By Ambassador Olivia Carr
If you’re hoping to marry a CHG (Crazy Horse Girl), there’s nothing better than proposing where she is happiest- at the barn!- with her favorite creature- her horse! Follow these easy steps to create the barn proposal of her dreams.
1. Enlist help.
Especially if you have never groomed or tacked up the horse, have no idea where your girl keeps her tack, or are allergic to said horse. Or all of the above. I guarantee that any and all of her barn friends will be more than happy to help you pull this off.
No one wants a proposal with a dirty horse!
2. Plan ahead.
Chances are, your future wife is headed to the barn on any given day, so you need a way to control timing. Get her trainer to set up a fake lesson so you know when she’ll arrive.
Pro tip: you don't want to be out there waiting for hours with a horse who thinks those roses are starting to look delicious
3. Make the horse comfortable.
If you want to include balloons, confetti poppers, or [insert other scary object here], make sure the steed is accustomed to them. Alternatively, wing it because your almost-fiance has referred to the horse many times as “such an angel, so sweet and calm,” and you’re pretty sure that means he’s cool with balloons. It’ll probably be fine.
4. Film it!
Have a crew waiting in the wings. Someone to take pictures of the whole thing, someone to take a video, and someone to whom you can hand off the horse. Have you tried kneeling and holding a fidgety horse at the same time? Better to have someone to hang on to him as you profess your love.
Also be prepared for your new stepchild to photobomb every picture because his favorite treat dispenser is RIGHT OVER THERE I MUST GO TO HER
5. BEST DAY EVER, but know it's time to ride.
Understand that your brand new fiancee is giddy with emotion and has her horse tacked up in front of her.
In her mind, this is the best possible way to celebrate.
You may think that it’s time to go talk to friends and family. You would be wrong. It is time to ride the horse. THEN it is time to talk to friends and family.
Congratulations! You’ve planned a proposal worthy of any CHG.
Photo credit for all pictures: K. Borden