Hey, it hasn’t been a month yet. I forgot I shot this 21 second video wishing you a Merry Christmas and I don’t want it to go to waste. Mikki found some horse reindeer ears on sale. Turns out the lights work on only one of them but they’re still cute. Our poor horses put up with the brief humiliation. The “ears” affix to their halters. No horses were harmed in the making of this video. We hope you had a great Christmas and that 2010 will be an awesome year for you and the horses you love.
A belated Merry Christmas to all (and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, we hope you had a great day, too). We’ve been busy this Christmas season and I have to admit we didn’t hang stockings for our horses or do anything really special for them this year besides feeding them peppermint horse snacks Christmas day. We did give (and receive) various horse/western gifts. How about you? Did you do anything special for your horses this year? Any interesting horse gifts?
A funny thing happened this Christmas. Most of the presents Mikki and I bought each other related to horses. This is our first Christmas with horses and I must say, buying presents this year was pretty easy. I asked for tack and Mikki always loves horse stuff so I knew that was a safe bet. And of course I bought my horse, Moonshine, something, too.
Valentine didn’t get anything and that’s my fault, really. When I was out buying a gift for Mikki, I saw the stall toy for my horse Moonshine. I was only thinking about her. Sorry, Valentine! He doesn’t seem to notice he got slighted.
We can all sit around and talk about all the research you should do before buying a horse, but you and I know that’s not how it usually happens. Somebody wants a horse desperately and you see an ad in the paper and whammo, you’re shoveling horse poo 24 hours later. Sure, fancy horse people (nothing against them, mind you) buy horses like wine aficionados buy wine, but the rest of us buy on looks. “Oh, look at that pretty horse, honey!” So here’s a top-ten list of reasons to justify going out and buying that pretty horse you’ve been dreaming about…this weekend:
If you’re a married woman, your husband owes you big for something. Now’s your turn to cash in! If need be, remind him of how sad it made you when he bought that laser-guided compound miter saw he failed to mention. It’s all about communication, after all.
Housing prices are going up and everything is getting more expensive with inflation, so horse prices must be going up too! Buy now before prices go up!
As Willie Nelson pointed out, thousands of unwanted horses are being slaughtered every year. You need to rescue one right away.
Similar to reason 1, your husband has been itching to build something. It’s probably just an excuse to buy more tools, but give him reason to buy into this whole horse thing. You’ll need a barn and a fence and a run-in shed…
It’s a great excuse to buy a one-ton dually 4×4. You’ll need it to pull a horse trailer.
It’s good for the kids. Horses help teach kids about responsibility and hard work. You do want what’s good for the kids, don’t you?
You’re not getting any younger and the older you get, the more it hurts when you fall off a horse.
All the cool kids have horses. Actually that’s not true. All the rich kids and the not-so-rich kids who are now poor kids because they bought a horse, have them. But owning a horse does raise your “cool” score a few points.
Your healthcare savings account (HSA) expires December 31st. Use it or lose it!
It’s Christmas! A horse would definitely qualify as that “one big present”.
Disclaimer: ourfirsthorse.com takes no responsibility for your impulse horse purchasing decision. 🙂
It still hasn’t really sunk in, but we are grandparents – even though the little guy is two years old now. His daddy was a car fanatic when he was a kid, but suddenly he has become horse crazy. They have neighbors who have horses, and he and Jordan spend a lot of time there. Apparently, Jordan loves horses even more than his daddy! I’m really happy about this, and can’t wait to have them all come visit and see our horses (they still live in Arizona). In the meantime, though, it sure made Christmas shopping for Jordan easy this year!
Jordan got cowboy boots for his birthday this year, so I thought, all he needs is a hat! Unfortunately, as I’ve probably mentioned, we live in the middle of nowhere. So I had to put my trust in Google. There are a lot of kids’ hats out there, but not so many for toddlers. After what seemed like hours of searching, I hit the baby cowboy motherlode. It’s a little site called Small in the Saddle. Not only did I find a hat, I found a NICE hat. It came in the mail today, and it is nicer than I could have hoped. Hopefully it will fit him for a while:
They have more than hats, though. They have clothes and toys and accessories and all kinds of stuff! I had to really control myself because after all, Jordan’s mom & dad might want a gift too. But I did find a nice tactile book:
We’re animal people. We snuggle with our dogs at night and hug our horses when they come in at night. Every Christmas it’s always been a tradition of ours to have a Christmas stocking for each of our dogs. Inside we…I mean Santa…puts doggie treats, maybe a new collar, etc. This is our first Christmas with our horses and I’m wondering what to do for Valentine and Moonshine. Maybe we should buy two of those giant stockings and fill them with horse goodies. We could stuff them with Stud Muffins, peppermint treats, new grooming combs, his and her horse Santa hats and Tractor Supply gift cards!
We went to a small town Christmas event tonight and one of the prominent attractions was horse-drawn carriage rides, as well as hayrides. We paid $6, stood in line and boarded a small, white one-horse carriage for a ride down Main Street. It was awesome. Clack, clack, clack as we rode past merrymakers, Christmas displays and antique stores with awnings covered with fake snow. Ah, Christmas. Despite a temperature of around 75 here today, it really felt like Christmas after dark in this little town.
Oh, and the carriage. How cool would that be? We recently saw one advertised in the local classifieds for $1,000. I wonder how much use we’d get out of it. We could be in the Christmas parade and load up for an old-fashioned ride over to a friends house nearby (also horse lovers). And this way we could all go, even though there are 3 of us and only two horses. We’d have to get a one-horse carriage though. Valentine is so much bigger than Moonshine, they’d surely be out of sync. Oh well, it’s an idea we’ll toss around until some money comes our way.
A fun little side note – there is a carriage maker at Dollywood that really make real horse carriages the old fashioned way – by hand.
But why wait? Bill found a really great site and he made the mistake of sending me the link. It’s called Cafe Press and they have a really neat concept. You find a design you like (they have over 23,500 designs for “horse lovers!”) and put it on a choice of items, such as T-shirts, hoodies, coffee cups, tote bags, calendars, journals, clocks, ornaments – dozens of choices that vary with the design you choose. Their prices are reasonable and the designs are just great. Some are beautiful, some are funky, some are witty. I like the witty ones myself, such as “I do my own stunts” with a cartoon silhouette of a rider thrown from his horse (see below). These were also my favorites, although I certainly haven’t viewed all 23,500 – yet:
“All I Need to Know In Life I Learned from My Horse” (you have to read that one)
“If this shirt is clean I haven’t been to the barn yet”
“Horses are only afraid of two things – things that move, and things that don’t.”
“Thank you for flying Air Amateur…” (you have to read that one too!)
“I’m being raised in a barn” (for kids, of course – or not)
And my personal favorite (click for products with this image):
Good advice, there!
And here is Bill’s favorite (click for products with this image):
Bill: “I have been there! It’s funny because it’s true. I’ll write about my stunt incident sometime soon.”