Holidays offer and opportunity for horse lovers to spend time with their horses possibly enjoying scenic rides especially as the weather conditions become more conducive for long rides in the country. Horses are also part of the holidays, and in certain parts of the world, Easter parades and horses are celebrated together.
Where Horses are included in Easter celebrations
In Saxony, a federal state in Germany, horses are part of the culture. Bautzen catholic riders, including people from surrounding villages, set off on a horseback ride to local parishes while singing tunes in Sorbian language. In this tradition, horses are beautifully adorned with ornaments while riders wear traditional costumes composed of black coats, top hats, and riding boots. The purpose of the tradition is to help proclaim the good news that Jesus has resurrected. This tradition of Easter horse riding goes way back before Christian times.
In London, horse riding tradition is livelier and the purpose for these parades is to promote care and respect of horses. The history of the London Harness Horse Parade dates back in the year 1886 at Battersea Park. This was done to pay attention to the welfare of the cart horses spread out in the city. In the year 1904, in the attempt to also support welfare of horses, the London Van Horse Parade was established. Together, these parades are celebrated every Easter Monday at South of England Centre. Spectators wait to have a look and be struck with awe by the beautiful horses such as Shires, Dutch Friesians, and other heavy breeds. Because of the parade’s cause to promote good welfare among the working horses in London, there have been changes in the way carriage driving is carried out – an activity that most spectators participate in.
What to Expect – Preparing for Horse Parades
Riding and participating in horse parades can be an enjoyable experience so long as you have made the necessary preparations. It is fun to think about getting ready for that festive day and even having to decorate the horse, and join in by wearing a costume. No parade is complete without the spectacular presence of a horse adorned in costume.
If e you thinking of joining this year’s horse parades? Then, you need to amake sure you and your horse are both ready to join the festivities. Keep in mind that the first priority for this type of occasions is safety – safety for the spectators, the riders, and most importantly, the horses –. Understand that a horse can have encounters that may be unfamiliar to them during a parade event. These situations may not have been experienced before in a show or a competition event. Expect that noises will be louder and more sudden, considering there are marching bands around, the cheering of spectators, and the howl of the sirens that add to the ambience and liven up the festivities more. Add to that the distractions all around such as balloons, flags, glitter, streamers, and other decorations most commonly seen in parades.
Horses are the center of attraction for these events, so it is expected that a lot of people would want to come up to try and touch the horse. Along the parade, it is not a smooth move because there are frequent stops and the pace will be slow. Not to mention, the presence of other types of animals that might get close to your horse. In addition, there are also other participants of the parade, like clowns or other entertainers, who might unintentionally get near the animal.
Fortunately, most horses can deal with this fuss very lightly, but still accidents can be inevitable. So before you decide to join in the fun, make sure your horse can keep his calm especially in situations or events like the horse parades. As for riders, it is still important to put on your safety gear because it won’t be easy riding a horse in a costume. You still need to have the boots, stirrups, and helmet on along with the costume.
What a Parade Horse Should Be Like
Does your horse have what it takes to become a parade horse? A parade horse is ideally one that is obedient and can uphold safety along the road. If you want to prepare your horse for an event like this, it may be a challenge because it’s hard to mimic the surroundings of the parade. But it helps if you can show streamers and balloons to your horse or even blow horns just to get him accustomed to the sound.
Easter horse parades are no doubt a fun event full of color and majesty, and you’ll have horses as the stars of the show. Think well on how you can safely introduce your horse to unfamiliar sights and sounds likely present in a parade – you will see that your horse can be perfectly safe and happy during the event.