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post #1 of 15 Old 12-25-2016, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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BEST part of having horses at Christmas!

This is my first year having my two horses at home. I wake up every day and still pinch myself for being so lucky. All my dreams have come true and then some.

So the best part of having horses at home on Christmas is not that you can't sleep in anymore, or that you have to put on your barn coat over your fancy dress, or that your relatives complain that your hair smells like manure, or that your favorite niece who used to love horses is now allergic and won't go near them. It's not that you have to go shovel manure while everyone else sits around a Christmas brunch or even that you have to haul jugs of water to the barn because your pipes froze.

The BEST part of having horses at home on Christmas is that you always have an excuse to leave the house full of relatives and the family drama, and the crazy bustle of a kitchen that is far too full, so you can escape to a quiet, peaceful barn where your horses look up with ears *****ed forward, and neigh gently as you give them a Christmas carrot or two and you linger just a little longer to soak it all in before heading back into the madness.

What's your favorite thing about having horses at Christmas?
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-25-2016, 06:23 PM
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I have used my horses as an excuse to escape more social interactions than I care to count LOL. "Oh sorry, I can't stay and listen to nieces and nephews whine for hours, the horses need me!!!" (More like I need the horses.)


I loved giving them their presents. (They both got nice leather halters with their name engraved on it.) No stress today, just relaxing, petting, giving treats, and sitting on my porch with the dogs watching them all in the pasture. This is my first christmas with all of my horses, actually. It's not special to them but it is special to me :P I hope to have many many more Christmases with all of them.
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I have used my horses as an excuse to escape more social interactions than I care to count LOL. "Oh sorry, I can't stay and listen to nieces and nephews whine for hours, the horses need me!!!" (More like I need the horses.)


I loved giving them their presents. (They both got nice leather halters with their name engraved on it.) No stress today, just relaxing, petting, giving treats, and sitting on my porch with the dogs watching them all in the pasture. This is my first christmas with all of my horses, actually. It's not special to them but it is special to me :P I hope to have many many more Christmases with all of them.
Mine didn't get presents, but my daughter and I lovingly made them horse cookies. We even stamped each one with a horse cookie stamp. It's not like they care, but boy, do they love their Xmas cookies! We made some human ones too (sugar cookies) with the horse stamp (we did wash it in between batches) and gave some to my daughter's riding coach. We also gave her some horsey ones for her horses and I'm betting she appreciated those even more!
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And yes, my horses are basically my excuse for missing social events, turning down invitations, and avoiding going away unless absolutely necessary. I guess I'm getting old, but there's no place like home. :)
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Horse at home at Christmas, or mostly anytime, means I am always working, always thinking, always enjoying life outside. I love sitting with them as they munch hay listening to the religious Christmas carols in the barn. Just me and them and the 'meaningful' music watching the birds at the feeder. The horse's even talk to me in those quiet moments.
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Horse at home at Christmas, or mostly anytime, means I am always working, always thinking, always enjoying life outside. I love sitting with them as they munch hay listening to the religious Christmas carols in the barn. Just me and them and the 'meaningful' music watching the birds at the feeder. The horse's even talk to me in those quiet moments.
"We talk of poems and prayers and promises, and things that we believe in, how sweet it is to love someone, how right it is to care." John Denver

I grew up with oddly hippy parents, listening to John Denver. When I recently discovered I can hook up my phone to a blue tooth speaker and play whatever music I want in the barn, my daughter and I recently fell in love all over again with John Denver. She particularly loves "Grandma's feather bed".
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I love listening to different genres as I clean the barn. And then sometimes I like the total quiet. My choice since the barn is my domain....Thank gawd!
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Horse at home at Christmas, or mostly anytime, means I am always working, always thinking, always enjoying life outside. I love sitting with them as they munch hay listening to the religious Christmas carols in the barn. Just me and them and the 'meaningful' music watching the birds at the feeder. The horse's even talk to me in those quiet moments.

the DO speak , on Christmas. in real voices. it's a gift from angels that happens once a year only, on Christmas day.
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In that first moment when Smalls wakes me at 515 I have just a tiny moment where I want to groan and feel sorry for myself because I have to get out of my perfectly warm cocoon but it's just a fleeting second, the blink of an eye. Then I put on my dirty sweatpants, the ones that are slightly crusted with dried mud at the bottom and I slip on my barn boots and my sweatshirt before opening the front door for Smalls and Scout. Scout begins his morning with a notice for all horses to head to the barn for feeding time. Smalls meets me at the back door as I step out into he brisk air, leaving the door cracked for Sally to slink out for her morning stroll.

The barn cats meet us halfway up the driveway as I walk drunkenly towards the barn, doing my best to avoid stepping on and tripping over my german shepherd as he weaves around my legs and bounces back and forth across my path while my collie follows faithfully beside me.

It's the good morning nickers that get to me first. That low rumble that greets me as I walk into the barn. Then it's the soft nuzzles and the warm breaths. I do catch myself sighing on occasion when I look at six dirty stalls but once I get started I actually find solace in the peaceful morning. I love listening to the soft munching of hay, the occasional slamming of a hoof into the metal gate and that obnoxious slamming of grain from one side of a feed bin to the other.

I will admit that I have been guilty on more than one occasion of falling back into the warmth of my bed after the horses have been fed, the dogs have been pooped, the cat has had her stroll and I'm smelling of manure and covered in dust....

Having horses at the house is kind of wonderful isn't it?

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Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
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And love like crazy"
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Well, I got up this morning and looked out the window to see some of them still laying down and others grazing around them. It's a good way to start the day no matter what day it is because it means all is good in their world and that makes me happy. Later on they got a couple of their favorite treats tossed in with their handful of oats and I split a square bale of hay between the 8 of them. They always have access to round bales but in their mind there's something extra special about square bales so they think it's a treat.
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