Ah, Valentine's Day. A day to express love and affection. Some of you are hopefully celebrating with your friends, family, husbands, wives and significant others... but what about your horse?! Here are 5 ways to show your horse love and affection this Valentine's Day:
Sign up for a subscription box that spoils the both of you! Check out Hearthorse box which empowers equestrians to find true friendship with their horse, or Cavali Club, whose subscription helps you take impeccable care of your horse and yourself. *Fun fact: Cavali Club's founder was featured in the blog sharing her story of responsible retirement for her gorgeous gelding.
Ground yourself before you ride with a very special meditation! The "My Promise Meditation" from Nikki Porter Coaching "can be used anytime you need to release frustration, reconnect to your horse and self, or remind yourself of your horse’s need for your strength, softness, and clarity." (50% off Feb. 8th through Valentine's Day with code LOVEMYHORSE)
Don't ride, just spend quality time with your horse! Taking some time to simply "be" with your horse can do wonders for increasing your bond. Try hand grazing, hand walking around the property or a deep-grooming session instead! Your horse will appreciate the change of pace and you will find it brings peace to your soul.
Spa days aren't just for us! Have you ever treated your horse to an equine massage? As an athlete, your horse can experience muscle soreness just like you. If you are unable to book a professional for a session, you can learn some bodywork techniques yourself! Check out Unbridled Equine's massage and stretch tutorials!
Make a real commitment to your horse that lasts! Studies have shown that when we share our goals, ambitions and values with others, we are more likely to achieve them and live a more authentic life. Share your values, love, and commitment to your horse by snagging The Equestrian's Promise magnet (50% off Feb. 8th through Valentine's Day with code LOVEMYHORSE) or other items from The Equestrian's Promise shop! Give it as a Valentine's gift to a friend or keep it for yourself. Either way, you are sharing your equestrian values and will move forward to achieve them with your beloved horse.
Valentine's Day doesn't have to just be for you and me, it can also be a fun time to show your horse how much you appreciate all they do for you. As we say in The Equestrian's Promise: "I will never lose sight of what pulled me into this sport in the first place - Love for the horse."