Christmas Gift Ideas For The Horse Crazy

So You Have A Horse Crazy Friend?

Or a pony-obsessed relative? But you know nothing about horses, and all you've heard is that horse gear is incredibly expensive. What sort of Christmas gifts might be appreciated - and, for that matter, reasonably priced?

Here are just a few suggestions.

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Horse Treats

Nothing goes down better for the horse owner or regular rider than a big bag of horse treats. If you are really short of funds, you can even make them yourself - there are a lot of good recipes online.

One great idea is to make up a gift basket that contains a bag of horse treats and a bag of horse-shaped cookies or candy for the human part of the equation.

Any tack store will have treats, and if you want to be particularly holiday appropriate, buy the peppermint flavor. (Horses love peppermint, with rare exceptions).

Grooming Equipment

Grooming gear is cheap and tends to wear out quickly. Your horse-loving friend will appreciate a new hoofpick or grooming brush.

Folding hoofpicks that can be taken on trail rides are often greatly appreciated (after all, what goes out on the trail ride does not always come back).

You could also buy a bottle of equine shampoo or conditioner, hoof oil or fly spray...all consumables that the average horse owner gets through fairly quickly. If in doubt, the best shampoo is Mane 'n' Tail shampoo - equally good for horses and long-haired humans.

Riding Gear

Helmets and boots should always be purchased by the person who intends to wear them, as should breeches.

However, riding shirts are often appreciated. It does not have to be specialist riding gear either. Most riders will appreciate fitted T-shirts, both short and long-sleeved. Fleece outdoor jackets are handy for outdoor rides.

For a smaller outlay, consider a couple of pairs of thermal socks (especially for English riders, as metal stirrups completely drain all the heat from your toes).

Do not, however, buy regular gloves. Normal wool gloves are impossible to ride in, especially when wet...the reins just slip right through your fingers. Cheap riding gloves can be purchased from tack stores.

Books and DVDs

There are thousands of equestrian books out there. The young pony lover might appreciate classic pony fiction and there are plenty of horse-related novels for adults, too. A book by a trainer your friend admires might also be well-received.

For the new horse owner or the person considering buying a horse, there are numerous books about keeping a horse that might be useful to them.

You could also consider a horse related movie. Or, perhaps, a DVD of a training clinic or a major equestrian event.

Toys and Models

A pony-crazy youngster might appreciate a model horse. Or, if they already have model horses, tack and rugs for their model horse might go down well.

A Breyer model of their favorite breed or even their favorite famous horse (Breyer often immortalizes specific individual animals) would work even for a young-at-heart adult. Some adults collect model horses and their tack.

Plush toys are good for younger pony loving children as, of course, are the traditional My Little Pony toys. Kids might also like a T-shirt with a picture of a horse on it.

Charity Gifts

One final suggestion is a gift in the person's name to a local shelter or equine charity. Many charities will do gift packages including horse photos or other merchandise.

For a bit more of an outlay (ranging from a few dollars a month to several hundred a year) you can sponsor a horse for your friend. This often includes the right to visit and hang out with the sponsored horse. Horses that are available for sponsorship are normally permanent residents of sanctuaries or rescues due to age, injury or other reasons that make them unadoptable...but they still appreciate the love and attention. It's a great way to give somebody 'their' horse for much less than buying a horse in terms of both money and responsibility (although watch out...your teenager might visit the horse rescue and never leave).

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Silke Juppenlatz 5 years ago

A gift certificate for the next set of shoes or hoof trim.

It not only helps out the horse owner, it also keeps the local farrier in business.

A gift certificate for the saddlery. Ditto to above. Stuff rips, and not everyone can fix their own gear, and sometimes it's beyond repair -- it'll help.

Riding lessons, Natural Horsemanship lessons, a voucher for "I will muck out/turn out/feed your horse X number of times" (We like to sleep in on occasion...)

If they are on DIY livery (meaning they have to buy the feed etc), arrange for a few bales of hay, feed or straw/woodchips to be delivered/added on the next lot the owner buys.

There are so many gifts you can give to someone who owns a horse and some can be really cheap. (If mine didn't have haylage included, I would most definitely welcome a couple of bales of hay.)

I recently sold a heavyweight rug to a lady who bought it as a Christmas present for her sister in law. (I checked to make sure she knew the size was right.)

Look at the second hand gear as well. An extra rug, an extra head collar, or a bridle, even a new lead rope or a set of buckets... it all helps, even if it's not brand new.


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jenniferrpovey 5 years ago Author

Tons of great ideas too!

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