Horsin’ Around at Christmas: Holiday Traditions

“Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent with family and friends,” Margaret Thatcher

Our family had some Christmas traditions when I was growing up, now I have added a few new ones. Besides going to church and exchanging presents, we like to make a fresh batch of horse treats to share with our horse and his friends. I thought it might be fun to reach out and ask what horse traditions you have for Christmas; I had some interesting traditions shared:

“We go on a sleigh ride.”

“I love to ride in the snow.”

“We take our Christmas family photo in the barn with a wreath around our horse’s neck.”

“We put reindeer antlers on our horse.”

“I make a mobile with turnips, carrots, apples, oranges, polo’s etc. hanging in their stable.”

“I go on a Boxing Day Ride.” (Boxing Day is a day of fox hunting celebrated in Britain, usually on the day after Christmas. It is a public holiday and traditionally a day to open the Christmas box to share the contents with the poor. The Finns tend to go on sleigh rides.)

“I always make time Christmas morning to take them their feed, sometimes a little extra, and wish them all a very Merry Christmas.”

“I put Guinness in their feed.”

“I make a special bran mash treat with apples and carrots.”

“I leave hay, water and carrots outside his stall Christmas eve because I am from Belgium where the kids believe Santa rides a horse when he leaves his presents.”

“I make a big batch of horse treats for her and all her horse buddies.”

“I ride my white horse over to my neighbors house and pass out presents to their kids. I got this idea from the Dutch tradition honoring Sinterklaas, the Dutch St. Nicholas, who rides his white horse through town while leading a procession. It is wonderful seeing the kids get so excited when then see Stone and I riding towards them with presents.”

“I give my horse jam on toast.”

“For Christmas and Thanksgiving, ours each get a McDonald’s Apple Pie. I know, it’s terrible, even Carmen, the sheep, gets one.”

Please share your Christmas Holiday Tradition with us by hitting reply at the end of this blog. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cowgirl Logic:

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale

Merry Christmas!


Joyce Ferreiro


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