Somewhere along the way, it became impossible to shop for Christmas in my family. One of us would see what we wanted, and then we’d just buy it, with no thought to how difficult we’d make life for our loved ones come the holidays. It doesn’t help that we have such specialized sports and interests, and picky tastes. However, if I say so myself, being an equestrian makes buying gifts a lot more easy because there’s no shortage of things we need. And want. And omg-I-have-to-have-it. Here are those things for 2016.
Let’s get the foremost item out of the way first. It doesn’t matter if we have zero ponies, or three, an equestrian is always going to want more ponies. I’m one of the incredibly lucky ones that has gotten a pony (ok, really a 17.1 hand jumper… so definitely not a pony) for Christmas, and all I can say is #worthit.
Christmas, 2001. All that’s missing is the bow. Somehow, I managed to get chaps over those jeans, too.
This particular gift takes a lot of coordination with your trainer, your vet, and your equestrian, so it’s not really a great surprise per se, but a horse for the holidays is the ultimate gift.
For the rest of us, there’s no shortage of – ahem – more affordable options.
The Trend Setter
Does your rider always manage to show up to the barn or a competition wearing something, and then a month later, you see everyone else wearing it around, too? These are the gifts that will instantly be trotted out.
I saw this new company called ColorTACK over on Sport Horse Lifestyle the other day and the urge for bronze stirrups is strong. Spurs in every color? They have that too. Oh, the possibilities!
Don’t be fooled by the fact that G/Fore is a golf company. Their gloves are so soft and come in every color imaginable.
The Hacked Horse is all about making sure you know what’s happening on the Colorado circuit first. Every trendsetter needs one of our logo t-shirts first, then.
Available right here, December 8.
If there aren’t pics, or video, it didn’t happen. A Cambox Helmet Cam is the perfect gift to capture all those in-the-saddle moments.
There are even ones with crystals over on the website, to match her Samshield. Available here: http://www.camboxisis.com
The Practical Horseman
There are plenty of things that every rider needs. Things break, wear out, or run out. Here are the items everyone has to have, with some detailing that make them perfect for gift giving.
All I care about is horses and cupcakes, but I need 3 wines, 6 horses, and like 12 million dollars. The adorable t-shirts over at 20×60 are perfect for weekend hacks, and running errands after.
Get them here: https://shop.20×60.com/collections/t-shirts?page=1
I have a lot of thoughts on socks. They should be comfortable, not too thick, and also hold up to hours under a tallboot. Socks should also be fun. Stuff their stockings with these snappy options:
Lots of other hilarious socks at https://www.joyofsocks.com/duchess-of-sassy-town-socks-womens?gclid=CjwKEAiAjvrBBRDxm_nRusW3q1QSJAAzRI1tT5GR9gkD0DbdJ9_P5fZa6uf6guRfFN8clPgX0V-A5xoCznvw_wcB
Who doesn’t love a spa day? Gifts that will clean and soothe after a long day of competition are pretty and practical.
Coat spray, lip balm, or heal quick balms at www.theherbalhorse.us
Sometimes all you want is beautiful tack, and halters shouldn’t be an exception. More than utilitarian, the Vienna padded leather halter, also over at 20×60, fits the bill.
Leave the flashy colors, and pay homage to the roots of our sport with these gift options for someone who likes updated classics.
Personally, I could get lost in Cindy Lay’s Exceptional Equestrian rabbit hole of lovely things. The FITS Kallie knee patch breech at ExEq has some great detailing without being over-the-top.
Order these from www.exceptionalequestrian.com
We tend to carry around a lot of stuff at shows, and in general. A bag that is useful is nice. A bag that’s useful and stylish is perfect.
Orange Bits Zipper tote at Paul and Lydia: https://www.paulandlydia.com/collections/totes/products/orange-bits-zipper-tote
If pink spurs aren’t exactly what you can picture gift-receiver wearing, but they’ve wanted a unique touch to their everyday wear, Mane Jane spur straps are a must. I mean, just look at these.
That’s it and happy shopping! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some things to go buy.