Gifts Under $25:
The Arctic White Shampoo from Espree is free of harsh chemicals and uses natural cleansers with a coconut base to enhance dull coats. While the shampoo is a whitener, its unique optical brightening formula will refresh coats of all colors. Tough dirt, oil accumulation and difficult stains will wash away without the need for bleach or other strong substances. The shampoo can be used full strength or diluted and works best when massaged into the horse’s coat; $14; www.espree.com.
Keep Toes Cozy and Dry
Noble Outfitters’ Over the Calf Printed Merino Wool Peddies combine the style of their traditional socks with merino wool to keep feet warm and dry. Merino wool has natural moisture-wicking properties that move dampness away from the skin. The padded foot also includes opti-dry yarns to accelerate the natural wicking properties of the wool. This sock is padded through the ankle to prevent any pinching from shoes, but also includes an ultra thin calf for a snug fit. One size fits all; $16.95; www.nobleoutfitters.com.
Emily’s Pick: Pony Power
Everyone’s favorite naughty Shetland ponies and their pint-sized riders are back in the spotlight with the 60th anniversary release of Norman Thelwell’s popular collection of cartoon books, Pony Cavalcade. For years, the adventures of the Thelwell ponies and the plucky British children who love them have entertained readers worldwide. From grooming mishaps to horse-show woes and foxhunting embarrassments, relive all your favorite Thelwell moments. The books make a perfect gift for a nostalgic horse lover or a child who can relate all too well to the escapades of the young riders in the stories. Use the coupon code PRAC15 at checkout to receive 15 percent off your entire order. Box set includes all three classics: Angels on Horseback, A Leg at Each Corner and Riding Academy; 352 pages; $15.95; www.EquineNetworkStore.com.
Gifts for $25–$50:
Snuggle Up Against the Cold
Ariat’s Snug Cable Scarf features a winter-weight weave complete with lush poms. Stay warm with this comfortable scarf that combines fashion and practicality. This cozy scarf is available in two different colors that are sure to keep you stylish on cold winter nights. Available in jetty gray or malbec; 100 percent acrylic yarn; faux-fur pom poms; 90 inches long; $39.95; www.Ariat.com.
Hold Your Holiday Spirit
The stretchable Alexis Tech Glove by Mountain Horse combines comfort and durability. The gloves feature reinforced fingers and an elastic stitched wrist with an adjustable fit and Velcro closure for easy on and off. The triangular grip pattern on the palm will help you keep a firm hold on your reins. Made from 100 percent polyurethane material. Available in black or linen white; sizes small–extra-large; $40; www.mountainhorseUSA.com.
No Pressure, No Problem
The award-winning Airform Humane Dressage Girth by Ovation features a unique v-shape buckle system that equalizes pressure throughout the girth area. It optimizes airflow with a cushioned and textured material that stays soft no matter the usage. The elastic on both ends provides an easy and adjustable fit as well as reduces pressure while your horse moves. Easy to clean with a damp sponge, this girth is hypoallergenic and made with stainless-steel roller buckles. Vinyl/vinyl sponge faux leather. Available in black; sizes 18–28; $39.95; www.OvationRiding.com.
Sandy’s Pick: A Faster Alternative to Currying
I first tried HandsOn Gloves in late summer and was thrilled with how they helped shed out my horse’s fine summer hair and lift dirt from his coat. The pair of gloves have latex-free scrubbing nodules on the fingers and palms constructed of surgical-grade nitrile, an organic compound, that makes them hypoallergenic and chemical- and mildew-resistant. Velcro closures around the wrists ensure a secure fit. Using the two gloves instead of just one currycomb speeds up grooming time while still doing a thorough job, and I can easily get around the contours of my horse’s legs and face. They also can be used as a sponge-alternative when bathing your horse, which automatically cleans them, or you can machine-wash and hang them to dry. Sold in pairs; black, green; sizes small to extra-large and junior (children); $25; www.handsongloves.com.
