Don't you want to hug a horse in a Santa hat right now? You can in St. Charles Township.

  • St. Charles Township neighbors Jackie Vrchota, left, and Christa Stevens put a Santa hat on a horse named Friday during their Hug a Horse event at Stevens' stable. The women launched the idea in September to share their love of horses.

      St. Charles Township neighbors Jackie Vrchota, left, and Christa Stevens put a Santa hat on a horse named Friday during their Hug a Horse event at Stevens' stable. The women launched the idea in September to share their love of horses. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Each family that tries the Hug a Horse experience at Christa Stevens' stable in St. Charles Township takes home one of these unique ornaments.

      Each family that tries the Hug a Horse experience at Christa Stevens' stable in St. Charles Township takes home one of these unique ornaments. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Christa Stevens of St. Charles Township walks her daughter Beau, 6, as she rides Friday.

      Christa Stevens of St. Charles Township walks her daughter Beau, 6, as she rides Friday. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Friday, one of the Hug a Horses, is all dressed up with a Santa hat and ready to go.

      Friday, one of the Hug a Horses, is all dressed up with a Santa hat and ready to go. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Beau Stevens, 6, of St. Charles hugs Friday the horse at her mother Christa Stevens' stable in St. Charles Township. Stevens and her neighbor Jackie Vrchota started Hug a Horse in September.

      Beau Stevens, 6, of St. Charles hugs Friday the horse at her mother Christa Stevens' stable in St. Charles Township. Stevens and her neighbor Jackie Vrchota started Hug a Horse in September. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles Township neighbors Christa Stevens, right, and Jackie Vrchota started Hug a Horse stable in September. For 45 minutes people can groom, pet, ride and yes, hug horses.

      St. Charles Township neighbors Christa Stevens, right, and Jackie Vrchota started Hug a Horse stable in September. For 45 minutes people can groom, pet, ride and yes, hug horses. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 12/4/2020 8:05 PM

As the warm afternoon sun stretched across a small fenced pasture in St. Charles Township, 6-year-old Beau Stevens stretched out her arms, reached up and gave a giant hug to a horse wearing a blazing red Santa hat named Friday.

Jackie Vrchota and her neighbor Christa Stevens launched Hug a Horse in September to share their love of horses and give people a chance to get out of the house during quarantine and stretch their legs a bit.

 

For 45 minutes, people have the opportunity to spend time getting to know, groom, pet, ride and yes, hug some of the horses at Stevens' stable at 6N655 Palomino Drive.

"We start to teach them how to ride and do little commands with them," Stevens said. "We teach them how to walk the horse, stop the horse and then turn the horse. Then they get to ride around and we take a picture with the horse. We try to get at least one big family picture or group picture."

Vrchota said riders and clients of all ages are loving the interaction they get with the horses. The horses are very therapeutic and calming for people, she said.

"We had an 84-year-old lady that came out for her birthday," Vrchota said. "She had the best time riding around. She loved it."

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The Hug a Horse experience runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and costs $100. The event continues through Christmas.

Between each session, equipment is sanitized and wiped down in preparation for the next group.

For information, search Facebook for @HugAHorseCamptonHills. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.com.

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