ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Costumed Horses.

Updated on March 11, 2019

Not everyone has a horse that will calmly tolerate being costumed, but for those that do the results can be stunning. Here are some of my favorites. I will update the list as I find more wonderful costumed horses. Please let me know if you have some favorites of your own!

Fancy Dress

The most bizarre costumes are novelty fancy dress, such as for Halloween or a costume contest. here are some of my favorites.

My topic pick being the skeleton shown right as it does not require any awkward material and is very effective! But then I discovered it's a whole sub-genre of horse costume! You can see a similar cloth-based skeleton costume here, white skele-horse, and finally a skele-horse with matching rider here!

But there are other costume ideas just as great; here are a few more that I really love:

A Word About Safety

Horse costumes are great fun, but remember to keep them safe. The horse must be of a suitable, calm disposition--and be gradually habituated to the costume so that it does not become startled or stress.Not every horse will tolerate ungainly or heavy costuming.

If your horse won't put up with anything more than a horse-blanket you can still make a costume just with that. For example the horse blanket can be decked up as a hula skirt or crayon box.

Costumes should not bind or restrict movement, by uncomfortable or too hot. If the costume is large or complex, it should not be worn for extended periods.

Elaborate costumes should be made to break apart if placed under stress to avoid the animal becoming trapped or injured if it should startle, bolt or fall.And it is equally important that the rider can easily dismount without becoming entangled.

For more information this articles:How to Make a Safe Horse Costume

Groom on horse -- Nomad Tales

Traditional Costume

Many cultures with an equestrian tradition have methods for dressing them up for special occasions such as ceremonies, festivals and religious processions.Most of these traditional costumes, tack or harness are not unwieldy and not subject to the same precautions as less practical costumes.

For example the horse shown right is dress for a bridegrooms procession to a traditional wedding in some areas of India and Pakistan.The patterns vary but this costume is always in the colors of red, white and gold.

Other wonderful traditional tack includes:

  • In Borneo the native Bajau ponies are often dressed up in ornate, tasseled cloth costumes for cultural festivals.
  • British Draft Horse--The most ornate draft tack you are likely to see in the United States is on the Budweiser Clydesdales, but this is actually quite a basic draft harness and I am somewhat distressed that they show their horses with surgically docked tails--which is, IMHO, so unnecessary.
  • Czech Festival Costume--How many different colors can you get on one costume?
  • Afghanistan Cart Horse
  • Victorian carriage hearse

Where to Get Costumes

Many costumes can be commercially purchased. If you are going to make your own, it is a good idea to acquire a commercially purchased horse blanket, hood or other foundation garment to use as a stable base.

Historical Reinactment

Many people enjoy reenacting costumes and scenes for history--including decking out their horses.

My current favorite is the set of Full Scale Armor. In fact I could do a whole page just on horse armor from different cultures such as this quilted armor from the Sudan.

But I also recommending looking at these examples:

palindrome6996 / Foter / CC BY

Horses of Myth

And there is always a temptation to try to bring to life equids from mythology. For example:

  • Hypogriff--Not a pegasus, note the eagle's beak and from hoof covers.
  • Pegasus (black)--NB: You can actually buy a ready made pegasus costume for a pony from the manufacturer "Wish Pony".

No Trojan horses that I can find. I would have thought that would be an obvious option?

Miniature Horses

It may not be quite as difficult to costume a miniature horse, but the results are extra-adorable. Also they lend themselves to being dressed up as smaller animals like a chicken or kitty cat

But I think this SpongeBob and Gary the snail costume (shown right) is just amazing!

Movies and Television

Horses are also an important part of purely invented cultures portrayed on the large or small screen, such as:

Dressed Up For Work

For equine performers, wearing a costume can be a daily activity. Circus horse costumes tend to be light;y costumed with little cloth but an abundance of bright plumes attached to the head and shoulders.

Sumedang Dancing Horses are another group of performing animals which wear ornate costumes.--Many other cultures (e.g. Egypt) also have dancing horse shows. They often wear beautiful tack but not full costumes.

And other horses wore a mask for function not fashion--such as this WW2 horse gas mask.

Horses in Disguise

In Indian history, horse were sometimes dressed up as elephants so that the enemy's elephants would refuse to attack them.

Horses of the Rainbow

Or, of course, you could keep it simple by using nothing more than non-toxic paint to produce:


On a related note, here are some other animals and objects dressed up as horses:


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Solaras profile image

      Barbara Fitzgerald 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thumbs up and beautiful. Horses are always lovely in or out of costume!

    • profile image

      anoymous, ca 

      9 years ago

      I am in a horse costume class this upcoming sunday with a bunch of other riders from my barn. We all like the idea of being Bed-heads. Any suggestions on how to make this costume a winner?

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      The picture of handler and horse dressed as SpongeBob and his pet snail that meows has me laughing out loud. So funny! Hope it's not uncomfortable for the tiny horse.

      Rated Up.

    • psycheskinner profile imageAUTHOR

      Penny Skinner 

      9 years ago

      Yes, I bet that one is for anatomy teaching.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Isn't the 'white skele-horse' one of those used to teach anatomy. I know it looks very like the ones used at Hartpury College.

    • psycheskinner profile imageAUTHOR

      Penny Skinner 

      9 years ago

      I think the skeleton idea is nice because it doesn't put a lot of material or other attachments on the horse.

    • RussellLHuey profile image


      9 years ago


      I love the one which is skeleton costumed. It's very unique. I had fun time reading it. Thanks

    • DTroth profile image

      Diana Owens 

      9 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

      Hi psycheskinner,

      I looked at all the costumes on your links, and I gotta tell ya...Bo Peep's Sheep wins! Hilarious! (:

      I have never decorated any of my horses in costumes and I probably never will, but I really enjoyed these pictures. Thanks for sharing!

      peace to you...always,



    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)