From your longtime trainer to the girl who boards her gelding in the stall next to yours; from your horse-crazy nephew to your trail riding neighbor, here’s over 50 gift ideas in all price ranges to inspire your holiday shopping for all the horse people in your life.
Sometimes the best things in life aren’t things at all. A charitable donation on behalf of your giftee is a meaningful present, and we’ve also included some simple-but-meaningful DIY gift ideas, too.
Whether it’s your stable secret Santa, lesson buddy or best horse-loving friend, here are ideas for the fellow equestrian on your list:
For your Barn Buddy
Glitter Hoof Polish
A fun, affordable gift that’s bound to bring some sparkle to schooling shows, fun rides and costume contests! Twinkle Glitter hoof glitter is available in 10 different colors, and they’ll even whip up a custom color batch for you!
Here’s something that even “the horse person who has everything” never has enough of—Vetwrap. For bandaging wounds (both horse and human) and holding dressings in place, by the time you realize you’re out of Vetwrap, it’s too late.
Colorful Braided Reins
Handmade reins from Whinny Wear come in any color combination you can imagine, and are bound to impress even your most colorful riding pal.
Therapeutic Saddle Pad
If there’s one thing every horse lover loves—it’s their horse. Keep him comfortable and improve his performance with a ceramic-infused saddle pad, like one from Back on Track. It keeps the back muscles warm, increasing blood flow and helping to relieve tension and soreness.
Custom Bling Browband
Ever notice how almost everyone has a bling browband, but most of them look the same? Try Etsy for custom beaded browbands, and give your best barn pal something truly unique and beautiful. Many sellers will also create custom designs for you on request, so you’re guaranteed a one-of-a-kind present.
The Baker Plaid is as classic as the Wellington boot, and just as synonymous with quality. The Original Baker Horse Blanket has been proving its worth for over 100 years, and the famous plaid is known for being exceptionally sturdy. They’ll be using this sheet for years to come.
DIY Bit Warmer
Here’s something they’ll be thankful for this winter! With just a scrap of fleece, a cup of rice, and a little simple sewing, this thoughtful gift will spare them (and their mount!) the pain of ice-cold bits during the winter. Get instructions here.
For Your Horse Pro (Vet, Farrier, Trainer, etc.)
(Almost) everybody loves a good game of Monopoly! This horse-centric spinoff lets you buy barns and stables and collect horse breeds while competing to be the richest player.
What busy professional isn’t glued to their phone or tablet? Check out the unique selection from Spiced Equestrian, or hit Etsy for some gorgeous one-of-a-kind designs.
Thermal Stadium Blanket
Show your coach how much you appreciate all the time she’s spent sitting in unheated indoor arenas! A thermal blanket keeps body heat in, and makes a great gift for lesson attending parents, too (hint, hint).
Personalized Grooming Kit
For the horse pro who is an equestrian themselves, this chic-yet-rustic grooming kit from Blue Ridge Engraving is a great way to thank them for keeping your horse hobby alive.
Horse Blueprint Print
This unique print from Uncommon Goods is a great accent for your horse pro’s home or office. And it’ll be a huge hit with anyone into Thoroughbreds or Arabians!
Working with horses can be a dirty job. Melt-and-pour glycerin soap is very easy to work with, and natural exfoliants like oatmeal and chia seeds can be added to help scrub off horse dirt. You can buy kits online and find ideas here.
Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association
Being an equine professional isn’t all soft muzzles and horsey hugs. Income instability, injury and lack of health insurance are just a few of the problems that equine professionals face. The Horseman’s Benevolent and Protective Association provides insurance, a pension plan, emergency assistance, and education to horse people in the racing industry.
Paint Your Own Horse Kit
Encourage kids to express their creativity with a paint-your-own-horse kit. Kits come with an unadorned white horse that they can paint and decorate however they like.
Jr. Bamboo Winter Socks
Keep their little feet warm and dry this winter with a pair of horsey socks they’ll love to wear riding. Bamboo is more breathable and has better wicking properties than cotton or wool, and they’re anti-bacterial.
