Winter Horse Bucket List

Do you have plans for your horse this winter? Are there special activities that you’re looking forward to participating in? While the amount of riding we do may slow off during the winter, there are still plenty of things to do in the company of our horses! Here’s a wintertime bucket list that you and your horse can tackle.

Ride in the Snow

If you live in a climate which gets snow, then head out for a ride after the winter’s first snowfall! As long as there’s no ice beneath the snow, you can ride safely, but be sure to keep rides short to avoid overexerting your horse.

Host a Barn Christmas Party

December will be the perfect time to host a barn Christmas party, and now is the time to start planning! Invite all of your barn friends and boarders, and ask everyone to bring a dish for a potluck meal. You can combine your Christmas party with ahorse stall decorating contest. Consider holding a gift exchange or Yankee swap during the party.

Be sure to spend some time decorating your barn for the holidays safely – keep decorations away from light fixtures and out of the reach of horses, dogs, and cats. Have your camera handy on the day of the party to capture some great pictures!

Read a New Riding Book or Watch a DVD

When the weather is just too harsh to ride in, you can continue to learn about riding and improve your skills from the comfort of your couch. Pick up a new riding or training book or DVD, take notes, and put what you’ve learned to work the next time you get to ride your horse!

Have a Wintertime Photo Shoot

Get together with your horse friends and schedule a wintertime photo shoot. You can have all sorts of fun by decorating your horse with a garland or by wearing a Santa hat for the photos! And if you need a photo for your Christmas cards, you might end up with a shot that’s just perfect.

Go for a Sleigh Ride

Try to find someone local who offers sleigh rides. A sleigh ride can make for a fun adventure, especially if you’ve never gone on one before.

Work on Groundwork

If you’re not able to ride during the winter, then make a point of working on groundwork with your horse. A good groundwork basis can build your relationship with your horse, and the respect that your horse gains through groundwork can later transfer to the saddle.

What activities are on your winter horse bucket list this year?

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