It never fails, every year, the horse lover is given the dreaded printed t-shirt or horse figurine or horse head pendant that looks like something a child trying to imitate Picasso might have tossed together in pre-school class.
You smile and say, “thank you”, as enthusiastically as you can and toss the item in the re-gift or Goodwill donation pile and wonder why people don’t give you something you REALLY want or better yet, really need.
For all those people who have a horse lover in their lives, take note. These are the gifts they would really like to receive for Christmas:
- New boots – Be they muck boots, riding boots, Ariat or Western, boots protect the feet better than regular shoes and last longer in the muck and mire of the horse stable.
- Polar Fleece jackets – and not the type with the gaudy cowboy and Indian multi-print. Most horse lovers prefer dark colors; black, plum, navy, maroon, and hunter so stains don’t show through. The exception might be the person who owns or riders gray horses, in which case charcoal and dove gray are always good choices.
- Horse treats – especially those made from organic ingredients – we love to give our horses healthy, easy to store treats.
- Fruit scented lip glosses and vitamin E or olive oil based natural hand creams and body lotions. We need to keep our skin hydrated after long days in the wind and sun, but we don’t like gaggy perfumes that make us smell like drawer liners at grandma’s house..
- A new camera – preferably one with telephoto lens and sports feature options that allow us to take split second photos of horses going over jumps and around barrels and poles. A video option is nice too, so we can video ourselves or our friends riding and play it back to critique what changes need to implemented.
- Gift Certificates to TSC, Tractor Supply Company – so we can buy feed, fence posts, salt blocks, new halters, bridles and all those wonderful gifts that people never get us in favor of the really ugly turtleneck with the embroidered creatures that look more like duck/dogs than mare and foals.
Basically, anything we can use to groom or feed our horses, anything practical to use around the barn and comfortable wearing items sans the scary imitation of a horse on it are welcome items.