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Horses get Christmas spirit in West Dundee

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Horses donning Santa hats greet each other in a pasture at Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Christmas Day. Horse owner Dennis Nastali of Sleepy Hollow said the hat idea began six years ago.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Shortstop, a 14-year-old American appendix quarterhorse-thoroughbred mix, finds a pal also wearing a Santa hat at Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Christmas Day.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Lobizon and Doc munch on hay while wearing their Santa hats Saturday at Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Christmas Day. The farm's horses started wearing the hats on Christmas Day six years ago.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Horses named Lobizon and Doc munch on hay while wearing their Santa hats in a pasture at Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Christmas Day. Seven horses boarded at the private barn were in a pasture closest to Route 31 and given hay close to the fence where drivers could see them. What started as a fun idea to see if they horses would keep the hats on has now turned into a six-year tradition, says one owner, Dennis Nastali of Sleepy Hollow.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

A palomino named Doc shows off his Santa hat while pasture mates munch on hay at Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Saturday. The horses' hats have become a Christmas Day tradition.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

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Forget about Rudolph, Dasher, Prancer and the rest of that reindeer crew you usually hear about on Christmas Day. Instead, remember the names Jet, Shortstop, Java, Dakota, Lobizon, Doc and Willie. They are horses -- not reindeer- and they were noticeably in the Christmas spirit Saturday at Canterfield Farm in West Dundee off Route 31.
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    • Horses donning Santa hats greet each other in a pasture at Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Christmas Day. Horse owner Dennis Nastali of Sleepy Hollow said the hat idea began six years ago.
    • Shortstop, a 14-year-old American appendix quarterhorse-thoroughbred mix, finds a pal also wearing a Santa hat at Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Christmas Day.
    • Lobizon and Doc munch on hay while wearing their Santa hats Saturday at Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Christmas Day. The farm’s horses started wearing the hats on Christmas Day six years ago.
    • Horses named Lobizon and Doc munch on hay while wearing their Santa hats in a pasture at Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Christmas Day. Seven horses boarded at the private barn were in a pasture closest to Route 31 and given hay close to the fence where drivers could see them. What started as a fun idea to see if they horses would keep the hats on has now turned into a six-year tradition, says one owner, Dennis Nastali of Sleepy Hollow.
    • A palomino named Doc shows off his Santa hat while pasture mates munch on hay at Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Saturday. The horses' hats have become a Christmas Day tradition.
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