Monday 11th December, 2017
We all love decorating our homes for Christmas, but what about our stables? The yard is a pretty grey place during the winter months, and as we spend so much of our lives there it seems only fitting to bring some seasonal sparkle to your stables. Here are our do’s and don’ts to help you safely celebrate the festivities with your equine friend.
Nothing says Christmas like a bit of glitter, and thanks to the ingenious people at Equimins, your horse can enjoy it too! Add a bit of sparkle to your horse’s hindquarters with this gorgeous gold glitter gel to turn heads this weekend.
Fairy lights add a beautiful festive glow at home but if you beware if you intend to use them in your stables. Christmas lights and horses do not mix, as not only might they be curious and tempted to nibble, but they could quickly become tangled in fallen wires. Furthermore, fairy lights pose a fire risk, so hang them safely and securely well away from your stables and make sure they are switched off when you leave.
No horse should be without a stocking of his own on Christmas Eve. Hang it outside the stable door making sure to keep it out of his reach to avoid him nibbling at it. We love classic stocking fillers such as age-old favourites of polos and carrots, but why not treat your horse to a festive stable toy to beat boredom? Horses that are brought in for the night will love having a hanging mineral lick or a horse-friendly rope to while away the time spent in the stable, and there are options to suit every budget.
You may not need much persuading to pucker up with your horse, but if you are thinking of hanging mistletoe above his stable door then think again. European mistletoe, Viscum album, contains visco (sticky) toxins that can cause colic, as well as toxicity of the liver, central nervous system and kidneys.
The very best way to enjoy the season is to share it with your horse! He will sense your excitement, so why not start your Christmas day with a bracing holiday hack to blow away the cobwebs.