Poll

Tis The Season

How do you, as a horse person, celebrate the holiday season?
(Check all that apply)

Donate to an equine rescue or other charity
16%
259
Give special treats to my horse(s)
42%
690
Participate in a holiday parade with my horse(s)
5%
81
Decorate the barn
19%
308
Have a holiday barn party
11%
182
Other (explain below)
8%
125

Total votes cast: 1645

Comments & Write-in Answers

tree ornaments with horses

12/22/2008 11:13:25 PM

hand warmers!

12/22/2008 8:52:31 PM

Donae, donate--they need us!!

12/22/2008 7:39:16 PM

decorate my horse and subject her to humiliating photos.. of her wearing her Holiday cheer..

12/22/2008 3:05:09 PM

apple flavored wafers

12/22/2008 11:13:21 AM

peppermints

12/22/2008 10:42:38 AM

Horsey clothes

12/22/2008 10:29:58 AM

Treats

12/22/2008 10:28:28 AM

Decorate the horses!

12/22/2008 8:44:31 AM

treats from the feed store.

12/21/2008 11:06:42 PM

personalized horse items

12/21/2008 7:20:11 PM

i invite hem over

12/21/2008 4:00:13 PM

blankets and ornaments

12/21/2008 12:50:56 PM

carrots

12/21/2008 11:50:13 AM

horse treats

12/21/2008 9:50:19 AM

horse ornaments

12/21/2008 8:57:52 AM

horse books

12/20/2008 10:19:05 PM

nothing

12/20/2008 9:38:22 PM

hay

12/20/2008 8:22:11 PM

carrots

12/20/2008 6:33:24 PM

go for a great ride!

12/20/2008 3:03:51 PM

OUr family has a birthday party for Jesus.

12/20/2008 2:51:19 PM

Start the am with bran mash, have some alfalfa, top it off with a carrot for dessert - yumm

12/20/2008 12:14:55 PM

horse statues

12/20/2008 9:53:28 AM

Horse Treats

12/19/2008 11:45:07 PM

some horse related gift

12/19/2008 9:11:13 PM

I give gift cards to our local tack shop

12/19/2008 7:40:48 PM

I dress as santa and ride the surrounding area and feel so good seeing the smiles and laughfter

12/19/2008 7:29:28 PM

take silly holiday pics and make minty bran mash

12/19/2008 7:09:56 PM

what ever they need to succeed!

12/19/2008 5:13:59 PM

treats

12/19/2008 1:09:31 PM

Gift Certificates to local Tack Shops

12/19/2008 12:16:25 PM

I give all the horses a personalized stocking to be filled w/fruit & a candy cane

12/19/2008 11:55:45 AM

Give my horses something that THEY will enjoy, like a massage!

12/19/2008 11:43:46 AM

horse books, horsey trinkets

12/19/2008 11:21:02 AM

gift certificates to Dressage Extensions

12/19/2008 11:18:04 AM

subscription to THE HORSE

12/19/2008 11:09:34 AM

Magamzine subscription or a trip to a special equine event.

12/19/2008 10:53:12 AM

gift certificates and bags of carrots

12/19/2008 7:45:50 AM

Treats!

12/19/2008 6:19:46 AM

treats to the other barn horses and animals too and of course Santa visits!

12/19/2008 3:40:57 AM

lickits

12/19/2008 12:50:54 AM

Starbucks organic blueberry oat bar - Yummy!

12/18/2008 11:30:31 PM

gift cards

12/18/2008 11:28:34 PM

Too cold for a barn party ;o(

12/18/2008 11:09:21 PM

My friends and I get together and have Christmas cookie rides over the holiday

12/18/2008 11:03:11 PM

tree ornaments horsey or western

12/18/2008 10:32:27 PM

Equine portraits that I have painted.

