By Patty Wilber
The Whispering Pines 4-H Horse group was lit up last Saturday.
No they were not drinking!
They were in a night-time Christmas parade and the requirement was that all participants had to be electrified.
There are (of course there are!) little battery operated strings of Christmas lights.
The riders had lights.
The horses had lights!
There are also bigger battery packs! More power! Larger lights!
There was hoof glitter (Paint on Elmer’s glue and pour on the glitter!) That glue came from… the Glue Factory…which used to use horse parts. Not anymore. I wonder what Elmer’s glue IS made of these days! Well, to find out, you can click this link and read a funny and informative blog on glue. Short answer: Elmer’s is made of petro chemicals.
There were antlers! (Cuz the horses were actually reindeer.)
And fancy saddle pad covers! Covered that already (*snorts*).
And tail bows!
Yes, there were glow sticks! Some were zip tied to the reins and some were connected together and duct taped in loops for the horse’s legs. The glow sticks seemed to be a bit dim and I wonder if it was because of the temperature. (35F).
Thirty-five F was frankly just plain cold. I am not sure why. Maybe the lack of sun (ya think?) made it feel so chilly. We got there at 4:30 pm when the sun was up (not too bad temperature-wise) and by the time everyone was ready to go, my fingers were ice cubes and it was dark. (The better to see the lights!)
Few of the horses had ever been in a parade, let alone a parade after dark with lights, bells, a marching band AND a hot air balloon.
When the marching band burst into song and the hot air balloon flamed its propane burner, a few of the horses thought it might be best to call it a night. Gotta go.
The balloon pilot agreed to keep his flame to a low burn (much quieter), which really helped, plus there were handlers on the ground for the animals.
The riders rode in a loose herd (not an especially precise formation) but it allowed the nervous Nellies feel more secure. Pretty soon even the Gotta Vamoose contingent was marching to the sounds of the band!
It was a a lot of fun to help and to see this different kind of horse show!