New Year’s Resolutions…For Your Horse

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Pssst…. Attention all equines! Yes, this blog is for YOU!

The New Year is here and your human counterparts are going to be busy trying to reinvent themselves. Things may even get a little nutty. So, we’ve come up with some resolutions you can make for yourself and tips on how to stick with them!

 

GET IN SHAPE… I mean, don’t…

Many of your humans will resolve to lose weight or get in better shape after the New Year. This resolution, as popular as it is, usually fizzles out in a month. Poor, human.

How can you help? Gain weight so they look better by comparison!

A trick to this is to convince everyone you haven’t eaten and are on the brink of starvation. It’s all in the eyes. ANY person who walks by, give them a sorrowful look and reach out to their pockets. The treats within may end up in your feeder, instead of that other horse. You’ll pack on the pounds faster than you think!

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TAKE UP YOGA

If you do have to work on your physique, consider yoga. Good for the body, mind and soul. A basic move you can start with is Upward Hoof. Lay down on the ground and reach all four hooves up to the sky. It might take a couple attempts, but keep rolling over until you accomplish the move. This is especially invigorating after a bath.

Another move is Tree Salute. Firmly plant all feet and slowly lean forward and stretch your neck up toward a tree branch. Then stretch your lips out. Eat some leaves. Ignore anyone who yells at you- you are in “the zone.”

 

QUIT CRIBBING

Aside from being a nuisance to others, cribbing is an unhealthy habit that can cause many long-term issues. Cessation products like cribbing collars, stall toys that can give distraction and natural remedies can help be a part of your quitting support team.

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EAT OUT MORE OFTEN

Get to know your local flavors by partaking in roadside buffets. You’ve seen them while walking by on the trail, especially during the spring. Fresh, flowering herbs can bring such delight to an equine pallet. Take advantage of a loose rein and reach for a snack.

You can also check in with what your neighbor is dining on. Their grain has to be better than what you have.

 

TRAVEL MORE

Resolve your fear of travel and take the brave leap into that shiny, metal, moving box! It is not a monster trying to eat you… give it a good kick and see for yourself… see? Give it another kick, for good measure. Told you so. Trailering in comfortable gear can help ease travel stress. Consider splurging on a shipping halter and boots to aid in your relaxation… and protect yourself from any “trust kicks” along the journey.

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If you have any questions about products that can help make your New Year’s resolutions stick, have your human call the friendly staff at Mary’s Tack and Feed at (800)551-MARY. We have the knowledge and expertise to help you achieve your goals!

The 4 Best Things about Holiday Barn Parties

The 4 Best Things about Holiday Barn Parties!

Are you attending a holiday barn party this weekend?

Whether you are all gathering around a picnic table at the ranch… or a fellow barn buddy has volunteered to be Hostess-with-the-Mostest… or it’s a full-blown catered event (lucky!)… Here are 4 fun things to make the most of your barn party!

1. PEOPLE FEED

Check with your host if there’s a particular dish you can bring- dessert, veggie, etc.  Horsey-themed hors d’oeuvres and dessert recipes can be found all over on the internet… but it’s really fun to show off your own five-star recipe. Especially to “Debbie.” She might bring home more ribbons than you… but she will never top your Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs. Ever.

Not into that whole cooking thing? A bottle of wine with an equine related name or label is a great alternative! And would be very much appreciated!

 

2. ATTIRE

There are those friends that we only see while at the barn: Sunglasses, ball caps, helmets and slathered in sunscreen. If it weren’t for social media, you probably couldn’t pick them out of a police line-up. Holiday barn parties are a fun way to show how you “clean up nice.”  It’s also fun to wear some of your fancier horse-themed outfits and jewelry from Mary’s Tack and Feed 😉

3. GAMES

Trivia about each guest can make for an interesting evening… I mean, you didn’t even know how some of these people looked without sunglasses until now! Each guest can tell the host some fun facts about themselves, which will anonymously be asked to the crowd for guessing. If you own a horse, you own a few good stories.

4. GIFTS

Is it a Secret Santa? White Elephant? Gift games are a great way to spread holiday cheer, even before the party starts!

If there is a cap of how much to spend don’t be afraid to meet it! A really cool gift can make someone’s night, especially if they’re on Santa’s naughty list. This may be their only chance at a decent gift (except for a lump of coal)! A highly coveted present will get “stolen” during a game and ensue lots of laughter! And maybe a little revenge.

Keep it horsey-themed. You ARE at a barn party after all! Try to keep the gifts gender-neutral, too. If you are overwhelmed and can’t decide, a gift geared for the horse will always win, so try some fancy horse treats.

You can even sneak a gift receipt in with your gift. We all know if you bring a horse-sized Rambo Newmarket Halter as a gift, the only Cob-sized horse is going to receive it.

 

 

Stop by Mary’s Tack and Feed for your party gifts and hosting décor!

Merry Christmas!