Happy Halloween! How to dress up your horse.


One of my favorite days is coming up – Halloween! It’s great fun to dress up and eat candy all night long…and it’s even more fun to get your horse involved. You have lots of options to create a Halloween costume for your horse.


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Make a safe Halloween costume for your horse so that no one gets spooked.


horse costume as jedi

Thanks to Jane S for this cute pair!


  • Make sure your costume is break-away. If your horse’s costume could get caught on something, like a door, gate, fence, jump standard, another human, or even your leg, it should give way so your horse can escape, and to prevent your horse from a full-blown panic attack.


  • How noisy is the costume? Sound sensitive horses may not appreciate your creative skills as much if they are scared of the sound the costume makes. It doesn’t have to be a bell or whistle, it could be the fabric flapping or rubbing.



horse jumping a fence dressed as a dragon

Meaghan M’s flying dragon isn’t spooking anyone!



  • How flappy is your horse’s Halloween costume? Ticklish, skittish, and horses that resemble general scaredy cats won’t like a costume that flaps about them.


  • No pieces and parts that drag or could end up with a leg or jaw stuck to it. Just as you keep your horse blanket straps taut so that no hooves can get stuck, same goes for your horse’s Halloween costume.



horse in blue sleazy hood and shoulder cover
Horse undies make a great place to start for a costume!


Some useful items that can easily be transformed into Halloween costumes include:


  • Polo wraps – available in every color under the sun and then some.


  • Fly bonnets



  • Fly sheets


  • Cotton sheets and coolers


  • Saddle pads




horse and people from the wizard of oz

Francis G and friends have a theme, with Dorothy the horse.



Just about every fabric and craft store has easy options for new sew, glue on, or easy-sew fabric options. You can also work with fabric paint to decorate your horse’s existing blankets or sheets.



paints safe for horses in bright colors

So many colors…


You also have the option to actually paint your horse!


Stick to horse and human safe products. Tempera paints are non-toxic and come in loads of colors. Shapley’s Show Touch up sprays come in lots of horse colors, so these are a good choice for more traditional colors, like gray and brown and black.



horse dressed as donkey

Thanks Amy G for this pic!


A few more thoughts on Halloween costumes for horses:


  • Make sure you give your horse a trial run in his costume before you hop on. For elaborate horse Halloween costumes, you may need to try pieces at a time.


  • Have extra people on hand to help in case your horse’s Halloween costume frightens his horse buddies. Your horse may think he makes the perfect rainbow unicorn with wings and wheels, but he might scare the daylights out of his barn mates.


Have you dressed up your horse for Halloween? What’s your best costume tip?


horse halloween costume with flowers

Carolyn SB sent this gem over!






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03/11/2024 10:22 am GMT


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