Horses, no matter the breed, are a favorite animal of many, and it’s easy to see why. They are intelligent, trusting and inspiring animals.
If you or someone you know rides horses, gifts for horse lovers are right up your alley. And we did the work for you. Here are six awesome ideas for holiday gifts, birthday presents, hostess gifts and “just because” offerings.
1. Halt Everything
The Perri’s Leather Turnout horse halter is a premium-grade leather horse tack that is handmade by Amish craftsmen. The supple, double-stitched design features, all-brass hardware and allows for a customized fit, thanks to the adjustable chin buckle. The throat snap will help you rest easy knowing the halter will stay in place. Aside from being an ideal turnout halter, many folks use it in the stable, in the competition ring and even as an award halter.
2. Turn the Page
We can’t think of a nicer housewarming or hostess gift for a horse aficionado than this coffee table volume. “The Horse Encyclopedia” by Elwyn Hartley Edwards is a comprehensive guide to 150 horse and pony breeds from all over the world.
It offers a fascinating retelling of the backstory of this graceful animal, starting from evolution, then takes you through special appearances in history, art and culture, and up through his modern-day notoriety in horse racing, polo and show jumping. The photography is stunning, but it’s much more than a visual book—it includes practical tips on horse care and conditioning.
3. Color Away Stress
Are you shopping for a teen who covers the walls of her room with pictures of horses? Or do you know someone who loves to use coloring books as a stress reliever?
The “Animals: A Mindful Coloring Book” by Georgie Woolridge proves that coloring books most definitely are not just for little kids. Inspired by the author’s world travels, it features more than 35 intricate drawings of animals from all over the world, including ponies. Each drawing is paired with interesting details about the animal’s habits and environment. The swirling designs, paisley patterns and other artistic styles replicate those seen in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
It’s one coloring book that elevates a kindergartener’s classic pastime into an animal lover’s go-to relaxation tool.
When sizing up gifts for horse lovers, don’t overlook the horse himself. Hard-working horses deserve a few treats just as much as the family dog. And, let’s face it, apples can get boring.
4. Say “Yay!” not “Neigh!”
Mrs. Pastures horse cookies are dehydrated in such a way that they keep their hard, crunchy texture. That means your horse-loving friend can keep them in a pocket when taking their horse for an outing, and they won’t crumble. These tasty tidbits contain no preservatives, but thanks to that special dehydration process, they have a long shelf life (unlike apples).
5. Have a Ball
The Horsemen’s Pride Jolly Ball horse toy is a perfect present for your friends with a horse. Made in the USA, the durable, air-free design is constructed to hold its shape, and the handle features a large hole for hanging in a stall or easily tossing on many happy afternoons in a pasture, so it’s versatile as well.
6. Get Last Licks
At first glance, horse supplies might not seem like the most exciting gift for a horse parent, but we beg to differ. Case in point: Horsemen’s Pride Salt on a Rope horse treat.
This boredom buster is a fun treat designed to help a horse meet his sodium and chloride needs. It features pure Himalayan salt, which is extra dense to resist breaking from biting. The horse will love it, and that means his doting parent will, too.
Whether you’re looking for horse gifts for guys, horse gifts for girls or horse gifts for your own equine buddy, consider your search complete!
Christina Vercelletto is a pet, travel and lifestyle content specialist and a former editor of Parenting, Scholastic Parent & Child, and Woman’s Day. She lives on Long Island with her Chiweenie, Pickles, and 20-pound Calico, Chub-Chub.
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