Ho Ho Ho... What is your horse asking Santa for this year?
Santa’s sleigh is making a stop at the barn! Every horse has a wish list. From something tasty to eat to a stall toy, their list isn’t all that different from a child! Of course, what your horse really wants is a safe and happy home. Basics like quality hay, shelter, farrier care, and companionship are their top priorities. If you want to give them something a little extra special though, I’m sure these ideas will be well received!
A Horse’s Wish List
1. A yummy treat.
It could be something right out of your refrigerator like some carrots or an apple. There’s also plenty of tasty options at your local tack store. And if you’re handy in the kitchen, you can bake them up a DIY cookie or snack. Your horse will be mighty happy to gobble it down!
2. No mud in their paddock.
This one will take a bit more effort, but what a great gift! No horse wants to stand in inches of deep mud. Plus, scratches (also known as mud fever) is a painful condition that they can get from excess mud and moisture on their legs. Your fields will look so much better too!
Consider a product like Mud Management by RAMM. Their high-density polyethylene panels confide gravel footing. They can even be installed over the existing muddy ground!
3. An entertaining toy.
Much like children, many horses enjoy a toy. There are plenty to choose from that are specifically designed for horses. Some examples include jolly balls, which are crafted from rubber with a handle, balls that can be stuffed with carrots or hay, and toys that can be hung and licked. The Likit Tongue Twister is sure to keep a horse entertained in their stall.
4. Some high-quality hay.
Good hay should be a part of every horse’s diet. With cold weather approaching, consider increasing the amount they receive. You’ll have a happy and warm friend on your hands. High-quality hay is like candy to your horse, yet nutritious.
5. A few days off.
Yes, like us, they need a break every once in a while. You don’t have to hang up the saddle though! If you normally work in the arena, consider a trail ride around your property. You could also work on ground manners or spend quality time hand grazing.
6. A grooming session.
Many horses would definitely put a long grooming session on their list to Santa. There’s nothing better than a good scratchin’ with a rubber curry. They’ll be looking and feeling amazing afterwards. Think about the quality time you’ll spent together too!
7. Massage, please!
Equine massage therapy can really benefit your horse. Your horse will experience increased circulation, tension relief, enhanced muscle tone, and better range of motion. Not only will it feel amazing to them, but you’ll have a better athlete under saddle too.
8. A scratching post.
This one will be a real hit! There’s the Equine Scratcher that can be hung in a stall or wrapped around a post. It’s great for shedding their winter coat in the spring, itching an insect bite, or even boredom. You can also make your own by attaching a long broom handle to a tree or wood post. These help to avoid costly fence repairs, as well!
9. More turnout time.
Most horses enjoy being outside more than anything. It’s also great for their digestion and joints. The fresh air, sunlight, and exercise puts them in a good mood. Ideally, 24/7 turnout is on their wish list, but do what you can.
The best gift of all- you! Every horse wants and deserves a person who will love and properly care for them. This is a person that puts their horse’s well-being over everything else. Give your horse some extra love this holiday season.
There are some fun and unique things you can buy your horse this Christmas, but you can also just groom and hang out with them! Luckily, most horses are pretty simple and just want basic things.
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