Usually around this time of year we all start thinking about the year we’ve had and the year to come.  Although it’s the start of a new year it’s an arbitrary time frame.  What is a year really?

12 months

52 weeks

365 days

8760 hours

It makes you think about how well you spent the time you’ve had.  Maybe you’ve lost loved ones, major life changes, gained new loved ones.

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So you want a horse, right?

You know it’s a lot of work.

Whether you board or keep your horse in the backyard, have you considered the holidays?

Horses don’t have concepts of “holidays.” Our arbitrary hallmark calendar days do not register in the equine world.  They still expect and need their food.  They need hay.  They need fresh water.  They need clean stalls.

So maybe you board…

Your barn manager (or stable hands) wake up at the same time as any other ordinary day.  Instead of jumping into unwrapping presents and preparing food with family the barn helpers are putting on their barn clothes to feed your horse and clean the stalls. Depending on the size of the farm, number of horses, weather, and the amount of help they might be there a while.

As with any day the horses eagerly await their morning meals.  Some whinny and grumble, others kick the walls in anticipation.  The horses will be carefully turned out in their paddocks.

The stalls still have been soiled and require mucking. On average a horse defecates 10-12 times per day, so you can imagine how this adds up.

Us horse people aren’t complaining because that’s just how life with horses is.  Horses don’t know that it’s a holiday.  Our family and friends don’t understand it…be we do.  It’s the labor of love, and it’s our responsibility in order to enjoy the creatures we love so much.


So if you DO board or you have someone else who takes care of your horse, think of those people.  When  you’re drinking your eggnog and laughing among family make sure to remember the horses and the people caring for them.

If you don’t yet have a horse, consider this often overlooked detail and decide whether this is the commitment you’re willing to make.  Can you sacrifice your holidays to do your duty as a horse owner?

and finally…If you are one of those people caring for horses today, I salute you.  Your duty calls…

…well, it nickers….

Merry Christmas Horse Family!


Today is National Day of the Horse!

Go to the barn and give your fabulous equine a big kiss and some extra love today.

Enjoy some of the photos from around the barn this week!


Blade (above left) and Happy (above left)






Spontaneous bareback hack but I left my boots at home!  Arnie the barncat joined us and he loves Blade.

I interrupt the usual Equine 101 post with a very important announcement regarding the future of The Green Horseman.

“Oh my word what is she doing now?”                                                       -Blade

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“From wild to mild” they say.

As a person who grew up being horse crazy I’ve had a lot of time to learn about events and activities involving horses.  This means my bucket list is wrought with equine adventures.

A few include:

  • Own a horse  Done!
  • Do a hunter pace  Also done!
  • Own horses in my backyard
  • Attend the swimming of the ponies from Chincoteague Pony Swim in Virginia
  • See the wild mustangs
  • Attend Equine Affaire  Done too!
  • Participate in a cattle drive
  • Overnight camping with horses
  • Horseback in the Andes Mountains
  • Swim with Horses
  • Ride on the beach
  • Attend the Extreme Mustang Makeover


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