Photo Challenge: It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

…because the best part of horse ownership is dressing him or her in a Santa hat for the annual Christmas card.

Look, he might love it or he might buck you off next ride — but it’s basically an equestrian mandate that you dress your horse up in something delightfully tacky for the annual Christmas photo. Here are 22 readers who agree, from this week’s photo challenge!

Merry Christmas from Comet! Photo by Kristin Case.

Heehee my mare kept shaking her hat off so she could play with it. Photo by Molly Brown.

Lexi Poteat Pejnovic: Christmas ponies at Time and Again Farms. Photo by Kate Ebanks.

Outlaw. Photo by Ellise Spaulding.

Caroline Strek: Photo by Katy George

Photo by Jessica Carr

The cutest reindeer. Photo by Melanie Helms

Photo by Maddie Kanda

Merry Christmas from out Elves. Photo by Dave Parsons

Martine Howes: My horse FROST being a good sport for our Christmas photo shoot with photographer Karen Bulzacchelli

On Donner and Blitzen? Nah, walk on, Santa! Photo: Merrilyn Ratliff

My daughter’s horse, Bentley, donning his,best Kramer impression in his ugly sweater! Photo by Karen Bulzacchelli

Connor and Tee (25). Photo by Kindra McClellan

Ann Gibson: Photo by Jennifer Michelle

Photo by Amy Lakatos… bells everywhere! And Christmas lights with the bells on his chest plate!

Sammy with my girls. Photo by Carolyn Camp

Kiwi-Photo by Tara Needham

Colleen Donovan: Santa ponies showing brotherly love (credit: Meagan Cox)

Merry Christmas from Fizzy! Photo by Kayla Webb

My “mane” man Maestro, modeling for this year’s Christmas card. Photo by Beth Erdmann

Does this hat make my butt look big? PC: Jodie Carlson Patient horse: Sophie

Karen Young: Irish Draughts are a rare breed and a foundation breed known for their temperament. Don’t try this with every horse! Pictured is: Kleary’s M&M – a 2 year old colt. PC: Kleary Field, LLC – Irish Draughts and Irish Sport Horses

Keep an eye out for next week’s 24-hour photo challenge! We announce challenge subjects on Monday afternoon on both Instagram and Facebook.

Go riding!

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