We know Christmas is a busy time, but the essence of the period is to find some quiet time and indulge in a bit of craft, cooking and quality time with your loved ones.

So, we have hand selected five quick ideas to inspire you to add a bit of extra equine magic to your Christmas.

Scandi Dala Horse Tree Hangings

Cut out and decorate Scandi Dala Horses from wood such as balsa or felt reinforced with cardboard to hang on your tree. Decorate each one to represent each horse you have owned both past and present. Use this template to cut the perfect shape.

Make a hole and thread a ribbon through, ready to hang on your tree.  What a lovely way to recognise the horses that have touched your life and something you can add to over the years.

Or, if preferred, you can simply purchase these from www.cloudberryliving.co.uk:

Decorate old horse shoes

Decorate old horse shoes for friends and family for a lucky gift. Personalise each one with their birth stones or other special crystals.  And, use jewellery wire or twine to wrap and thread around the shoe for a more rustic look….

Stable door wreath

Decorate your horse’s stable door with a wreath or garland over their door. Make sure you hang it out of reach otherwise your hard work will be ruined by the morning!  Or what about a sprig of mistletoe for some extra Christmas kisses?

Host on impromptu evening

Several of our customers love to host an impromptu evening of carols at their stables. They hang fairy lights, serve mulled wine and mince pies while everyone participates in a spot of carol singing. Your horses will love the extra attention from your guests. Our customers report it as an extra special treat for friends and family that don’t often get the chance to get up close to horses. You could also give your guests a hand decorated horseshoe as a gift to remember the evening.

A stocking full of treats

Finally, don’t forget your horses stocking. Fill it with tasty treats or try your hand at making your own such as this recipe by Author Tanya Davenport.

To get some further festive stable yard ideas, take a look at our ‘Equestrian Christmas’ Pinterest Board.

Wishing you a super Christmas with your family, friends and horses, from all at Scotts of Thrapston.