Holiday Hoopla

We had a tiny little ice storm today where I live but apparently I missed the memo that it was “coming in to the office is optional” day. I’m a little bitter… so I am blogging! I realize it’s already a couple weeks into January but I have a few more holiday antics to catalog on here for posterity before I jump into 2018.

For the past several years, I have annoyed delighted my dressage trainers by dressing up like a fool for my last lesson before Christmas. I always do something a little different and since it all started with wearing a goofy hat over my riding helmet- I have continued that tradition with a new hat every year. I used to only dress myself up for lessons because I was never riding my own horse. Harley and I have been together for almost two years now so he also participates and last year we started assembling recruits to join in the fun as well!

 

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Harley says you can always make your own Santa beard!

 

I knew I was going to have the big holiday ride the night before I left to go home to the Northland for Christmas, but to keep up the tradition, I also had a holiday themed dressage lesson. My barn does a voluntary Secret Santa which is a lot of fun and a couple of my barn mates had been pulling some lighthearted holiday pranks “jingle jokes” along with leaving their gifts. My friend sneakily filled our trainer’s treat pouch with jingle bells instead of sugar cubes! She only found out when she started trotting and jingling during her lesson with her trainer!!! Priceless.

Trainer thought she was being so clever when she took those jingle bells and zip-tied them to MY saddle but I just rolled with it and we jingled festively through our whole lesson.

 

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Sorry Trainer, jingle joke’s still on you!

 

This year for the main holiday ride, I made my own hat and Harley got to be a little more involved in dressing up as well. We ended up with a pretty good-sized group with riders aged 12-45 and horses aged 3-20. I went with a frosty the snowman theme and got to wear a tutu and there was plenty of leftover decor for the rest of the crew to borrow!

 

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Harley had some feelings about his antlers but his plaid polos are perfection.

 

I texted my old trainer so she wouldn’t be sad about missing out on the fun this year.

 

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The whole festive crew!

 

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That extra special between the ears

 

We all had a great ride and decided that tutus should be a riding staple. The ponies were all very good sports, got lots of candy cane rewards, and solidified their precarious spots on Santa’s nice list. 😉

Bright and early the next morning I headed home for the holidays and enjoyed a lovely break with family, friends, and furrbabies.

 

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Christmas cat can’t hang

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This is obviously MY puzzle, and you people clearly needed help holding the pieces down.

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Considers himself a gift to humanity

 

I spent New Years Eve back here in Indiana with my friends and we celebrated in style despite the frigid weather. I went out on New Years Day to visit my main man and we shared some frozen selfies.

 

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That face you make when your pasture buddy tries to steal your cookies

 

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Chillin in my warm new blanket because I destroyed my old blanket last year

 

We have had a few great rides to kick off the new year and let me tell you, after a few months of weekly trainer rides this guy is fancy AF. I can’t believe he’ll be 20 in March and in April we will celebrate two years together!

Thanks for tolerating my sh*t, Harley, and for always letting me kiss your mustache.

 

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6 thoughts on “Holiday Hoopla

  1. Loved it! By why not do all the holidays? Our horses get bunny ears, valentine day hearts, whatever the dollar store has for headgear. Yeah, I’m sure they love it (NOT) – but I know our kids do!

    • Good idea!! Sometimes my barn gets pretty wrapped up in being serious- I don’t mind being the one to remind them to have a little fun now and then. Maybe I should make it more than just once a year!

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