where her broken finger was sewn up and splinted.


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Immediately, a barn-wide alert was issued, urging equestrians and visitors to feed treats in horse buckets only.


This is a warning much needed and well heeded.


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Although it may seem like fun to hand a carrot, a peppermint, a sugar cube, a ginger snap or an apple core to a beloved horse, the safer practice is simply to drop the snack into his bucket.


Thanks for Sharing! What Foods Can You Share with Your Horse?


Horses enjoy a lot of the same treats we do! What foods can you share with a horse, and how can you safely do so? This article lists several foods horses may enjoy, and some that may be toxic for equines, as well as safe and smart ways to share.


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Friday

Pony Rides for Everyone!

Pony Rides for Everyone!

A warm late-summer weekend warrants a day at the barn, with tame pony rides for all.



I'm not sure who took this photo, but I love it. Does Michelle Duggar know about this horse? It appears the equine has rhythm, even if the Duggars do not seem to.

Saturday

Trailer Loading Issues?

Trailer Loading Issues?

This vehicle appears to be operated by horsepower. However, at the same time, it may also be the ideal transportation system for a horse that refuses to climb into the dreaded dark box.

. . . Not that we are mentioning any names here . . .

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Cheering for Rachel Alexandra Today?

Rachel Alexandra and jockey Calvin Borel are the keywords of thoroughbred racing today.

CTRL-click on the poster image (above) to read about Rachel Alexandra.

Click the photo below to get the race results.

Here's the video:
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