We have discussed the holiday connections between horses and traditions, how they are so present with images of classic Christmas. Just thinking about a horse and buggy in the wintertime conjures up good-natured feelings, how there’s a real meaning behind Christmas and it’s about warmhearted simplicity. Shouldn’t that be what the Christmas holiday is all about? Remember the simple things in life, the birth of Christ, and appreciate the loved ones around you? If only it were that easy!
Nowadays it seems that we are bombarded with stress and unrealistic expectations, and when that’s the case, it is no surprise then that this time of the year is depressing for some of us. We just have to keep our eye on the spiritual prize and horses can help us with that. That is why we need to care of them, which is why our horse barns, shed row barns, run in sheds, and livestock shelters are so important this time of the year given the weather. There are other ways to make sure your horses are taken care of, which are pointed out in The Horse.
They answer the question, “Are Christmas decorations poisonous to horses?” Some decorations are fine for your horses to be around, others not so much. Clair Thunes writes, “I recommend placing all decorations well out of reach of any horses. Avoid decorations, such as tinsel, that could cause blockages if consumed. […] If you have a real Christmas tree in the barn make sure it’s regularly watered to reduce the risk of combustion. Artificial trees might offer a safer barn-decorating option. Look for one labeled as nonflammable or flame retardant. With common sense, it’s possible to have a festive and safe barn this season.”
You just have to be smart when it comes to Christmas decorations. Exhibit common sense and you should be fine. Nothing will ruin the holidays more than something happening to your horse will!