Turkey time is around the corner friends! The one time a year that no one judges you for piling your feed bucket high with carbs! Or for helping yourself to an extra flake (or five) of alfalfa! Unfortunately, Thanksgiving also means that your Person will probably come ride you many days in a row because they have what humans call a “long weekend”. Yes, a phrase that causes panic in even the dullest Warmblood. Don’t they realize that we will be in a carb coma napping in our stalls?! Here are a few tips to help you avoid overeating this Thanksgiving and help your Person keep their spurs in their tack trunk!
- Hide Your “Fat” Girth. You know the one. The elastic girth that is two sizes too big for you, but you keep around for days just like Thanksgiving. You can put it on and even after 5 buckets of mash later, you still have room to comfortably tighten it. Dear friends, this girth is lying to you! Toss it! Or give it to your frienemy for Christmas.
- Do Not Fast. Fasting the day of Thanksgiving only leads to starvation, which leads to you going bonkers at dinner and overeating. Instead, treat it like any other day and munch on grass or hay. Maybe steal a few treats from an open trunk. Plus, fasting can lead to crankiness and you don’t want to be the one that sends Aunt Spirit into tears this year.
- Do the Turkey Trot. As previously mentioned, your Person will most likely have a long weekend and be able to ride you way too much. This may even involve an early Thanksgiving Day ride. Normally I dislike these holiday intrusions but doing a bit of exercise before a big meal can be beneficial. Not only will you feel less guilty about pigging out because of all those calories you will burn, but working out can actually delay hunger pains if done at a high enough intensity. If you have been storing up any bucks or crow-hops now may be a good time to let one rip! Extra tip: Try not to do this in front of the trainer.
- Do Not Eat Like a Horse. You know how your stall neighbor eats so fast that half of the grain falls out of his mouth as he moves from bucket to hay to bucket to water to stall door. Don’t be this horse. Not only is it repulsive, but it can lead to over indulgence. Eat slowly, taste your food and wait a few minutes before you go back for seconds. By waiting, you may not even want another bucket-full after all.
- Start With Your Veggies. You don’t have to tell me twice! Carrots are my absolute favorite! By starting with healthier, low calorie foods, by the time you get to the apple pie you may not have any room for it.
Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!