If you have a horse lover in your life you know that horse gifts are just as appreciated as a gift for the rider. Christmas is a great time to add to a tack collection or to give a new or experienced rider some stylish clothing for exercising their horse, taking a leisurely hack or looking terrific in their next competition.
There are a few tips to choosing the right type of gift. Take a close look at the brand names the rider’s current tack and horse care items. This will give you a good idea of where to start shopping. You can also ask around the stable to find out information about the current “must have” items for riders or check out different websites for hot new ideas for Christmas gift giving.
Below you will find several never-fail items to give any rider or horse owner for Christmas. Make sure you also look for Christmas horse themed gift wrap and cards, sure to set your present apart from the others under the tree.
Horse Gifts For Christmas
While every horse owner and rider has his or her own particular preference in tack, a horse rug is a gift that even someone not familiar with horses can buy with confidence.
Horse rugs come in different sizes from small to medium and large. Small will fit ponies and small horses while the medium will fit most adult horses. There are specialized rugs for foals which are a great idea for a new arrival.
Large sizes are usually for the heavier horses or those that are longer and wider through the body. If in doubt, check the current horse rug in use or ask the horse owner without tipping your hand as to your gift.
Equestrian Exercise Rugs
If you want to provide a fun, personalised gift that adds a splash of colour look at the different options in exercise rugs. These typically come in a range of colours from neon pinks, greens and yellows to unique patterns. These fit under the saddle and extend along the back of the horse to some degree. Different styles will offer more or less coverage.
Keep in mind if you purchase these early you can have the custom embroidered with the horse name and the name of the rider for a wonderful Christmas surprise.
Horse Grooming Supplies
It is impossible to go wrong with grooming supplies as horse owners and riders are always looking or something new and effective to use with their horse. There are new types of products such as coat conditioners, mane and tail detanglers, brushes, combs and even hoof picks and tack trays.
A great gift idea is to use a tack tray or a tack basket in a favourite colour and fill it with different grooming supplies. This is like a Christmas stocking for the rider in your life and it is sure to be an appreciated gift. If you aren’t sure of what types of hoof products or coat conditioners to put in the basket, just take a look at what is in their tack box now or choose the popular items on your favorite website.
A full grooming kit is available from different suppliers and makes a terrific present for a first-time horse owner. It is also a great option for a person traveling with their horse to different competitions as everything is neat and orderly and easy to find.
Saddle Cloths and Numnahs
New designs and options in saddle cloths and numnahs are an ideal gift for the avid rider. These are available in different colours, patterns and designs. Most are designed with additional padding and moisture wicking fabrics that keep the horse cool and comfortable.
For those that aren’t sure about the terms, the numnah is a pad that is shaped like the saddle is generally covered by the saddle. The saddlecloth or pad is larger and more squared off and will show around the edges of the saddle depending on the specific design.
Clothing for the Horse Rider
There are a lot of different styles and options in both casual rider wear as well as competition clothing for riders. Unless you are familiar with the specifics of what competition clothing has to include and what cannot be worn in a specific event, stay with the leisurewear or general riding clothing.
For winter wear, consider base layer clothing, technical tops and warm fleece types of pull-overs. Riding vests are also stylish and can be worn in the spring and fall as well as throughout the winter.
Horse Riding Hats
For a casual rider or a competition rider having the right safety wear is important. Many riders tend to let their riding hats, also called skull caps, get more than a bit tattered and old before replacing. New styles of riding hats and caps that provide additional protection for the head as well as new colours, looks and styles are always an appreciated gift.
Equestrian Gift Cards
Online shopping is a great way to find amazing gifts for the horse riders, lovers and owners in your life. Sometimes, finding the right item can be a challenge to get the correct fit for either the rider or the horse.
While gift cards may not be the most personal of gifts, they are a great way to allow your friend or family member to select the right style, size and fit. You can always include a picture of what you think they may want to choose, adding your own personal touch to the card while providing a much appreciated and thoughtful gift.
Have you got any ideas of your own? What was the best gift you were given with an equestrian theme? Let us know in the comments below.