12/18/2008 9:09:59 PM

magazine subscriptions

12/18/2008 8:58:59 PM

horse related signs

12/18/2008 8:01:45 PM

we cut up carrots and apples to give the horses in their feed on Christmas and Thanksgiving, as well

12/18/2008 7:55:14 PM

equine ornaments

12/18/2008 5:46:52 PM

tack

12/18/2008 4:37:11 PM

Clinton Anderson Tie ring

12/18/2008 4:30:20 PM

horse cookies for their horses, books, calendars

12/18/2008 4:28:02 PM

Special treats - carrots with tops; poor guys hasn't seen anything green in a while!

12/18/2008 4:19:03 PM

Omega Nibblers

12/18/2008 3:42:36 PM

Special New Years Day Trail Ride

12/18/2008 3:36:43 PM

funky saddle pads

12/18/2008 3:29:30 PM

What holiday season?

12/18/2008 3:13:48 PM

peppermints

12/18/2008 3:11:56 PM

horse cookies and peppermints

12/18/2008 3:03:02 PM

treats for their horses

12/18/2008 3:02:39 PM

go on a horse trail extravaganza

12/18/2008 2:18:32 PM

A warm mash.

12/18/2008 2:15:48 PM

Enjoy extra time with my horses and appreciate their contribution to my life.

12/18/2008 12:51:06 PM

I decorate my horse (with bells included) and ride out to sing Christmas carols!

12/18/2008 12:41:08 PM

ornaments

12/18/2008 12:36:08 PM

home made horse cookies

12/18/2008 12:19:39 PM

homemade treats and new halter and lead

12/18/2008 12:06:35 PM

try to pull one horse per winter from the slaughter sale

12/18/2008 11:55:46 AM

pictures of them and their horses

12/18/2008 11:46:17 AM

Horse calendar

12/18/2008 10:56:56 AM

Treats. New warm blankets.

12/18/2008 9:34:36 AM

New riding gloves!!!

12/18/2008 8:35:55 AM

A day off work

12/18/2008 3:49:40 AM

being a quilter, anything that i have made with "horsie" fabric

12/18/2008 12:09:03 AM

horse mag. sub

12/17/2008 11:47:46 PM

The Painted Pony figurines

12/17/2008 10:32:37 PM

I make sure they have hay and feed for the next week or two!!!!!

12/17/2008 9:22:18 PM

Gift Cards

12/17/2008 9:21:38 PM

Horse treats.

12/17/2008 9:15:23 PM

I take my horse for a carriage drive.

12/17/2008 9:04:46 PM

carrots or any other treat

12/17/2008 9:03:58 PM

I make stockings for every horse in the barn

12/17/2008 8:40:52 PM

horse equipment

12/17/2008 7:22:03 PM

Make horse cookies for our horses and friends' horses

12/17/2008 6:47:57 PM

a photo of them and/or horse

12/17/2008 6:00:39 PM

Winnie's cookies

12/17/2008 5:42:24 PM

Carrots & Apples

12/17/2008 5:22:55 PM

warm mash with honey

12/17/2008 4:31:27 PM

nothing

12/17/2008 4:28:27 PM

Always a warm welcome to my barn-my 7 horses are the biggest blessings in my life & I share the love

12/17/2008 4:07:25 PM

someting practical that can be used for horse and rider

12/17/2008 3:34:19 PM

I bundle-up and go for a ride

12/17/2008 3:11:45 PM

Love and treats

12/17/2008 2:49:47 PM

magazine subsdriptions

12/17/2008 2:29:12 PM

Baking special treats

12/17/2008 2:24:20 PM

Every year, I take a holiday photo with my horse and all three dogs.

12/17/2008 2:16:54 PM

I spend much of Christmas Eve at Barn w/horses

12/17/2008 2:04:19 PM

bag of feed

12/17/2008 1:36:23 PM

apples

12/17/2008 1:34:53 PM

horse blanket

12/17/2008 1:15:20 PM

Horse books: health, training, stories

12/17/2008 1:05:26 PM

winter riding gloves or hats, always appreciated by cold barn people!

