$25 and Under
?Socks That Rock
Kick out the winter blues with Sneaker Socks from Ariat. With a faux-sneaker foot, these knee-high socks are as charming when you’re walking around in stocking feet as they are functional inside your riding or work boots. Navy or gray; one size; $9.95; www.ariat.com.
Replace your old, boring lead with a ?Color Duo Ribbon Lead from Perri’s Leather. Available in four color/print combinations, these 6-foot nylon snap leads are as ?endearing as they are durable. Frog (hot pink/lime green), earth (brown/baby blue), Aztec (baby blue/brown?shown) or peace (lime green/purple); $12.95. (Matching ?nylon halter with safety tab available for $34.95); www.perrisleather.com.
Stay safe and warm with a Snickey, a lightweight fleece scarf-alternative that eliminates the bulk of traditional scarves, whose loose ends can get caught on tack or tree branches while riding. The Velcro? closure in back makes it easily removable without taking off your helmet. Black, navy, light blue, red, light pink, hot pink, brown, purple, yellow, caramel, camouflage, houndstooth and animal print; S-L; $17 ($22 with embroidery/monogram); www.mysnickey.com.
See the Light
The water resistant Illuminated Hoof Pick makes hoof cleaning easier and more thorough with the ability to see deep into your horse’s hoof to inspect for foreign objects, injuries or infection. Features a bright LED light powered by two replaceable AAA batteries, a strong nylon brush, stainless steel pick and a one-click power button. Black; $24.99; www.mjequinetoolsinc.com.
Look cute and make your mom happy (“It’s cold. Put a hat on!”) while doing barn chores in this fleece-lined Scalloped-Edge Knit Hat from Carhartt. Feminine floral embroidery adds a chic detail to this durable 100 percent acrylic knit. Bright purple, glacier (beige) or Persian blue; one size; $26; www.carhartt.com.
Wear Your Winnings
Proudly display your successes on a custom belt made from your old horseshow ribbons. Send four to six vintage or new ribbons of your own, or you can order a belt made from the designer’s ribbons. ?D-ring buckle; 32-40 inches; $30; www.bespokeequestrian.com.
Play and Display
Pony kids and kids at heart alike will love the Frame Jump from Model Horse Jumps. The miniature jump panel holds a 4- by 6-inch photo, perfect for putting on your own model horse shows or showing off your favorite steed. Each set comes with two standards (choose from several styles, including smiley (shown), love, jumper, fence, stone, brick and peace), two working jump cups and one frame panel; $39.50 (accessories available separately); www.modelhorsejumps.com.
Send out your message with a hint of equestrian flair with personalized Bitsy flat note cards from Muffy Writes a Note. These 4.25-by-5.5-inch heavy-stock cards are printed with a ribbon-and-snaffle-bit design and can be personalized with a name or monogram. Preppy (navy, white or yellow), Firenze (black, white or brown) or Fontainbleu (blue, pink or white); set of 25 cards includes plain envelopes; $43; www.muffywritesanote.com.
Jump Into Style
Show how passionate you are about show jumping with the bright, eco-friendly JUMP T-shirt from Horseworship. The vibrant oranges and blues in this shirt will brighten any day. The fitted silhouette is made from 100 percent organic cotton. ?Ladies’ S-XL, youth 12; $48; www.horseworship.com.
Give the gift of grip (even for wet hands) with the MacWet Climatec Glove. Perspiration actually ?increases the grip of this glove! Despite three layers for warmth and water-resistance, these ?machine-washable gloves are breathable and close-fitting, allowing for tack adjustments without having to take them off. Black or brown; sizes 7-9, whole and half sizes; hook-and-loop closure back with long or short cuff; $49.95; www.shiresequestrian.com.
Get a Cue
A new take on a traditional dressage essential, the Easy Cue Dressage Whip from D-Cue Products features a curved, lightweight aluminum upper shaft that allows the whip to remain closer to the rider’s leg for easier use. The lower tapered fiberglass shaft provides flexibility and the feel of a traditional whip. The angled design of the oval, soft-grip handle positions the curve correctly across the rider’s leg when held in either hand. Meets USEF and USDF specifications for use in recognized dressage competition. Black; 39-inch shaft with 5-inch trimmable lash; $49.99; www.dcueproducts.com.
The Pessoa Men’s Santos Tech Polo Shirt from Horseware has long sleeves for cool weather yet will keep riders comfortable during heavy schooling with the fabric’s moisture-transportation properties. With masculine elements such as button cuffs, this 60 percent polyester/40 percent cotton polo looks as good as it feels. Brown; men’s S-XXL; $58; www.pessoabyhorseware.com.
For Horse and Rider
Horses and riders alike will love the products in Fiske’s Coaches’ Gift Box. The 100 percent natural, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic formulas include Hoof & Hide Balm, Skin & Wound Salve, Eucalyptus Lip Balm and Apple Cider and Cardamom soap. Comes in a wood gift box decorated with ribbons and a gift tag. $65; www.fiskes.ca.
We all strive for that feeling?that bounding sensation of the canter when the circle of aids is working and the horse and rider are in complete harmony. Artist Susan Burnette captures it perfectly in her Canter Circle Earrings ?design from Trotting Park Workshop. Polished bronze ($75) or bronze with rhodium finish ($79); three-eighths-inch diameter with wire hook; www.trottingparkhorseart.com.
$101 and Over
Hold your horse’s massage therapy in the palm of your hand with the Equilibrium Therapy Massage Mitt from World Equestrian Brands. This lightweight mitt slides on your hand like a glove and has a concealed zipper pocket for the rechargeable battery. With three levels of intensity and three variations of massages, you can work on all your horse’s hard-to-reach areas that often get sore. It feels great on your own back and shoulders, too! $150; www.worldequestrianbrands.com.
Fitting all of your horse essentials into a small tack trunk can be a challenge. To keep your saddle and other tack protected, bottles standing upright and supplies well-organized, Stable ?Valet has designed an unfinished wood portable tack locker. Choose a base model, then customize it for your needs using the wire rack system. The flat-packed unit ?arrives ready to assemble in just half an hour. Use as-is or personalize with your own choice of finishes. $699 (hardware upgrades, decorative elements and ?custom finishing additional); www.stablevalet.com.
This article originally appeared in the November 2011 issue of Practical Horseman magazine.