Poll

Horsey Holiday Traditions

What holiday tradition(s) do you share with your equine family member(s)?
(Select all that apply)

A special meal on Christmas (i.e., hot bran mash, etc.)
37%
316
Hiding special treats in their stalls
10%
83
Decorating the barn
21%
181
A holiday trail ride
13%
114
Choosing a different equine charity for donations
7%
59
Participating in the local holiday parade
5%
42
Other (please specify)
8%
67

Total votes cast: 862

Comments & Write-in Answers

Bran mash w/peppermint, carrots, apples, & cinnamon!

12/20/2009 11:01:05 PM

when I was little,I would sneek out to the barn at midnight to see if the animals could talk.

12/20/2009 8:42:31 PM

Taking our horses to a local trail head to let them graze instead of riding

12/20/2009 7:50:04 PM

their own stockings on the fireplace

12/20/2009 2:18:12 PM

candy canes, carrots and apples in their stockings

12/20/2009 12:00:03 PM

Having Christmas with all the family!

12/19/2009 7:25:27 AM

I just give more treats.

12/19/2009 12:46:08 AM

Special cookies for the equines

12/18/2009 8:50:57 PM

treats to the other horses at Chritmas/birthday

12/18/2009 8:16:03 PM

new romp and roll balls

12/18/2009 6:52:41 PM

Maybe an extra flake of hay if it's cold.

12/18/2009 3:23:31 PM

Carrots with tops - it's been a while since he saw something green

12/18/2009 9:13:13 AM

Horse has stocking filled with treats

12/18/2009 8:51:30 AM

they get their own stocking with treats

12/18/2009 7:09:44 AM

In a word, CANDYCANES!

12/18/2009 12:59:51 AM

extra carrots for the boys!!!!

12/18/2009 12:57:33 AM

Oats Bran Molasses Carrots salt hot water cover & steam, serve warm & soupy; hear them slurp!

12/18/2009 12:05:03 AM

go out a midnight to hear them speak human

12/17/2009 8:26:41 PM

All eight horses get a warm bran/rolled oat/chopped apple/brown sugar mash at midnight Christmas eve

12/17/2009 5:21:35 PM

I give my horses a fruit salad made with fruits that horses love .

12/17/2009 5:19:49 PM

Peppermints and treats in a stocking

12/17/2009 4:25:11 PM

horse has own stocking with presents, usually treats

12/17/2009 2:54:01 PM

extra hay on Christmas morning

12/17/2009 2:51:52 PM

Special treats on Christmas

12/17/2009 2:15:27 PM

Just a couple carrots and a hug

12/17/2009 12:33:17 PM

quiet time late at night listening to them much on hay, thinking of the birth of Christ

12/17/2009 10:06:12 AM

with family from afar

12/17/2009 9:12:21 AM

even just hangin' out and giving them extra extra love :) and some presents!!

12/16/2009 8:29:58 PM

buying gifts of treats, halters, leadropes, new brushes, new blankets, etc.

12/16/2009 6:49:29 PM

My horse wears sleigh bells

12/16/2009 6:21:00 PM

On Christmas Eve I put sleigh bells on my horse & go out singing Carols

12/16/2009 5:47:55 PM

I make them wear silly holiday costumes. They don't seem to mind.

12/16/2009 5:43:35 PM

holiday party at the barn with our horses.

12/16/2009 5:42:04 PM

Christmas pictures with the horses in holiday costumes.

12/16/2009 4:21:03 PM

don't do anything out of the ordinary

12/16/2009 3:44:06 PM

Be at the barn at midnight, to share the magic moment.

12/16/2009 3:28:14 PM

each horse gets a stocking with goodies inside

12/16/2009 3:17:04 PM

I decorated the roundpen with tinsel garlands, but Gypsy pulled some off.She was helping-haha

12/16/2009 2:31:26 PM

extra grooming sessions, special treats, "dressing" the equines up

12/16/2009 11:40:29 AM

An extra special grooming, from head to toe!

12/16/2009 10:34:47 AM

all the critters get their favorite treats

12/16/2009 10:24:48 AM

lots of hugs abnd treats, i give treats as presents to friends too.

12/16/2009 9:38:15 AM

a bag of carrots

12/16/2009 9:26:28 AM

A stocking on his stall filled with all sorts of treats!

12/16/2009 8:54:45 AM

peppermints

12/16/2009 7:32:32 AM

Buy him a present!

12/16/2009 5:07:42 AM

My team of paints are in 6 light up night and even bring Santa in to town.

