night before christmas
Kayla at 30 years of age

I found this beautifully written version long ago on the Internet. It has stayed with me over the years, a symbol of 'horse listening' before there ever was a 

Horse names have been changed to the names of my favourite four-legged equines!

Thank you, on this Christmas eve, for your readership.

By Doris Elradi

It's the night before Christmas and I'm out in the barn
Blanketing my horses to keep them all warm.
They're eating their dinners, tucked cozy in stalls,
Not aware that it's Christmas, or any day special at all.
They dream of spring pastures from their pine-scented beds.
No visions of sugarplums dance in their heads.
But we people are thinking of merry parties and such
Quickly doing our tasks so we don't miss too much.
This season is special, but the horses don't know.
They munch on their hay safe out of the snow.
I finish my chores and head on inside
To get ready for dinner and my family's yuletide.
It's nearly midnight, the carols are sung.
I remember a story told when I was young
How at midnight on each Christmas Eve
The barnyard creatures can speak to us with ease.
I am called to the barn. I slosh through the snow.
I can't really explain; I know I must go.
I slide open the door, and stand there and smile
Then slowly walk down the dimly lit aisle.
A nicker from Cyrus, a soft snort from Roya,
Sweet, gentle Annahi gives me a wink
Big Boss rustles his bedding, Batique comes into sight
Even Darcy gives a greeting as I walk through the night.
I think about parties bright lit and warm,
The ones we don't go to cause we have the barn
And vacations and holidays that we usually don't get
Cause we have the animals and chores to be met.
Walking all the way to the end of the aisle
I stop to stroke Kayla and linger awhile
She snuffles my face, hot breath on my skin
And I look around at the others, my horses, my friends.
I could be at parties with laughter and mirth
But where I am right now is the best place on Earth.

HL Five Years
HL Bundle
HL Goal Setting
HL Book 3
HL Book 2
HL Book 1

From Our Barn to Yours.......Merry Christmas....

Horse Listening

Don’t miss a single issue of Horse Listening! If you like what you are reading, become a subscriber and receive updates when new Horse Listening articles are published!  Your email address will not be used on any other distribution list. Subscribe to Horse Listening by Email

Read more here:

17 Wise Reflections - Straight From The Horse's MouthMy horse, Annahi, is full of words of wisdom for those horses around her who are willing to listen.

Eight Legs Plus Two: A poem.

Horse Treats For Christmas: Bake these horse-approved treats for every equine in your barn!

An Ode to Kayla Queen – As She Turns 30Happy 30th birthday, dear Kayla, the exhilarating horse with a never-ending zest for living!

Softly Determined – A PoemI found this one on the Internet long ago, with no indication of the author. However, it has stayed with me, blending intensity with passion, being so eloquent and yet knowledgeable about the “path”.


  1. Perfect for this evening! Thanks for posting for I have not seen this version before! Happy holidays to all.

  2. Thank you for this! Lovely! As lovely as “effortlessly progressing through space and time. Perky-eared bay mare boldly expressing her creativity, living in flying changes.” Poetry in motion!

  3. Oh I love this!! Makes me wish I will be home for Christmas just to spend it with my horse. I’m going to visit my parents for two days so I gave him extra love and extra apples in his meal buckets before I left.