Gifts for $50–$100:
Perri’s Leather Beta and Cotton Safety Halter combines heavy cotton and Beta, a lightweight and durable coated nylon, for the comfort of the horse. Beta prevents chafing, as it does not absorb sweat or moisture. A replaceable leather tab is included as a breakaway feature for added safety and can be exchanged at a fraction of the cost of the halter. Made in the U.S., this halter is completed with a convenient snap at the throat for closure. In cob, horse or oversize; black/lime, black/purple, black/royal, black/turquoise, black/orange, black/pink, brown/hunter or brown/navy; $65.95; www.perrisleather.com.
Be a Rebel
The new Western-inspired Rebel Dreamcatcher Helmet by Troxel is ASTM and SEI certified with a low profile sleek style. The SureFit™ Pro fit system features elastic straps that adjust to the size and shape of the rider’s head. Mesh-covered vents allow for breathability and an adjustable fit. The helmet also comes with a removable and washable headliner in a zebra pattern. The headliner reduces odor and increases rider comfort. The Matte Duratec™ finish protects the outer shell of the helmet and gives it a quality feel. Available in five styles; sizes small–large; $65.96; www.troxelhelmets.com.
Brighten Up Winter Blues
Tredstep’s colorful Performance Polo shirts are designed with four-way stretch fabric for optimum fit and comfort. The bright colors will bring a touch of spring to your winter rides while the contrast details on the sleeves, buttons, collars and logo add everyday style. Available in hot pink, aqua, green or navy/red; sizes extra-small–extra-large; $59.99; www.tredstep.com.
Sheepish Horse Blanket
With 600-denier ripstop nylon, Shires’ Tempest Medium Weight Turnout Blanket has a tough outer shell that protects the 200 grams of polyfill inside to keep your horse warm through chilly winter nights. The blanket also features double hook-and-eye chest closures that combine with adjustable cross surcingles for a secure and comfortable fit. Includes a tail flap and D-rings for leg attachments. The leg attachments are sold separately. Available in sizes 57–84; horse and sheep print; $81.99; www.shiresequestrian.com.
Gifts for $100+:
This unique and elegant Sedgefield Legacy Purse from Tucker Tweed Equestrian has a structured design and includes gold hardware, rolled double handles and a zipper close. It also comes with an optional shoulder strap for convenience. Two large interior compartments are separated by a pocket center with a zipper closure for privacy. There are also two more pockets for cellphones and key fobs. The Sedgefield Legacy Purse comes in a protective cream logo satin dust cover that matches the interior of the bag. $279.99; www.tuckertweed.com.
Stockings Hung on the Bridle Rack
This handmade, custom-crafted Space Saver Bridle Rack 5-Up by Horse Fare saves space by placing halters and bridles neatly in their spot. Each holder is shaped like a half-moon to keep the shape of your bridle intact. The half-moon is 4 inches long with a half-inch cap to prevent the tack from slipping. Underneath each holder is a solid brass hook for extra storage space. This rack holds five bridles, but can also be made to hold seven. Made in the U.S. Available in several stains; old world, cherry, special walnut, cordovan, cinnamon, mahogany and black; $125; www.horsefareproducts.com.
Santa’s Little Stable
This Horse Stable Playhouse is made for ages 3 and older, but does require adult assembly. The stable is easily assembled with iron poles and PVC connectors. Easy-to-read instructions are also included with the kit. This stable features a weathervane and doors that open and close. The red brick roof extends out to provide a sheltered overhang for your little one’s very own barn aisle. The playhouse is decorated with details, including hay bales, pitchforks, horse shoes, halters and a chicken. 100 percent cotton; $199; www.landofnod.com
Jocelyn’s Pick: Give Back and
Give your loved one a gift while helping working horses and donkeys at the same time. Brooke, an international animal-welfare organization, aims to make lasting improvements to working equines and the people who depend on them in developing countries. Choose from 16 virtual gifts of different monetary values for every budget. Each item comes with a gift card which can be mailed or emailed to the recipient with a personalized message. One hundred percent of the proceeds of the Brooke shop virtual gifts goes to helping working equines. Gifts range from $17–$129; www.thebrookeshop.org.