12/16/2009 12:13:08 AM

Christmas stocking hung from the stall doors are filled with treats

12/16/2009 12:08:53 AM

Gifts! New bridle & reins and a new quarter sheet

12/15/2009 11:37:23 PM

We say all the animals speak at midnight on Christmas.

12/15/2009 11:04:05 PM

Special carrots & apples salad.

12/15/2009 10:17:53 PM

special "birthday" treats on New Year's Day

12/15/2009 10:15:40 PM

just another day....

12/15/2009 10:15:16 PM

extra carrots for all

12/15/2009 9:49:48 PM

Sweet Stripes peppermints for all, sometimes in stockings!

12/15/2009 9:07:33 PM

Spending as much of the day in the barn as possible

12/15/2009 9:03:21 PM

Definitely a warm bran mash with lots of goodies (apples, carrots,etc).

12/15/2009 8:54:27 PM

I like to dress my lesson horses in Santa hats, antlers, and/or jingle bells. The kids love it!

12/15/2009 8:06:36 PM

I visit them @ the barn @ midnight Christmas nite

12/15/2009 7:45:08 PM

play with my horse

12/15/2009 7:24:51 PM

I give my 32 yr old horse plus my 17 yr old clydie a bale of lucerne hay over the xmas break

12/15/2009 7:21:42 PM

With my Family and Animals

12/15/2009 7:17:04 PM

a day off.

12/15/2009 7:08:21 PM

I buy special treats for them

12/15/2009 6:52:33 PM

Buy some special item i.e. a new bucket, halter, hgih tech saddle pad,

12/15/2009 6:41:35 PM

Bran mash with Stud Muffin Mix & apple treats in it. We decorate our coffee room & barn isle

12/15/2009 6:36:20 PM

Bring my horse to the home for elderly.Also,we put bells on the sled

12/15/2009 6:28:39 PM

Just like any other day, I clean stalls, feed, water, groom. I must be a scrooge...

12/15/2009 6:23:34 PM

They have a stocking that I fill with special treats.

12/15/2009 5:50:27 PM

evryone always gets an individual flake of alfalfa usually reserved for babies and brood mares

12/15/2009 5:47:49 PM

we make treats for them

12/15/2009 5:37:16 PM

I give them treats and God to bless for another year in my life.

12/15/2009 5:31:18 PM

The 'barn babes' get together for holiday cheer & horsey stories!

12/15/2009 5:31:06 PM

nothing special, just a soft "merry christmas, good friend"

12/15/2009 5:17:24 PM

I change the light cycle, making longer days. Amazing. Spring is coming.

12/15/2009 5:08:03 PM

stockings filled with fresh organic carrots with the greens still attached! And peppermints as well.

12/15/2009 4:36:45 PM

I bake horsey muffins for my horse to hide in her stall, feed her a warm mash and hang a wreath too.

12/15/2009 4:29:00 PM

Toys

12/15/2009 4:28:11 PM

presents on xmas day

12/15/2009 4:26:52 PM

Peppermints and Licorice for all

12/15/2009 4:02:04 PM

long peppermint sticks instead of the round mints.

12/15/2009 4:01:18 PM

just tender loving care in the cold winter,

12/15/2009 3:40:44 PM

every horse gets a stocking w/ treats !!!

12/15/2009 3:32:12 PM

Each day in the company of equines is a 'holiday'!

12/15/2009 3:29:02 PM

hanging stockings on the stall doors for santa paws to leave treats

12/15/2009 3:13:31 PM

I make up a Christmas stocking

12/15/2009 3:08:46 PM

Christmas stocking with treats on the outside of the stall. Try to do a ride that's fun for my horse

12/15/2009 3:05:43 PM

I buy carrots and apples and feed them

12/15/2009 3:03:28 PM

Barn and stall decorations and extra treats..special recipes for him. He deserves it!

12/15/2009 3:01:21 PM

Wearing our jingle bells & Santa hats

12/15/2009 2:59:41 PM

None - they are horses not people!

12/15/2009 2:53:26 PM

but them a gift like new halter

12/15/2009 2:48:09 PM

None

12/15/2009 2:43:43 PM

no different than any other day

12/15/2009 2:26:54 PM

I dress my horse up as Rudolf the Reindeer and take pics. These I use for Xmas cards.

12/15/2009 2:25:24 PM

wish them all a happy birthday on new years day!

12/15/2009 2:13:41 PM

each horse has thier own stocking (so do the barn cats)

12/15/2009 12:12:10 PM

Don't store large amounts of hay and keep it well ventilated

12/15/2009 8:06:16 AM

no fires allowed

12/15/2009 7:18:36 AM