Let’s face it. Dating a horse girl or boy is not an easy task. I think at some point, my boyfriend has thought of running for the hills (or the nearest bar where he could find more girls who showered regularly). I really can’t say I blame him.
As lovely as a good relationship is, I have to be honest: on most days, I still prefer to company of my animals to that of most people. If you’re like me, and the thought of Valentine’s Day just makes you roll your eyes, here are some ways to get through the holiday:
Cue up some classic horse movies.
Whether you like a good, classic story like Seabiscuit or Black Beauty or you like the Netflix originals who are so-bad-they’re-good, there are plenty of horse movies to go around. My personal favorite? The Horse In the Gray Flannel Suit. Priceless.
Get out of the arena.
Take some time to stop and smell the roses with your horse. If you’re not a usual hacker, go out with a buddy and enjoy the world outside of the arena. Plus, it’s good for your horse’s brain to break up the routine a little.
2018 edition: Binge the Olympics.
The Winter Olympics may not include horses (though they really should – I could definitely be a skijorer, or however you spell it), but it’s still a month’s worth of binge watching the world’s most elite athletes. Not to mention, you get an epic workout when you decide to practice your curling skills while mopping the kitchen floor or sweeping the barn aisle.
Book a “barn date”.
Barn families are the best kind of families, mostly because, like you, they also prefer the company of their horses (and horse people). So put on some non-riding clothes (or don’t, who am I to judge?) and grab a table at your favorite spot. The best part of a barn group outing? No one gets bored of talking about horses all night. That beats any date, in my book.