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Rider Insider: Equestrian Traditions

What kind of traditions play a role in your horsey life?

September 10, 2013

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Parade Traditions are a way for certain practices to live on from one generation to the next. Every culture has traditions and many families do, too. There are certainly traditions that live within equestrian cultures, and maybe your barn family has a few that persist year after year.

The idea of traditions is often affiliated with holidays. Some barns hold a costume party where riders come up with creative disguises for themselves and their horses (and if this describes your barn, maybe our annual online costume contest will interest you!) Other barns enjoy secret Santas or stall decorating around Christmas, or riding in the town's annual Memorial Day parade.

Other traditions aren't always affiliated with annual landmarks in the outside world. A barbecue to mark the last show of the season or a trip to a nearby horse-friendly beach every summer keep life at the barn interesting and fun.

Noble EquineDoes your barn or equestrian family have any traditions—holiday or otherwise? Click "Submit a Comment" below and tell us about them. Some responses may be selected to be published in a future issue of Horse Illustrated!

Throughout 2013, Noble Equine will be sponsoring the Rider Insider column in Horse Illustrated with a prize for the selected featured response. This month's prize is a Pinnacle Jacket, available in antique bronze or black. If you'd like to be considered for a prize, make sure to include your contact info in the email field of the contact form (emails will not be publicly displayed.)

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Kristine    International

10/29/2013 8:01:15 AM

A fun tradition at my barn is on Halloween. All the boarders and some lesson students get themselves and their horse all dressed up in fun costumes. Then we go into the subdivision behind the barn to pass out candy to all the trick-or-treaters!

Philomena    Dickinson, ND

10/14/2013 7:54:56 PM

I would always give my horse a good rub down after a ride along with a treat and a kiss on the nose. These are my "everyday" traditions!

Jenna    Stark, NH

10/13/2013 2:46:35 PM

ALWAYS brush and groom your horse before you ride, even if it's just a 2 minute up the road and back kind of ride. It lets your horse know he's loved, gives some time to do some last minute bonding, and you can learn a lot about how the horse is feeling in that time. It also lets any guest that's there just to ride learn that it's not just get on and go.

Michaela    Appleton, WI

10/11/2013 1:08:57 PM

A tradition at my barn is reverse trick-or-treating on horseback! We all dress up and go through a neighborhood near the barn and hand out candy along with discounted lesson coupons. It's a fun way to celebrate Halloween!

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