Snow means shoveling, breaking ice out of water pails and for some, the end of riding until spring. The fluffy ground covering brings added work and bothersome drifts, but it can also provide an opportunity to enjoy other activities around the barn.
Here we offer seven ideas for a day of fun in the snow for you and your clients.
- Sleigh rides: Stables that have horses that drive can take advantage of the snow and offer old-fashioned sleigh rides.
- Nature walk: A stroll through the trails or surrounding the property has the potential to introduce clients to infrequently seen wildlife from birds to fox and even porcupine. It can also be an opportunity to check fence lines to make sure snow and wind haven’t created opportunities for escape.
- Sledding: Take advantage of hills on your property and invite clients out for a day of sledding. A pot of chili is a simple and inexpensive way to warm up after a few hours outdoors.
- Tractor sleigh ride: This isn’t the weighted, county fair attraction. If you’re property is large enough, hook up a few sleds to the back of your tractor and pull clients around the farm.
- Old-fashioned snowball fight: Who doesn’t enjoy a friendly competition? Younger riders won’t likely think twice, but adults might also jump right in. Snowball makers and launchers add to the fun.
- Photo fun: Snow days can create amazing photographs. Invite a local expert in to offer tips for capturing horses enjoying the snow.
- Bonfire: Organize a potluck or wiener roast around a small bonfire. Make sure to have marshmallows and hot chocolate.
Just because it is winter doesn't mean you and your clients have to hibernate. If you live where there is winter and snow, then find some ways to keep clients coming out to the barn and enjoying your facility.