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Your horse has ZERO notion of Christmas, anything you want to do is simply for your benefit, and seriously it matters not one little bit what anyone else thinks, just do what ever is going to make your Christmas rock.
I know, I was just curious what others do.

First Christmas in my 34 year life with a horse, so it will be different and special
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I used to ride every Christmas morning, not sure if I will do that this year. Other than that I don't do anything special for my horses. Back when I used to board, the BO would make wreaths for all the horses and boarders. They would be made out of hay, carrots, apples and peppermints. She would hang them on all the stalls Christmas morning. I really liked it and thought it was super thoughtful. The horses loved it too!
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I used to ride every Christmas morning, not sure if I will do that this year. Other than that I don't do anything special for my horses. Back when I used to board, the BO would make wreaths for all the horses and boarders. They would be made out of hay, carrots, apples and peppermints. She would hang them on all the stalls Christmas morning. I really liked it and thought it was super thoughtful. The horses loved it too!
Oh I love that idea, sounds like some work to make wreaths out of the hay though. Not like I have free access to the hay at the barn anyways.
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Jenkat,

I want to make this Christmas special because Im usually not overly crazy about Christmas because outside of parents, I dont have anyone to spend it with.

On Xmas eve, I usually work half a day (and thats only cause xmas day and NYE day are the two days of the year, we can get full days pay for 1/2 days work). Obviously I would rather have these days off, but its worth sucking up working 4 hours on these days to get an extra day of wages. Pretty hard to turn down.

So on Christmas eve, I usually just stay at home by myself and dont do much really. Yes, pretty boring.

On Xmas day I dont do much, stay in all day and I go to my moms for xmas dinner but I go in the late afternoon and leave before my external family arrive. I dont like any of my ext family (have never gotten along with them) and would rather be alone than be around them. Last Christmas I spent most of Christmas night in my car - ya not very enjoyable. I just drove around the city and ate the rest of my dinner in my car lol. I really didnt want to be home that night, I wanted to be out and about.

This year, Im not sure what im going to do but I will forsure see my mare on Xmas eve and Xmas day and boxing day as well since Im off 9 days for Xmas. I will probably see her on Xmas eve night and Xmas day night. So yes this Christmas will be different for me.

At christmas time I will literally lose my mind if I stay inside, it drives me nuts. I will forsure be reading a lot on my time off.

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I like to make a Christmas lunch for mine. a 'thank you' for packing my crooked old tukus around.

As for blanketing in the summer....WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?
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I like to make a Christmas lunch for mine. a 'thank you' for packing my crooked old tukus around.

As for blanketing in the summer....WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?
Blanketing only when its pouring rain. At least half of the boarders at the old barn always did it.
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I just got home, went to see her tonight and was glad I did. I did the steps that Golden suggested when checking if she was warm and she was. She wasnt wet at all, even though on her ears and under her mane, she was dry but the fur was a bit cold to the touch. Im guessing that is normal? Her front armpits were the warmest spot of all of them.

Maybe its just me, but I find with her winter coat I very rarely have to use my curry comb on her. Usually any dirt on her just comes right off with a brush. Anyone else find the same thing? A soft brush seems like its more than enough to do the job for the winter.

I was contemplating if I was going to continue on from Sunday in getting her to pick up her feet and hold up for 3 secs then praise and reward. I decided not to and instead just go ahead and pick her feet and see how it goes (since its been a good week and a bit since ive picked them). Except I decided I was going to use treats to reward her.

I first put her up against the barn wall and started with her front foot (I always do) and then onto her back foot. She was really good on both! I was amazed! Her front foot, as soon as I bent over and was about to tap her leg, (I didnt even tap it) her foot went up so nicely! I literally bent over, was about to reach over to tap and her hoof was already up and held up in the air for me. This was literally the best Ive seen from her!

There was no way any horse could have done it better in terms of timing and how they pick their foot up. After she picked up both feet and I grabbed it, I said "good girl!" cause even though i wasnt able to treat her and physically praise her right away, I felt that over the top verbal praise would at least have her make the connection when she hears good girl, that shes being rewarded verbally! I picked her feet (she was good, didnt lean on me) and as soon as I put each one down, I gave her rubs and scratches and gave her a treat.

After those were done, I decided I would try doing her other two feet without her on the wall. What do you know she picked up both feet without taking a step away from me! Her front foot, she immediately started pawing when I bent over for it, so I just grabbed it and held onto it. Cleaned, rinse and repeat from the 1st side. She was leaning a bit on this one foot, so I kept holding it for a few more secs until she stopped leaning on it and then I put it down and praised her. Did I do this right? (Remember Im still workin on excersize #1, the second one will be later on when I have #1 down pat and cleared.)

Her back foot, same thing, she did the same as the other back foot. Quick tap and up it went. I was really impressed with her! She very much deserved the treats I gave her for all 4 feet tonight! I was so proud of her and her effort tonight. I gave her lots and lots of over the top praise. Very good mare tonight.

I wish I had this recorded, it would have been something to watch again.

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I like to make a Christmas lunch for mine. a 'thank you' for packing my crooked old tukus around.

As for blanketing in the summer....WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?
Summer in Cairns Australia is very different... We can have 5 days of continual rain and a cyclone or 5 days of extreme heat and humidity with bugs being the worst at this time of the year...
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I hear you. Momma Nature can be extreme. We had rain every day in the month of June, which in turn, has made this year hay crap. And sweet Jesus the bugs and ticks are outta control. And the wet had me battling thrush. Ugh.

We have had nights with temps in the low 20's and highs like today's close to 60. Horses seem kinda lethargic in the winter woollies.

I guess I would not want the worry and hassle of blanketing over rain in the summer.
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Hoofpic, currying the winter coat is important to stimulate skin and to remove dirt hiding under the winter coat.
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