My barn always had wreaths on the double doors. Inside many of the stalls had stockings hanging on the doors filled with treats for each particular horse. Some lucky horses had wreaths of pepermint candies, although the ponies often had to share with the children and my favorite veterinarian. The were usually treats for the barn kitties so that none of the critters was left out. And there might be a tree decorated outside with edible ornaments for the birds.
Of course Christmas wasn't complete without riders from the neighboring stable caroling on horseback around the farms in the area. There was usually a group of about ten riders of all ages on horses and ponies sharing music, laughter and Christmas cheer.
When you live on a Charlottesville VA horse farm the holidays are the perfect time to gather with friends who all share the love of these wonderful animals. If your barn has any special holiday traditions, we would love to hear from you.