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Halloween and Horses

Originally posted Oct 21, 2008; Updated October 21, 2012

By Linda Ann Nickerson

Each fall, as October approaches, horse show barns often host equestrian Halloween fun shows, Halloween horse parades, Halloween fall festivals, Halloween barn parties or other autumn horsey event. Many horse lovers enjoy dressing up in Halloween and themed costumes for such happenings, and some even decorate or costuming their horses. How can you design a delightful Halloween or themed costume for your horse? Here are several helpful and practical pointers, including many simple Halloween horse costume ideas. The Halloween horse costume must be designed with safety in mind.

As fright-or-flight creatures, horses are easily startled. Nothing can ruin a Halloween horsey event like a panicked horse. When horses become frightened, the hooves fly, the horses bolt, and people tend to get hurt.

Streamers, crinkly materials, sequins and shiny objects, tin foil, flashing lights, fluttering feathers, clinking beads and jingling bells can terrify a horse. All of these tend to be extremely unpractical and poor choices for a Halloween horse costume.

When dressing up a horse for Halloween, keep it simple for the horse. This is a brilliant example of a good costume, one that a horse is comfortable wearing and will not hinder movement, or disturb with fussy, noisy details around the eyes, ears, mouth, legs or tail.
When dressing up a horse for Halloween, keep it simple for the horse. This is a brilliant example of a good costume, one that a horse is comfortable wearing and will not hinder movement, or disturb with fussy, noisy details around the eyes, ears, mouth, legs or tail.

In addition, horses seem to universally object to wearing items on their faces or about their ears. Masks, hats and facial adornments are generally rejected by horses.

Because of these equine concerns, a Halloween horse costume must be creatively designed, with an aim towards simplicity and utility.

The Halloween horse costume should match, or complement, the costume worn by the accompanying human. >> Read full story for more great tips.

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