Breyer Model Horses
Breyer model horses are a classic, appreciated by kids and adults alike. They’re some of the most accurate and correct model horses, with a huge range of realistic accessories as well. Breyer produces models of nearly every breed and notable famous horses.
Horseback riding can be a dangerous sport. Safety stirrups can help keep them safe by releasing the foot in the event of a fall. There are a few different designs on the market, so choose the one that best fits your child’s boot size and budget best.
The original horse toy! This quintessential Christmas gift can be found anywhere from Wal Mart to antique stores.
Give a gift that can last a lifetime. Riding lessons are a great present for a horsey kid and help them develop motor skills, balance, social skills, confidence, and empathy.
To find an instructor near you, check out the American Riding Instructors Association.
These DIY bookends can be crafted with little more than a few scraps of wood and some horse figurines and paint. They also make a great craft project for kids, too!
Equine assisted therapy has been around for thousands of years but has been growing in popularity as a means of helping children with physical and cognitive disabilities. Support a deserving cause with a donation to the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.
For the Competitor
Perfect for last-minute touchups before the show ring, or cleaning tack after a muddy cross country ride. Disposable tack wipes are a must-have for any competitor’s show kit.
A long, lush tail is the envy of everyone in the ring, but it’s no easy task to keep it show-ring clean and full. Popping it in a tail bag is an inexpensive trick to protect it from dirt, mud, and breakage.
Travel First Aid Kit
We all know every horse owner needs an equine first aid kit. But a savvy competitor needs to be prepared to care for their injured athlete while away from home.
You can assemble a trailer first aid kit very easily. Click here for a list of what you need.
A serious show rider knows the importance of looking the part. A handcrafted leather number holder from Hamag Leather says “I came to take home ribbons”.
A classic, well-made stock pin will never be out of style. This beautiful silver snaffle pin from Ashley’s Equestrian Jewelry looks great in the show ring or on the street.
Fingerprint Stock Pin
Here’s something they won’t have! These amazing stock pins from Dimples Charms are actually personalized with the recipient’s very own finger print.
DIY Stirrup Cozies
This DIY project is super-simple to make, but great for protecting their leather show saddle from stirrup rubs. If you don’t own a sewing machine, they’re quick and easy to hand-sew, as well. Get the instructions here.
Did you know the United States Equestrian Federation has 14 different charitable funds, for everything from kids and ponies to adult amateurs, and even a disaster relief fund to help horses requiring rescue after natural disasters? You can make a donation in any amount in the name of your giftee.
For the Trail Rider
For her or her horse! This classic of the equine world is so great at keeping hooves healthy and moisturized that it’s even crossed over to the human world as a hand lotion. It’ll work great for rugged riders, and anyone who appreciates soft hands!
These practical cantle bags come in cool designs that no one else will have, and are guaranteed to stand out on the trail! Pick the pattern that suits their personality best.
Insulated Saddle Bag
An insulated saddle bag may not be something they have already, but it’ll soon be something they can’t live without to keep snacks and drinks cool while out on the trail.
Reflective Riding Sheet
This is a must-have for the safety-conscious trail rider who may be sharing trails with motorized vehicles, or riding in the evening. Horze also carries a unique line of reflective leg straps, quarter sheets, boots, and blankets.
For pulled shoes and other hoof emergencies on the trail, a smart trail rider will have one or two EasyBoots (or a similar product) in their saddle bag.
Now here’s a gift their horse will thank you for! Treeless saddles use padding, webbing, and flexible pommels and cantles to distribute the rider’s weight in a way that allows the horse to move more freely and naturally.
DIY Saddle Cover
Regardless of the type of saddle they have, every rider wants to protect their investment. A saddle cover is easy and inexpensive to make. So pick a fabric that suits their style and get sewing! You can find instructions here.
For the Natural Horse Person
This simple $10 bit of genius fits in a pocket, saddle bag or grooming kit and is indispensable in case of emergency, or as an unobtrusive way to catch a loose horse. Plus, it makes a great stocking stuffer.
