Eldest son is absolutely horse crazed! I can’t claim to be far from it, myself. But, he is a born cowboy and he loves to ride.
So, how could I not craft up a little something for Christmas that was right up his alley? A bunch of the “Barn Moms” and I got together and made some absolutely adorable pillows decorated with horses on them. Some were fanciful, others looked like a particular horse, we even had a fantastical unicorn in the mix! Lots of the “barn kids” received pillows among their Christmas gifts and they seemed to be a huge hit with everyone.
My kiddo received a pillow that represents “his” horse Doc. Doc is a quarter horse who hates baths and brushing and just wants to throw on a saddle and go–much like my son! He is a true cowboy horse and he has claimed my son as one of his very favorite people.
On the right are three of the pillows that I made. I wish I had gotten more photos of them before I delivered them. On the left is one that went to one of DS18s riding instructors. It looks like Hans, the big, goofy warmblooded Hanoverian that lives at the stables. His instructor often rides him in ACTHA rides and Equestrian events, hence the braids instead of a mane. I hoped that the paisley fabric would emphasize his fancy “show” prowess.
The middle pillow represents Baron, the Shire and our only draft horse at the stables. Unfortunately, not long after I made this pillow, he suffered a strangulation lymphoma and didn’t make it. I am hoping that DS18s other instructor enjoyed receiving this remembrance of this big, gorgeous boy. As much as he was my favorite horse to ride and to love on, he clearly loved her (and she loved him) more than anyone else. It’s sad to lose a friend, but I will always remember that drafty personality and big, pretty walk of his. Sigh.
On the far right is Doc, the Quarter Horse. His mane is made of looped twine that is “blowing” backward because he is running across the fields. This is my son’s favorite horse and if he had been available to lease, we would have done it. They make such a good team together, even reading each other’s minds. Doc is kind of a no muss, no fuss kind of horse who hates brushing, braiding, baths, or pretty much anything other than riding, meal times, and peppermints. It’s an ideal match for my son, who pretty much feels the same way about baths and anything too fussy related to hygiene. LOL!
Fortunately, all of the pillows seem to be well received and enjoyed! My kiddo sleeps with his on the bed at night. He is afraid it will get messed up if it falls on the floor.
Did your child have a favorite gift that you made?
Till next time,