Staying put breeds new interests

Are you on week two, three, or five with staying at home? Are you and your horse chomping at the proverbial bit desperate to escape your boredom and anxiety?

For me, even though I work from home, I found myself challenged by the isolation, too. That said, also though our closets, refrigerators, and file cabinets may be so tidy, Martha Stewart would blush, the monotony of our new daily lives needs a boot.

Add to this; if your barn is operating under a social distancing protocol that rivals your herd’s pasture dance, your horse may be feeling the activity pinch, too.

I have ideas that may ease the social distancing foxtrot for both of you.

  1. Bake a batch of horse cookies.
    Your intention to bake your homemade horse cookies may be as old as those skinny breeches in the back of your closet. Staples like carrots, apples, oats, flour, and molasses feature in recipes for horse cookies, so get baking!
    Soft Homemade Horse Treats
    7 Horse Treats to Pamper Your Horse
    Horse Treats Recipes
  2. Take your training virtual!
    With online learning, the ‘new normal,’ enhance your training techniques at home with discipline-specific portals. No risk of injury! Pajamas allowed.
    Dressage Today On Demand
    Dressage Naturally Events

    Horse Illustrated Virtual Horse Training
    USEF Learning Center
  3. Test your equine health knowledge
    Veterinarians are front line workers for the horse community. Social distancing placed limits on care but not education. Bone up on symptoms, treatments, and new research and be better prepared in the future.
    Equine Guelph Healthcare
    Smartpak Equine Health Videos
    Kentucky Equine Research Equinews
  4. Get your crafty groove on!
    Horseshoe collection gathering dust? Wrinkled ribbons taking up space? Can’t shop for a birthday present? Turn used horse-related items into a work of art and tackle your clutter at the same time!
    31 DIY Horseshoe Crafts To Try Your Luck With
    How to make an Equestrian Ribbon Quilt
    40 DIY Horse Craft Ideas to Inspire your Creativity
  5. What’s your horse’s story? The Protector? The Bossy One? The Fearful One? The Overachiever? The Playful One? Discover your horse on the page by writing its biography. Mine your memories and turn your relationship into a story.

Stay tuned for ideas in next week’s Nicker Notes!

Cheers, Anna

Top photo credit: Stable Style