Dressing your horse for Halloween
It’s almost Oct. 31, and a lot of local trail rides and three-day events are adding costume classes for those of us who refuse to admit that we are no longer an appropriate age for trick-or-treating. Out of curiosity, we’ve spent a LOT of time in the past few days Googling costume ideas for horses (we have such a tough job).
If you’re thinking of dressing your horse up for Halloween, it seems there are a couple of different approaches. Some Internet-famous costumes are intricate custom jobs, while others are do-it-yourself modifications of blankets, polos, saddle pads, and other items you might have lying around the tack room. While we don’t advocate for one approach or another, there are probably a few things you should keep in mind as you dream up your horse’s get-up.
- You can indeed paint your horse–just make sure those paints are washable and non-toxic
- If your horse’s costume requires fluttering, excessively wide elements, it’s probably best to introduce those pieces to them well ahead of your parade or contest
- Make sure you have good visibility in your costume, provided you’re also dressing up.
- Keep an eye on that candy–while peppermints are fine for horses, the ingredients in other candies may or may not be safe for them to eat. Probably safest to keep them out of your Halloween basket altogether.
- Give your horse LOTS of hugs and cookies for once again patiently putting up with strange human holidays.
We can help you with part of your costume–our war bridle has a great dramatic look for uses in costumes and parades, although lots of our customers love using it every day, too.