By Susan Dudasik

SALMON, Idaho- It’s time to create an outfit for the Halloween Costume class, but what? A knight, princess, or movie character? Let your imagination soar, but whatever you decide, there are things you must do to have a safe costume.

First, never assume your horse will tolerate even a simple costume. I purchased fringed show chaps and to keep them clean, kept them rolled up until just before entering the class. During the class, my mule kept twitching. Terrified, I thought she was colicing, but others noticed every time I leg cued her, the fringe tickled her. Fortunately she was very tolerant. So, test your complete costume beforehand. Don’t assume anything.

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