Four Grateful Songs For Horse Families This Thanksgiving

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Songs that lend a voice to the equestrian world in a way only music can.

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and for most of us at least one four-legged, carrot and apple-eating machine will be in the mix.  So this Thanksgiving, let’s sing songs of gratitude for family units that include horses.

1. Lydia Maria Child – Over The River And Through The Wood

There are so few songs that are truly written about Thanksgiving, but this gem from 1844 is one of them.  It celebrates at time when your “horse [knew] the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow,” as to grandmother or grandfather’s house you go.  Back then most families were making a holiday mash on Thanksgiving morning so they could make the trip to see extended family at mealtime.

It’s author, Lydia Maria Child, is also quite and interesting character.  Check on this hilarious video from Ed and Alan to learn more about this dynamic and progressive woman!

2. Ryan Bingham – Bread And Water

Next up is this video from Ryan Bingham that reminds us that singing cowboys are often happy to make horses part of their traveling band.  Since the song also features a trip and food, it’s an appropriate tune for Thanksgiving time.   Plus it features an apple pie, and I’m pretty sure I see Bingham’s own horse Pancho in a few shots!  Enjoy!

3. Natalie Merchant – Kind & Generous

What holiday playlist could be complete without a nod to the circus?  Of course, horses are a staple of this nomadic family-style show, and Thanksgiving time is no exception.  One of my favorite features about this video is Natalie Merchants opening sequence where it appears that she is actually singing about the kindness and generosity of her mount.  Many of us should do the same this season!

4. The Clash – Lost In The Supermarket

Finally, there is this questionably official video for The Clash’s Lost In The Supermarket.  The sentiment of this song is perfect to embody the craze of holiday food shopping, but don’t you agree that the whole scene would be easier to take with a plush unicorn as part of the family?  I think next year I’ll be taking a nod from this little guy, and avoiding the shopping by curling up in the isle with a fine unicorn friend.

Okay, time to get back to the turkey!  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you Counter-Canter Culture equines and equestrians out there!  Spin this classic tune and know we are wishing you all a day filled with Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie!

Are there any Thanksgiving horse music videos missing from the list?  Let us know in the comments or the Forum!

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