4 things all horse owners can relate to over the festive period

  • While it’s known as the season to be jolly for the majority, equestrians are still battling foul weather and dark nights while trying to prepare for the next competitive season. However, just because you have a horse in your life doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the festivities, even if you are fitting it all in between the chaos of caring for your number one.

    Here are a few things all horse owners can relate to at Christmas time…

    1. Finances are tighter than usual

    And they’re already pretty tight if you own a horse. While ‘normal’ people might have put some cash aside throughout the year to compensate for an expectedly expensive December, equestrians already spend the majority of their hard earned money each month to pay for their animals. But fear not, over the years we’ve become increasingly resourceful. The reusing and recycling of old presents gifted last year is commonplace, and we’re not against buying someone a ticket to one of the championship biggies such as Badminton or Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) so we have a friend to go with next year.

    2. Christmas Day is chaos

    No matter how much you plan and prepare, you usually spend the big day running around at 100 miles per hour fitting in as much as you can while trying to enjoy yourself. Caring for your horse (who doesn’t have a clue what day it is), ferrying gifts and food to various locations, cooking, cleaning and trying to showcase your best self in front of the in-laws is exhausting. Even if you are lucky enough to find someone to do your horse on Christmas Day, you can’t really relax for long as your shift at the yard will be coming up, or you’re likely to be out hunting on Boxing Day. No rest for the wicked!

    3. Something usually goes wrong

    Your horse decides to lose a shoe on Christmas Eve. The power on the yard goes out mid full-body clip. Your lorry won’t start when you try to leave your local area’s Christmas show. Your feed merchant has decided to shut a day early for the festivities, unknowingly to you. You get the picture…

    4. Riding becomes an extreme sport

    We’ve all seen our lives flash before us when riding a freshly clipped horse for the first time in minus conditions. Trying to fit in a 10 minute jog in the school before we’re submerged into darkness or need to set off on the Christmas present round before the big day also requires athlete like speed, and we become the ultimate multi-taskers, successful at mucking out while online shopping from our phones for those last-minute gifts we totally forget about.

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