12/17/2008 1:00:14 PM

Host a charity ride for a local agency collecting toys for needy

12/17/2008 12:44:58 PM

lots of time and attention

12/17/2008 12:36:59 PM

A day of doing their chores!

12/17/2008 11:58:09 AM

Bags of horse treats

12/17/2008 11:55:18 AM

Brass stall plates

12/17/2008 11:50:25 AM

Xmas morning at dawn serve a hot mash laced with carrots, apples, molasses and a pint of Guinness

12/17/2008 11:31:16 AM

they all get stockings to open!All 12!

12/17/2008 11:03:24 AM

We braid jingle bells into our horses manes and tails and take a ride down the road.

12/17/2008 10:57:01 AM

adopted a rescue horse

12/17/2008 10:52:48 AM

Spend time with the horses.

12/17/2008 10:28:27 AM

Treats for their horses

12/17/2008 10:15:27 AM

Current Rolex dvd and books on eventing

12/17/2008 10:02:49 AM

horse ornament

12/17/2008 9:58:30 AM

carrots & apples

12/17/2008 9:54:20 AM

every day is Christmas, my horses are my gift

12/17/2008 9:48:59 AM

Ride my horse, give him some treats

12/17/2008 9:47:50 AM

WILL TRY TO HAVE THE SANTA HORSE DELIVER XAMS CHEER TO A NEEDEY NEIGHBOR FOR THE KIDS

12/17/2008 9:45:38 AM

horse home decor

12/17/2008 9:37:41 AM

something I make that is horsey

12/17/2008 9:26:11 AM

Anything they can use!

12/17/2008 9:22:17 AM

A 50 pound bag of carots for their horses. Costs about $14.

12/17/2008 9:16:48 AM

ornaments./ no money to donate this year interest rates have killed me

12/17/2008 9:08:09 AM

home made horsey treats

12/17/2008 9:07:00 AM

apples, carrots & Auntie Ann's horse cookies

12/17/2008 9:04:00 AM

Try to get a pleasure ride on Christmas Day, but we live in Iowa. You never know the weather.

12/17/2008 9:01:48 AM

share Christmas cards with boarders, trainer, & owners

12/17/2008 9:00:00 AM

nothing this year, just trying to have enough money for the basics- hay, grain, shavings, wormer

12/17/2008 8:44:47 AM

Having kids early, so we are going riding while the turkey cooks

12/17/2008 8:32:58 AM

I don't

12/17/2008 8:19:01 AM

Wool Socks!

12/17/2008 8:15:18 AM

warm socks

12/17/2008 8:14:26 AM

Include several horse-related items on my wish list

12/17/2008 8:09:22 AM

apples

12/17/2008 7:16:31 AM

Nothing

12/17/2008 6:50:27 AM

Just enjoy having time off work and lots of riding.

12/17/2008 4:14:05 AM

I do it for BO and riding groom. Phone holders. Photo mugs of the horses. Wine w/horse label... etc

12/17/2008 3:07:27 AM

because i have miniture horses i am going to bring them home for christmas

12/17/2008 2:29:12 AM

Everyone at our stable goes Christmas Caroling while riding our horses at a nearby subdivision.

12/17/2008 2:03:35 AM

Hoesey candles from my candle business "BarnBurners Candles".!!!

12/17/2008 1:44:46 AM

Holidays are just another day to me. I don't change a thing.

