Happy Halloween! Are you and your horse celebrating by dressing up in costume this year?

In last week’s online poll, we asked our readers if they would be attending a Halloween-themed horse show or event this week and if their horses would be donning a costume. More than 300 people responded and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 336 respondents, 34 (10%) said they planned to attend a Halloween show or event and would be in costume. Another 31 people (9%) planned to attend a Halloween show, but were going to skip the costume, and the remaining 271 respondents (81%) did not plan to attend a Halloween horse show or event.

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Additionally, several people commented about their Halloween plans:

  • “I don’t compete any more, but I’ve entered Halloween shows and gymkhanas in the past (in costume).”
  • “I am dressing as Winnie the Pooh and my chestnut Thoroughbred is going to be Tigger!”
  • “No, but when my horse was a foal I dressed him up as a devil for Halloween!”
  • “No, too busy, but am planning to make a costume for next season’s breed costume classes.”
  • “George dresses up like a mule; oh wait, he is a mule.”
  • “My equine partner is my side kick. We team together.”
  • “Our horse shows are done for the year, but I like seeing everyone’s costumes online!”
  • “I have a lame horse and no trailer or I would attend and participate.”
  • “My horses don’t go anywhere off the mountain.”
  • “There are none in my area of Hanford, California.”
  • “I’m volunteering at an annual costume Halloween ride.”
  • “My horse would die of fright if I tried.”
  • “I’ll be going to a college rodeo instead of competing at a Halloween barrel race.”
  • “I dress her up for the Fourth of July. That’s it.”

If you’re still looking for costume ideas, have no fear! Check out some of these reader-submitted photos from past Halloween contests!

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More Costume Ideas: https://www.thehorse.com/photos/slideshows/34839/2014-hallowhinny-photo-contest

You can also find information on managing the fearful and anxious horse, how to tell if your horse is stressed, read about senior horse spooks, and view some of the things our readers say their horses spook at all at TheHorse.com!

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