Welcome the new season by displaying some horse-friendly fall decor.

Fall is here! Some of you may have noticed it gets dark sooner and leaves have become to change colors. If you’ve done any shopping recently, then you have probably seen mums, Halloween candy and costumes, pumpkins, and other fall decor. It can really get you in the mood to decorate. In addition to your house, your barn is waiting for some festive decor.

Consider adding some of these fun things to your barnyard!

Straw, pumpkins, and gourds… Oh my!

It’s harvest time! Straw bales, pumpkins, wheat sheaves, and dried corn stalks look great near your driveway and main entrance. You can create a festive scene with a scarecrow or painted pumpkins to really do up your space. Every barn should have a spare bale of hay or straw laying around!

If you have a jumping course, then consider adding some pumpkins or colorful gourds to your arena. You can even create a jump out of hay bales! Jump standards and poles can be wrapped in a garland made from fall leaves.

Create a warm glow.

String lights aren’t just for Christmas! You can hang amber glass lights in the rafters or out of your horse’s reach. They’ll give off a warm, cozy light. Another favorite of many are fake, battery-powered candles. They come in all different designs. Why not put a few lanterns by your entrance. Real candles are a fire hazard in the barn, so save those for the house!

‘Tis the season for crafts!

The cooler weather has everyone making homemade crafts. With the holidays quickly approaching, you can easily find craft shows to attend. Don’t forget about Etsy if you prefer online shopping.

It’s time to add a personalized touch to your barn! A fall-inspired wreath would look great on a tack or feed room door. Little decor pieces like horseshoe art or wood designs work well in lounge spaces or offices. You can find welcome mats, wood candy corn blocks, and ‘blessed’ signs to name a few.

If you’re crafty, you can decorate your horse’s stall with burlap, custom signs, and felt garland. The options are endless for the creative individual.

Some of my personal favorites:

A word on decorating your barn… Decorations should be kept out of your horse’s reach. A curious horse will gladly nibble or destroy what it can grab. You also shouldn’t block entrances, as that could be a safety hazard. And lastly, make sure to unplug lighting when you leave for the day or night.

Now, let’s have some fun!

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Emily Fought

Emily Fought discovered her passion for horses early on in life. When she isn't writing about them, you can find her in the barn riding. Although Emily's background is in dressage, she enjoys cross-training and is an avid trail rider. She resides in Northeastern Ohio with her husband and small dog. Together, they own and operate Humblewood Farm. Emily not only writes for YourHorseFarm.com but CowgirlMagazine.com as well!