12/17/2008 12:46:55 AM

make a carrot cake for horse and get him blueberry treats he will do anything for one

12/17/2008 12:44:31 AM

Just a normal day, maybe a extra apple and couple of mints for my horse

12/17/2008 12:07:08 AM

Home made horse cookies

12/16/2008 11:58:00 PM

Homemade people cookies & horse treats

12/16/2008 11:43:39 PM

New Halter&leadline,Jollyball & peppermints

12/16/2008 11:21:07 PM

they also get a little extra hay & additional attention

12/16/2008 11:20:02 PM

I love to give horse orna.ments to my friends

12/16/2008 11:13:01 PM

books about their interested discipline

12/16/2008 11:10:27 PM

I give my riding students gifts such as brushes, keychains, etc. :)

12/16/2008 10:58:12 PM

warm gloves and wool socks

12/16/2008 10:32:51 PM

Horse christmas ornaments

12/16/2008 10:19:48 PM

calender with horses

12/16/2008 10:01:34 PM

Homemade teeats for the horses and homemade treats for my two legged friends.

12/16/2008 9:57:29 PM

gift certificate

12/16/2008 9:54:35 PM

Donation to a local rescue in their name.

12/16/2008 9:31:57 PM

None of the above

12/16/2008 9:26:46 PM

hay

12/16/2008 9:25:06 PM

hand care gift baskets

12/16/2008 9:22:19 PM

pictures of them and their horses

12/16/2008 9:18:02 PM

drive horses in sleigh

12/16/2008 9:11:25 PM

Winter riding gloves

12/16/2008 8:57:08 PM

spend extra time with my Horses!

12/16/2008 8:56:18 PM

cinnamon doughnuts

12/16/2008 8:49:43 PM

hang christmas stocking along by ours

12/16/2008 8:30:20 PM

Horse ornaments

12/16/2008 8:23:12 PM

chocolates

12/16/2008 8:22:06 PM

riding apparal

12/16/2008 8:21:14 PM

horse related anything

12/16/2008 8:14:10 PM

We have a girls night out and exchange gifts.

12/16/2008 8:12:34 PM

take a one horse open sleigh ride

12/16/2008 7:52:37 PM

memorial luminarias for lost beloved horses across the Bridge

12/16/2008 7:45:01 PM

Nothing special...my horses don't know it's Christmas! Duh!

12/16/2008 7:42:16 PM

and i make specail horse treats for all the horses at my barn

12/16/2008 7:40:43 PM

shredded carrots in warm beet pulp, lots of kisses

12/16/2008 7:38:26 PM

Ride them & let them know they are very special

12/16/2008 7:37:48 PM

horsey clothing or tack

12/16/2008 7:37:17 PM

horse socks

12/16/2008 7:36:42 PM

Candy!

12/16/2008 7:26:35 PM

horsey things!

12/16/2008 7:25:41 PM

something warm

12/16/2008 7:07:47 PM

i don't hold a barn party, but i go to the christmas parties my barn holds :)

12/16/2008 7:05:34 PM

attend Cowgirl Luncheon this Sat.

12/16/2008 7:03:22 PM

Take a special trail ride and visit the barn at midnight Christmas Eve to talk to the Boys.

12/16/2008 7:01:14 PM

I make "horse cookies" for them

12/16/2008 6:59:56 PM

Death Valley endurance Ride!! :)

12/16/2008 6:57:54 PM

Equine rescue facilities really need help more than ever in these down economic times

12/16/2008 6:54:42 PM

spend extra time with the horses

12/16/2008 6:48:59 PM

Warm bran mash w/peppermints crushed into it!

12/16/2008 6:42:03 PM

I usually give everyone a flake of alfalfa hay

12/16/2008 6:41:38 PM

buy horse stuff for me or horse

12/16/2008 6:35:02 PM

gift certificates for horse products

12/16/2008 6:32:27 PM

I go to church!!

12/16/2008 6:26:04 PM

horse related gifts

12/16/2008 6:21:47 PM

Our horse will wear bells

12/16/2008 6:14:17 PM

Deliver cookies on horseback to the neighbors.

