You know what every rider needs? A little bit of voodoo in the air to make barn life a little bit more crazy. Life is so boring when all the horses are sound and no one’s in the hospital.
But if for some reason you prefer the quiet life, here are a few activities you might want to avoid today, Friday the 13th.
1. Jumping through fire. It’s just a bad idea any day, really.
2. Catching your horse. Your horse running circles around you in the paddock is trying to do you a favor. Why are you tempting fate today?
3. Grooming your horse. Have you not noticed that mud season has begun?
4. Trailering anywhere. If your horse manages to load (doubtful, considering the trailer ghosts will be in full force), all signs point to bucking, bolting and general misbehavior once you arrive at your destination.
5. Competing. For the love of Valegro, you had better not be at a show on Friday the 13th. Sure, every class does need to have a winner…but did you not hear about the trailer ghosts? THEY COULD BE ANYWHERE.
6. Trying new dressage moves. Trot lengthenings? Shoulder in? Forget it–unless you want it to look like this.
7. Leaving your lucky britches at home. Never a good idea.
8. Free-longeing your horse. He may just have his own plans…like brunch with his pasture buddies.
9. Trail riding. At best, you might come across a creepy old house. At worst, you’ll end up in a ditch with a broken collarbone. I told you those trailer ghosts were unpredictable…
10. Having the farrier out. Are the shoes bad luck if they’re upside down or right side up? Who can remember…
11. Trying out a new horse. It’s always a good idea to have the owner ride first, particularly on this spooky day.
12. Picking out stalls. Someone’s gotta do it…but be careful! Today, of all days, is probably the day you’ll throw out your back.
13. Betting on a race. According to the Huffington Post, Friday the 13th seemed to be a lucky day for Professor Thomas Fernsler at the University of Delaware. “I got the call to come in and interview on Friday, Aug. 13, at 1:13 p.m. — the 13th minute past the 13th hour,” he said. “U.S. 13 is the route I had to take to get there. I bought a paper that day, and 103 was the winning lottery number. So I put a bet on a horse named Lucky Friday, who was running in the 13th race.”
That was where Fernsler’s luck ended…the horse finished in 13th place.
So what can you do on Friday the 13th? We recommend clutching your copy of George Morris’ Hunter Seat Equitation and rocking back and forth in the fetal position. Or enjoying the great indoors on a virtual horse.
If you really must step foot in the barn…well, you can’t say we didn’t warn you…