Even Disney horses are getting into the Halloween spirit, as they train to carry a headless horseman.
When you think iconic horse-related costumes, the headless horseman comes to mind. There's something so chilling about the cloaked horseman emerging from the fog on a massive black steed. And that's just what Disney is trying to create - the headless horseman will be part of this year's Mickey's Halloween Party, and the horses are already in training for the task.
Disney has two black draft horses which will be performing in the party. In order to learn to carry the horseman, though, the horses need some specialized training. They need to be taught to neck rein, so that the horseman, who carries a pumpkin head in one hand, can control them with a single hand on the reins.
They also need to be responsive to leg cues, and are being trained to slow down or stop when their rider shifts his or her weight back in the saddle. This specialized training gives the rider more control, which is key when a complicated costume is involved.
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the horses' training sessions.
Disney always goes all-out with their costumes, so we're sure that the horseman's costume will be no exception. If you'll be in Disney this October, then be sure to check out the show to see the finished product. It's sure to be a sight to behold.
Are you and your horse in the mood for Halloween? If you'll be riding in a Halloween parade or will be competing in a Halloween costume class, then coming up with a great costume is a must. The headless horseman is always a classic, but if you're looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out our post on the 25 best horse Halloween costumes.
Have a great Halloween season!