12/16/2008 6:06:39 PM

time in the saddle together on trail rides

12/16/2008 6:05:48 PM

CARROTS for their horses

12/16/2008 6:03:42 PM

special attention and brushing, along with carrots

12/16/2008 6:02:15 PM

Call me a scrooge, but it's just another day at the barn. If I remember, I'll bring carrots...

12/16/2008 5:53:12 PM

If it's not too cold, I go for a ride a little before sunset on Christmas Eve.

12/16/2008 5:51:35 PM

treats/toys for their horses, books to educate/train with

12/16/2008 5:51:01 PM

homemade treats

12/16/2008 5:46:46 PM

Decorate my stall door

12/16/2008 5:30:59 PM

Books

12/16/2008 5:23:33 PM

I give my horses wrapped presents and stockings as well as decorating their stalls.

12/16/2008 5:21:07 PM

The book, "The Soul of a Horse"

12/16/2008 5:18:52 PM

Camp and ride with close friends at a locak State Park!

12/16/2008 5:15:01 PM

Exchange "horsey" gifts with friends that ride!

12/16/2008 5:14:21 PM

We ride and go and visit our neighbors

12/16/2008 5:13:56 PM

Give treats to all horses at our barn, with owners permission of course

12/16/2008 5:10:34 PM

dress up the pony as Santa for lead-line class for the December shows

12/16/2008 5:06:40 PM

Nothing too big... human celebration mostly. Maybe a warm bran mash & apples.

12/16/2008 5:02:00 PM

Special treats, and a special peppermint bran mash. Plus treats for the other horses in the barn.

12/16/2008 5:01:57 PM

I decorate old horseshoes to hang on the barn or stall doors.

12/16/2008 5:01:52 PM

The Horse magazine

12/16/2008 4:59:53 PM

stud muffins

12/16/2008 4:53:29 PM

I always go for a ride with my non-horse person husband.

12/16/2008 4:41:56 PM

Books - signed by author if horse-related

12/16/2008 4:38:58 PM

gift certificates to the local tack shop

12/16/2008 4:36:58 PM

I give my own artwork to friends

12/16/2008 4:36:21 PM

Home made horse treats

12/16/2008 4:35:49 PM

gift certificates, home made things, pictures

12/16/2008 4:19:07 PM

massage

12/16/2008 4:16:23 PM

Go for a ride in the snow on my horse, of course!

12/16/2008 4:14:57 PM

On Christmas Eve I make my horse a special bran mash with chopped up carrots and apples. I spend tim

12/16/2008 4:14:29 PM

warm riding gear

12/16/2008 4:11:31 PM

I spend Christmas morning with my horses, giving them fruit and horse cookies.

12/16/2008 4:11:26 PM

monogrammed pads

12/16/2008 4:10:55 PM

work with rescue horses at the Los Angeles County Animal Shelter

12/16/2008 4:10:50 PM

Carrots with the green tops still attached

12/16/2008 4:07:33 PM

spend christmas with famliy

12/16/2008 4:05:35 PM

New halters or picture frame for their horse's pictures and such.

12/16/2008 4:04:07 PM

Always give thanks for being blessed and having healthy horses. Go to a sorting or trail ride, too.

12/16/2008 4:02:36 PM

Every year I take a photo with my horse in her Santa hat.

12/16/2008 4:02:36 PM

if not the parade then nothing. They may get a little extra treat

12/16/2008 4:02:21 PM

My community has a Horsemans's Dinner open to all.

12/16/2008 4:01:50 PM

new blanket, halters, treats

12/16/2008 4:00:29 PM

Apples

12/16/2008 3:59:43 PM

any equine-theme apparel, jewelry, etc.

12/16/2008 3:58:51 PM

Warm things to make winter riding more pleasurable

12/16/2008 3:55:59 PM

Santa leaves a stocking for my horse.

12/16/2008 3:52:23 PM

carrots for their horses

12/16/2008 3:51:20 PM

Warm bran mash with apples & carrots chopped up in the mix

12/16/2008 3:50:31 PM

I get time off work, so I ride!!!

