Top Gifts for Horse Owners and Horse Lovers

Gift List for Horse Lovers

Pretty pony in Santa hat for Christmas
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Writing your letter to Santa or wondering what the horse lover in your life would like to find under the tree this Christmas? Or maybe there is a birthday coming up? Here are a few gift ideas in a variety of price ranges.

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    Riding lessons are the quickest way to improve your skills. Image Credit: Thomas Northcut/Getty Images

    Every horse owner welcomes an opportunity to improve their skills. Why not give gift certificates for a local riding stable, or a private lesson with a top flight coach? There are always seminars and clinics on every aspect of care, riding, driving, or training. Some of the more popular are Natural Horsemanship, Centered Riding, Tteam and Mary Wanless-Ride With Your Mind among many others.

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    Fill a bucket with goodies you've selected yourself. Wrap it up with clear cellophane wrap and top it with a baler twine bow. Need ideas for items to fill that bucket with? Check out Top Ten Stocking Stuffers for Horse Owners.

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    Equine Behavior-A Guide for Veterinarians and Equine Scientists is an up-to-date, comprehensive guide to horse behavior. Although the title says 'Scientists and Veterinarians' horse lovers will be fascinated by this thorough examination of all aspects of behavior including socialization, evolution, vices, perception, learning, feeding behavior and much more.
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    A reference book on veterinary horse care is a handy addition to any horse owner's library. This is one of the most comprehensive books available. Readers will appreciate the quick reference "Index of Signs and Symptoms" for identifying emergency situations.
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    Treeless or Soft Tree Saddles

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    Treeless Saddles. Image: K. Blocksdorf

    Treeless or soft tree saddles are a new trend in saddlery. They fit a variety of horses and enthusiasts claim they are the ultimate in comfort. Expect to pay a minimum of $800 for a treeless saddle. There are several manufactures specializing in treeless saddles. Some are more suitable for trail riding but several have the look of traditional English or Western saddles. Some of the more popular brands are Bob Marshall, Ansur, and American Flex. Most offer a 'try before you buy' option.

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    Strange as it sounds Bag Balm is a practical but useful gift. Originally developed to keep the skin on milk cow's udders from getting chapped, it's become a favorite of anyone who has to work outdoors in cold weather. Pair Bag Balm with a pair of work or riding gloves for an unusual and practical gift. Great idea for your coach or boarding stable owner.

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    Winter horseback riding, Norway
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    For cold weather riding a jacket designed for the job helps keep riders warm and comfortable. Vents in the back allow the jacket to sit over the back of the saddle, instead of the rider sitting on their coattails. Shoulders are cut wider to allow movement of upper back and arms. Some jackets are available with reflective tape and patches for extra visibility on dull winter evenings.
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    Kerrits are a favorite riding tight brand for everyday schooling and pleasure riding. They come in a variety of colors and styles and they are a reasonable price. Matching tops keep riders looking smart and feeling comfortable.

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    Here's a beautiful way to bring horses into the house. Oak framed mirrors etched with three Arabian horses come in a variety in shapes and sizes.Equestrian artwork and wall stickers are also very popular.

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    Help your horse lover store their stuff. Tack trunks keep equipment safe and clean when not in use. With everything packed and organized it's easy to prepare for trail rides and horse shows. Some come with padded seats so a non-rider has somewhere to sit and wheels for easy moving.