Hoof Beats: Gift ideas for the horse lover

Desirai Schild

Horse-related items may seem like a good Christmas gift for the pony lovers in your life, but that’s often not the case.

Most of us use a particular type of saddle, pad, halter, lead rope, etc. for a reason. Horse treats and supplements also tend to be carefully chosen by the horse owner. The selections of these treats and supplements often are made on the basis of what best benefits the particular animal.

These facts make giving gift cards a wise choice for horse-related items rather than the actual items. Find out at what stores your horse lover shops. Giving a gift card from a favorite shopping spot is not impersonal. It shows that you know where the recipient shops and care enough about their judgment to let them select their own items. They probably have some treasure there they’ve been longing for but didn’t have the funds or want to spend the money on.

Believe me, a prepaid trip to the tack store is a horse-lover’s ultimate delight. There is never something there that they don’t wish for.

Buying riding arena passes also is a great way to show your horsey loved one that you know what they really want. Idaho winters make riding difficult, to say the least. Many riders move their activities indoors from winter’s first snow to spring thaw.

Most arenas offer riding pass deals that give a certain number of riding hours at a discounted rate for buying a full set at a time. Many riders are already visiting the arena of their choice, so it’s easy to know where they want to go. This is important because particular arenas tend to attract certain styles of riders. Some appeal more to Western-style riders, while others are more attractive to English or dressage riders. Some mix very well together, but it’s vital to know your rider’s choice of location before buying a gift packet.

A gift card for horse-related books also can be a welcome gift. Horse lovers are always seeking more information about equine-related care. If there is a magazine your horse lover often buys, a subscription could be a treasured gift.

Horse lovers will appreciate gifts that acknowledge their interest without pinning them down to something they don’t really want.

Desirai Schild has been involved in raising, breeding and showing gaited horses in eastern Idaho for more than 20 years. She may be reached at freditor@postregister.com.