12/16/2008 3:50:09 PM

Christmas Open Barn Day to show off our versatile Morgan Horses

12/16/2008 3:46:49 PM

Go for a Christmas ride with my daughter and our horses

12/16/2008 3:45:02 PM

DESIGNER HOOF PICKS

12/16/2008 3:40:58 PM

Barn themed apparel

12/16/2008 3:39:27 PM

We spend the holiday with them on a trail ride, Christmas and Thanksgiving Days

12/16/2008 3:37:05 PM

Get together with friends and have a good trail ride,then have a good campfire meal

12/16/2008 3:29:54 PM

Horse ornaments

12/16/2008 3:28:05 PM

deworm with ivermectin and start on the taxes. Ho ho ho!

12/16/2008 3:23:53 PM

Eat a great dinner and trail ride with friends!

12/16/2008 3:23:25 PM

My trail club gets together for a catered event

12/16/2008 3:22:54 PM

Treats for their horses!

12/16/2008 3:21:48 PM

Nothing

12/16/2008 3:21:37 PM

mine love peppermint treats!

12/16/2008 3:21:33 PM

Treats for their horses!

12/16/2008 3:21:10 PM

equiscentials horse care products

12/16/2008 3:19:21 PM

Don't celebrate

12/16/2008 3:18:02 PM

baby carrots

12/16/2008 3:12:12 PM

No holiday treats. Bah, hum bug!

12/16/2008 3:11:08 PM

give (and request) horse-related gifts!

12/16/2008 3:09:32 PM

Pictures of their horses playing in the snow.

12/16/2008 3:06:49 PM

Haul water, keep it ice free and hunker down

12/16/2008 3:04:35 PM

Since I'm at a boarding barn, I give every horse treats, also a little something, such as hoof picks

12/16/2008 3:04:34 PM

wool saddle blankets

12/16/2008 3:04:29 PM

Christmas eve I go to my barn this is when you can hear your horses talk....

12/16/2008 3:00:03 PM

cookies, bananas, and apples

12/16/2008 2:59:12 PM

Anything horse related

12/16/2008 2:57:53 PM

Extra Love, Hugs, and Attention!!!!!

12/16/2008 2:56:30 PM

Celebrate the birth of Christ!

12/16/2008 2:52:14 PM

I dontate to the ASPCA and PETA

12/16/2008 2:50:44 PM

decorate farm with horse light sculptures

12/16/2008 2:49:52 PM

My feed room is a stand alone. I put lights on it- only

12/16/2008 2:47:46 PM

an extra brushing, or just extra attention

12/16/2008 2:46:18 PM

Horsey treats!

12/16/2008 2:42:35 PM

Donate items to a local family in need

12/16/2008 2:35:36 PM

put extra bedding in on Christmas eve

12/16/2008 2:34:08 PM

Pay registration fees for last year's new foals!

12/16/2008 2:25:13 PM

Give gifts to my horse and my barn.

12/16/2008 2:14:45 PM

We spend time with our horses, and take them out for a nice walk and trot, and give them some apple.

12/16/2008 2:13:27 PM

Bake carrot muffins

12/16/2008 1:57:57 PM

Always go for a ride alone with my mare to reflect on the year

12/16/2008 12:48:36 PM

Give to human charities.

12/16/2008 11:55:26 AM

save a horse from slaughter in their name

12/16/2008 11:53:37 AM

anything their horse may need to be happier

12/16/2008 11:46:47 AM

Nothing

12/16/2008 10:43:26 AM

I give my two a warm bran mash and everyone gets carrots

12/16/2008 10:24:44 AM

out of print or rare horse books

12/16/2008 10:05:27 AM

Nothing

12/16/2008 10:01:25 AM

go for a midnite snowy trail ride

12/16/2008 9:48:25 AM

gift certificates to fleet farm

12/16/2008 9:42:04 AM