Friday, December 2, 2011

The Horses' Christmas

This post falls in the category of interesting and odd things that people think of to do in our new home county.

I'd been seeing a blurb in the local paper's Things to Do listing for "The Horses' Christmas" being held at a small elementary school over on the eastern side of the county.  

I wasn't planning on going since I hadn't a clue what it was all about.  But the night before I learned that a few of the new riding friends that I've made here were involved.  

So I drove over to watch.....

I arrived to find about 15 horses and mules standing patiently along the school fence and getting prepped for the occasion.  


Bows on tails.

Antlers behind ears. 

Snowflakes on rumps.

When it was time for the show, the entire elementary school came out and made a circle out on the lawn while the horses paraded around a central Christmas tree.    

Ooohhs and ahhhs from most of the kids; plus a lot of squealing and nose-holding when manure would make it's inevitable appearance!   

Though Rockbridge County is rural, horses were a big hit with the kids and many seemed in total awe. 

But after all it isn't everyday that you see an angel riding a mule...

Or elves riding Rudolph the Red-Nosed Sorrel....

Or the little drummer boy on a bay mule.....

The star of the afternoon was Santa who appeared riding a handsome black Walking Horse!

The Christmas tree in the middle of the lawn was decorated especially for the horses and after the show was over, they all tucked into the apples and carrots.  

So that was "The Horses' Christmas" out at Enderly Heights Elementary School.  Pretty unusual wasn't it?

It's a crazy fun place to live!


  1. well, that's different! and quite cool! :)

  2. I would loved to have been there to see it! Bet all those horses and mules enjoyed the treats on the christmas tree too!

  3. Oh, I wouldn't say it's unusual. Folks in these parts were pretty isolated for a lot of years and the things they came up with to amuse themselves kind of carried over. THE BOSS and I even spent about 20 minutes stopped on a street in her hometown while about 20 horseback riders and a covered wagon paraded down the street. The occasion? It was special Saturday, just a regular one. Our livestock even seemed to enjoy it.

  4. How adorable is this? I think you may be participating next year :)
    Loved this!!!
    xo, misha

  5. It was all about what puts a smile on the kids' faces. Love the apples and carrots on the tree the best. :-)

  6. I'm so happy you were curious enough to see what this was all about. Those little squeals of the children must have put a smile on your face. I love the horses in the tree getting their treat for their performance. Love small town USA and all the the little things they to make each so special. Who knows, next year you might be riding in the Horse Parade too!

  7. I loved this! Great pics, great event, wish we had something like that around here!

  8. How sweet. A horse parade! Love it! Glad you went. Local customs are terrific.

  9. Such a fun time; thanks for showing us. Thank you for your comments and prayers; they have helped.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.


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