Tuesday News and Notes from Cavalor

Photo courtesy of Julieann Prettyman. Photo courtesy of Julieann Prettyman.

EN Reader Julieann Prettyman submitted this adorable photo of her OTTB Jasper, all decked out in festive gear and seemingly enjoying every minute of it.

Julieann said, “Meet Jasper, my 11 year old off the track Thoroughbred. Even he gets excited for the holidays! Now normally, you’d expect your horse to either a) not let you get near him with a ridiculous costume or b) throw his head around so much that it stays on for approximately one crappy picture. Not Jasper, though. I’m convinced that Jasper actually enjoys this or at least thinks he is in fact, part reindeer because he never once tried to shake this off, much less shy away from it. In fact, he actually fell asleep in the sun while posing for pictures in his costume! While I’ll never truly know what Jasper actually thinks of his reindeer outfit, one thing is for sure: he’s certainly made the ‘Nice List’ this year!”

Thanks for sharing! What about our other EN readers out there? Is your horse on the “Naughty” or “Nice” list this year? Tell us why in the comments!

Events Opening Today: Full Gallop Farm February I H.T. (SC, A-3), Ocala Horse Properties Winter II H.T. (FL, A-3), Pine Top Intermediate Horse Trials (GA, A-3)

Events Closing Today: Ocala Horse Properties Winter I H.T. (FL, A-3)

News and Notes:

Social Media Ettiquette for Equestrians: Courtney Carson shared some words of wisdom after reading an unprofessional Facebook comment war. “I wish I could count all of the posts that I see online which openly speak poorly of someone’s farm or business on social media,” Courtney said. “While ‘everyone has reason to be upset at times, social media is not a place to voice most of these frustrations.” [Eventing Nation]

A Horse Walks Into a Bar… Or in this case, runs into a diner. Cameras caught a frightened horse running into an Irish family restaurant and proceed to freak out the customers. Fortunately, no one was hurt in this bizarre encounter, but it seems though everyone’s dignity was destroyed. [Mirror]

Ibuprofen, the Fountain of Youth? Scientists have found that ibuprofen can help extend the lifespans of several organisms, with extended use adding up to 15% more to each species’ lives (the equivalent of adding 20 years of healthy living to the average human lifespan). Could the use of this drug help horses live longer, healthier lives too? [Horsetalk]

Equestrian-Themed Play Highlights Obsession and Mean-Girl Culture:Horse Girls,” a surreal black comedy playing at the Cell in New York City, is a bizarre and perhaps frightening glimpse into the world of obsession. What happens when those who have it all (wealth, popularity, and horses) suddenly lose it all? [NY Times Review] [Buy Tickets to “Horse Girls”]

Give the Gift of SmartPaks: Looking for a last-minute gift idea? SmartPak has you covered! Your horse-loving friends and family will appreciate a SmartPak gift certificate, which can be given in the form of an eCertificate delivered via email. No wait, no hassle, no hemming and hawing over what size or color to buy! Go SmartPak. Go Eventing. [SmartPak Gift Certificates]

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