The Christmas Parade

Ponies On Parade

Kaitlyn Rowe and Allyson Shots walk the ponies in the parade. Cloudy can be seen on the far left with Thunder on the right.

Holly Watson

Kaitlyn Rowe and Allyson Shots walk the ponies in the parade. Cloudy can be seen on the far left with Thunder on the right.

Kaitlyn Rowe

It might seem like taking your horse, or in my case, pony, in the annual christmas parade would be easy, but let me tell you why you’re wrong. I started getting the ponies and costumes ready days before the parade. Not to mention, pulling the ponies out of the back winter paddock nearly a week early to make sure they still remembered their manners. Two days of costume fitting and last minute outfit touchups; it was the day of the parade and I had two very dirty black and white ponies to cleanup. Two cute little manes to braid into bows and two long dirty tells to bush the filth out of. Now just because they are little don’t you get to thinking this was a quick or easy job. Neither pony was thrilled at the idea of having bows and braids in his mane and tail. And you better believe me when I say that Cloudy, the taller of the two ponies, made that very clear. But that didn’t stop me. Soon, both were ready and we were on our way to the parade. The last hour we spent at the parade drop sight was filled with last minute touches and lots of compliments on the ponies and their adorable costumes. Suddenly, we realize that the parade will start soon and we aren’t in the proper starting place. Luckily, we made it in time to win first place in the horse portion of the costume/float contest. Thunder, the sorter of the two black and white ponies, was excited to start showing off. Cloudy, on the other hand, seemed to have felt a sudden burst of shyness. But soon, both of the boys were hamming it up for the crowds. They loved the attention, and honestly so did I. It was so great to see the eyes of children light up when they saw the ponies. It was great. Honestly, even with all the work, it was still totally worth it.