Today, we’re sharing the ultimate horse lovers bucket list!
They’re things that everyone who adores horses should do at least once.
You can also use most of these ideas as inspiration for an amazing gift to give that special equestrian in your life.
Let’s dive in and get started!
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The Perfect Horse Lovers Bucket List
According to The Idioms, a bucket list is defined as “a list of achievements or experiences someone wants to have during their lifetime.”
This is especially true for horse lovers and horse owners alike.
Here are some things all horse fanatics should have on their bucket list!
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1. Attend the Kentucky Derby in Person
The Kentucky Derby is an annual horse race held at the 147-acre Churchill Downs Racetrack in the neighborhood of South Louisville, Kentucky.
The inaugural race was held in 1875, making it the oldest continuously held major sporting event in the United States.
The Kentucky Derby is a 1 ¼ mile race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds.
The race almost always takes place on the first Saturday in May, with the 2021 race being held on May 1st. It will be the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby.
The Kentucky Derby often draws celebrities like Ian Somerhalder, Janet Jackson, Josh Groban, and more.
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2. Binge Watch the Heartland Television Series
Heartland is a Canadian family, drama, Western television series that is based on the 26-novel Heartland book series by Lauren Brooke.
It has aired for 13 seasons, so far, debuting on October 14, 2007. Season 14 is set to premiere on January 10, 2021.
Heartland is a “multi-generational saga set in Alberta, Canada and centered on a family getting through life together in both happy and trying times.”
The series stars Amber Marshall, Graham Wardle, Michelle Morgan, Shaun Johnston, Alisha Newton and Chris Potter.
3. Indulge in a Few Popular Horse Novels
Check out these popular novels to get your horsey fix.
Then, snuggle up under a blanket, grab a cup of tea, and read way past your bedtime!
- Chosen by a Horse– by Susan Richards
- Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel– by Jeannette Walls
- Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See– by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley
- Riding Lessons: A Novel– by Sara Gruen
- The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation– by Elizabeth Letts
- The Horse Dancer: A Novel- by JoJo Moyes
- Thoroughbreds & Trailer Trash (Book 1 of 3 in the Second Chance Romance Series)- by Bev Pettersen
4. Teach Your Horse a Cool Trick or Two
Teaching your horse cool tricks is loads of fun, but it also teaches your horse valuable lessons about communication, love, patience and repetition.
Need a couple ideas on what tricks to teach your horse?
- Forever Horse Crazy– How to Teach Your Horse to Smile on Cue.
- I Heart Horses– How to Teach Your Horse to Bow.
- Seriously Equestrian– How to Teach Your Horse to Give a Kiss.
- The Spruce Pets– Teach Your Horse to Give a Hug.
5. Visit a Dude Ranch For a Weekend
A dude ranch is a vacation resort where people can engage in activities such as camping, fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding and nature walks.
Need some ideas on where to stay?
Tucson, Arizona- The Tanque Verde Ranch is nestled on 60,000 acres among the Rincon Mountains.
Solvang, California- Located in the Santa Ynez Valley.
The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort is California’s premier dude ranch that is set in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country.
Granby, Colorado- Located 85 miles northwest of Denver.
The C Lazy U Ranch is an all-inclusive guest ranch that is situated in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Sandpoint, Idaho- Located in Bonner County’s largest city.
The Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is a 1,100-acre year-round guest ranch in the scenic panhandle of North Idaho.
Greenough, Montana- Located 76 miles northeast of Butte and 25 miles east of Missoula.
The Resort at Paws Up is Montana’s first and only true luxury ranch resort.
Laramie, Wyoming- Located just 50 miles west of Cheyenne.
The Vee Bar Guest Ranch is a historical, family-friendly dude ranch nestled in the valley of the Snowy Range Mountains, home of the Medicine Bow National Forest.
6. Volunteer at a Horse Rescue
Horse rescue organizations take in horses that have been abandoned, abused or neglected.
Need to find a horse rescue in your state?
- A Home For Every Horse has a List of Horse Rescues By State.
- Horse World Data provides you with a list of state-by-state Horse Rescue & Retirement Organizations.
7. Watch As Many Popular Horse Movies As Possible
A cold, winter day (or weekend) is the perfect time to binge watch as many acclaimed horse movies as you can.
Even better, gather your equestrian buddies, hippophile pals and/or horse-loving friends together so they can binge watch with you.
Need some inspiration? Here are some of our favorite horse movies!
Black Beauty is a 1994 drama movie based on the 1877 novel, of the same name, by Anna Sewell.
It features Alan Cumming as the voice of the ‘Black Beauty.’
National Velvet is a 1944 technicolor sports, drama movie based on the 1935 novel, of the same name, by Enid Bagnold.
It stars Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor.
Seabiscuit is a 2003 sports movie based on the 1999 non-fiction book, Seabiscuit: An American Legend, by Laura Hillenbrand.
The movie, starring Tobey Maguire, is loosely based on the life and career of Seabiscuit, a champion thoroughbred racehorse.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is a 2002 animated adventure movie featuring Matt Damon as the voice of ‘Spirit.’
This is the perfect flick for family movie night, since it’s 100% kid-friendly.
The Black Stallion
The Black Stallion is a 1979 family adventure movie based on the 1941 children’s novel, of the same name, by Walter Farley.
It stars Kelly Reno, Teri Garr and Mickey Rooney.
The Horse Whisperer
The Horse Whisperer is a 1998 Western drama movie based on the 1995 novel, of the same name, by Nicholas Evans.
It stars Robert Redford and Kristin Scott Thomas.
8. Whip Up a Batch of Horse Treats
Horses enjoy getting a bit spoiled every now and then, right?
So, why not make your favorite equine some easy, frugal and delicious homemade treats!
Need some help?
- Capital Cowgirl has an easy recipe for Carrot-Oat-Banana Cookies.
- Horse Illustrated provides a simple recipe for Oatmeal Carrot Crunchies.
- Little House Living shows you How to Make Horse Treats with carrots, apples, molasses and oats.
- Love the Energy features a homemade horse treats recipe for Pumpkin Poppies.
- Mom.com showcases How to Make Sugar Cubes for Horses.
- Stable Table & Crafts has an effortless recipe for Homemade Horse Treats with Cinnamon & Oats.
I hope you enjoyed this horse lovers bucket list!
Some of these ideas do require a bit more of a budget than others, but there are plenty that you can do for free or cheap.
Plus, ideas like movies and books don’t even have to wait.
You can get started on that part of your list right now!