Horsey Halloween Costumes

Halloween is fast approaching (seriously, where has the year gone?!) and I don’t know about you, but I still don’t have my costume figured out (if I go as a “cowgirl” one more time, my friends will disown me).

So I turn to you, friends of SmartPak – what sort of wicked fun are you cooking up this Halloween? Tell me in the comments or share your photos to our Facebook wall!

If you’re worse off than me, and you’re still looking for a costume for your horse and yourself, you can borrow some inspiration from this mix of SmartPaker’s old costumes and fabulous finds from across the internet (for some of these, you’re going to need a lot of free time between now and Thursday!):

Fisherman & Lobster
– SmartPaker Sara and her gelding, Diem
Buddy-and-Lobster
This costume is a real problem-solver – thanks to your fisherman’s slicker, you don’t have to worry about rain on Halloween, and the lobster tail is a smart way to keep a cold-backed horse happy through all the trick-or-treating fun!

Milkmaid & Cow – the craziest rider on earth and her unbelievably calm horse
Cow
Source: besthalloweencostumeideasz.blogspot.com
My horse Cody would stand patiently, and quite bored, while I put this costume on. But the thought of what he’d do when he tried to take a step forward is more terrifying than all the Friday the 13th movies combined. The fact that this milkmaid is not even wearing a helmet has me convinced that she is, in fact, riding a horse statue.

Zorro & Tornado – SmartPaker Kristina and her mare, Cocoa
Kristina & Cocoa
Got a horse that’s not impressed by the idea of dressing up? No worries! This clever costume requires minimal participation from your equine partner, and if he or she starts rearing at the sight of the cape, you can claim it was careful stunt training, as seen on all the Zorro posters and books!

Hermione & Harry Potter – you, in your dreams, aboard your dream pony
Harry
Source: Equestrette.com
There are two things I know:

  1. Every girl who has ever read the Harry Potter books imagines herself as Hermione
  2. Ponies look ridiculously cute in glasses (I only learned this upon finding this image)

Sock Hop Girl & Poodle – someone who loves the 50s and their very patient horse
Poodle
Source: sleezybarbhorsewear.com

While I think this would work better as an in-hand costume (seriously, who is out there riding their poodle?), a horse with floppy ears was too cute to ignore.

Caveman & Dinosaur – SmartPaker Brittany and her gelding, Nate
Nate
I like this costume because there are a lot of small things you can change to make it work for you:

  1. To make it easier, you could just pin little scales on one of your horse’s blankets or coolers
  2. To add a little pop culture reference, you could carry around an application for Geico insurance for your dinosaur (he is your ride after all)
  3. To really step up your game, you could make this crazy impressive dragon and knight costume, though I’m assuming you’d have to quit your day job to complete it:
    Dragon
    Source: EquinesPassion.blogspot.com

I hope something in there was inspiring, helpful, or at least made you laugh. And keep in mind, if your horse has embarrassed you recently, perhaps by ditching you in a big mud puddle, Halloween is a perfect opportunity to return the favor.

BoPeep
Source: HorseForum.com

Happy Halloween!

Jack O-Lantern
Source: onefunnyhorseeveryday.blogspot.com

Pumpkin seeds, anyone?

Sarah Paull

Sarah Paull is a lifelong rider and SmartPak’s Brand Manager. You may know her better as the life-size foam finger from the London Olympics, the host of USEF Network’s Live from London coverage, or “that girl from the Stuff Riders Say videos.” Prior to joining SmartPak in 2008, Sarah worked as a Veterinary Technician at B.W. Furlong & Associates in Oldwick, NJ, and obtained her degree in Equine Science from Centenary College. Sarah is the proud mom of Cody, a semi-retired, 23-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, and she’s currently looking for an eventing partner to help her get rid of all the extra time, money and energy she doesn’t actually have :-) If you're interested in her often-horsey, always-odd musings, follow @SmartPakerSarah on Twitter.

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