The Slick N’ Easy grooming block is a post-winter must-have for shedding out a coat quickly and easily, without using potentially harsh metal shedding blades. Rub the edges of the block vigorously through the coat to remove dead hair and leave a slick, chemical-free shine.
No, they’re not a trendy necklace for horses. The cadence of rhythm beads in time with the horse’s movement adds tempo and relaxing rhythm to the ride. And to be honest—they look pretty cool.
Bitless bridles direct and control the horse’s movement without the need for (surprisingly) harsh bits. Better yet, they’re super easy to fit and great to have around in case of a mouth or tooth injury. Not sure whether to try bitless? Check out our article on Bitless Brides here.
There’s no better way to develop a solid seat than bareback riding, but our seat bones and uneven weight can cause pain and discomfort in the horse. A bareback pad helps protect the horse’s back from uneven weight, and jeans from sweat and horse hair.
EquiSpirit Gift Set
Give the gift of horse soccer! A game of horse soccer helps build trust and communication between horse and rider; and is a great excuse to get together with your horsey pals, too. The gift set includes a giant horse sized soccer ball and 6 cones for individual or team play.
DIY Slow Feeder
The most natural way to keep your horse is outside on grass or hay, but hay prices are getting unnaturally expensive. This brilliant DIY gift takes a few hours to make and helps them stretch their hay dollar—it’s the gift that keeps on giving!
International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB)
Sponsor a wild horse, a band, or an entire herd! Gift them with a Certificate of Sponsorship and a picture of their sponsored Mustang, while helping to protect and preserve wild horse herds in the United States.
For the New Horse-Person
How to Think Like a Horse by Cherry Hill
Help them demystify horse behavior with this modern classic on equine instincts. With chapters on horse development, sensory perception, learning, and communication, How to Think Like a Horse doesn’t just explain what horses do, but why.
Novelty polo wraps
Celebrate their new horse with some sweet eye-catching polos in a pattern that no one else in the barn is going to have! Go beyond your local tack shop and look up custom sellers on Etsy, like Queen of Polos.
First Aid Kit
By the time most people realize that they need a first aid kit for their horse, it’s too late. Help out the new horse owner in your life by giving them a complete horse first aid kit this Christmas. Check out this vet-approved list for recommendations.
Hoof Trimming Kit
Every horse owner should feel comfortable with a rasp, and should own a shoe puller in case of an emergency. A simple hoof trimming kit containing a hoof knife, nippers and a rasp is a great gift for a new horse owner (but shouldn’t be used without proper instruction first!).
Riding attire makes a great gift for an equestrian, but you can only own so many plain buff breeches. Treat them to a stylish pair with a new silicone full seat for extra grip, like these Lydia Women’s Softshell Thermo Silicone Full Seat Breeches (perfect for cold-weather riding, too!).
Custom Saddle Pad
Whether its a tasteful monogram or a wild pattern, there’s lots of different designs and options out there. If you can’t find just the right one in your hometown, you can try Etsy for tons of unique designs.
Pro Photography Session
It’s a well-known phenomenon: a new horse owner cannot have enough photos of their new horse. Give them the gift you know they secretly really, really want: some professional quality photographs that they can show off. Find a local photographer near you at meetaphotographer.com.
Homemade Horse Treats
No gift list would be complete without these! Save money while cutting out nasty preservatives and additives with these simple, delicious and healthy homemade horse treats. Recipe here.
A donation to the American Horse Rescue Network doesn’t go to one charity. It supports an entire network of horse rescue organizations across the US. You can make a donation in honor of a loved one, and have them notified by email or letter.
Under the Tree
One final idea before you run off to the tack store to start your holiday shopping: a nicely wrapped gift shows you care. A horse ornament tied in the ribbon is the perfect accessory for any equine present.
Try Christmas Traditions for an impressive selection and same-day shipping. Tie an ornament into the gift’s bow for a personalized finishing touch before you slide it under the tree.
What was the best horse holiday gift you’ve ever given or received? Share your memories below.