Popular Fall Activities
During the fall season, many barns and even horse shows get into the spirit of Halloween by hosting costume contests. There are some important things you need to consider when planning your costume with your horse.
Gotta Wear That Helmet
This is me we are talking about so I’m sure you assumed that I was going to have to mention helmet wearing!
If you have to put something on your helmet to make it match your costume, make sure that you do a test run. Just to make sure it doesn’t interfere with your helmet staying on your head or scare your horse. Or other people’s houses!
Test Run Everything
Consider how you will work with your horse on the ground in the costume. Is it long? Will your horse be prone to stepping on it? That would put a big damper on your horsey Halloween costume if he stepped on it and tore it!
Horses And Their Spooking
We all know horses spook at two things, things that move and things that don’t move. You got it, in other words, they can and will spook at any given thing at any given time.
Your horse may be spooked by the costume when he is first introduced to it but is it something he can get desensitized to? If it is, do you have enough time to get him safe and calm with it in time for the event.
If he is still skittish about it don’t risk it, there is always next year! Don’t push it. It isn’t worth you or your horse getting hurt. Not to mention taking the chance of terrifying your friend’s horses.
Painting Your Horse
I have painted many a horse for Halloween and for fun at summer camps. There are a lot of options, just make sure that you do your research. We had an incident where we needed a unicorn pony for a job.
I don’t recall what we painted her with, but whatever it was, it took weeks to come off! This isn’t a big deal if you are just painting a retired old pony into a unicorn, but if you still have shows to go to this season be careful! You don’t want to have to go to shows with a horse of a different color!
If you use common sense and horse sense I’m sure you will be just fine. Just keep in mind, horses haven’t been wearing costumes for Halloween their whole lives as we have. It just might take them a little getting used to that’s all!
Have fun and be safe!