21 simple pleasures all horse owners can relate to

  • Owning a horse can be stressful at times, and the busy life of an equestrian can sap much of your mental and physical energy on a daily basis. So it’s important to just sit back, take a deep breath and appreciate the little things in your manic horsey life that give you a lift from time to time.

    Here are a few simple pleasures horse owners and riders will have experienced at some point. What would you add to this list?

    1. Opening a brand new rug

    2. Early summer mornings before the horse flies come out

    3. The smell of hoof oil

    4. A pile of full haynets

    5. A fresh bed of shavings

    6. When the lorry starts first time

    7. Watching horses grooming each other in the field

    8. Your horse’s whinny when he greets you 

    9. Perfect plaits or quarter marks

    10. The shine of a freshly cleaned bridle

    11. When the Swallow who nests in your horse’s stable hatches chicks

    12. Looking back through old competition photos and videos

    13. A fresh set of shiny (horse) shoes

    14. A swept, empty yard

    15. The sound of horses peacefully chomping on their hay (not a door kick to be heard!)

    16. That first morning cup of tea when you’ve finished the yard 

    17. The smell of a new bag of chaff

    18. A horse taking a polo out of your hand

    19. Burying your head into your horse’s neck 

    20. That rewarding feeling after you’ve given your filthy horse a bath

    21. When your trainer says you did something (you’ve been trying to nail for ages) well

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