What to Give a New Equestrian
Buying a horse can be a cross between exciting and nerve-wracking for any first-timer. Regardless of all the pro tips out there, the entire process can still be an emotional adventure. But when the perfect horse finally comes around, things will fall into place. Of course, when this happens, there must be a celebration – with gifts!
If you have a friend or loved one who just bought a horse for the first time, here are great equine welcome gift ideas to consider:
With a hoof pick, it would be easy to clean the horse’s hooves, especially those tough to reach areas. This product is important for horses to maintain clean and healthy hooves, even if they’re Grand Prix jumpers.
Gifting a new horse owner with a bag of treats is no different from welcoming a new neighbor with freshly baked cookies. When giving treats for horses, make sure they’re all natural – carrots, apples, etc. – and stay away from anything with added sugar or wheat. Also consider the shape of these treats. Most probably, they’ll look like three-leaf clovers, which are easy to crack apart.
Big horse grooming totes are very handy when it comes to holding day-to-day essentials. Pick a bag with deep compartments, but not so much that you’ll end up with disappearing brushes. Also, that must be pockets everywhere.
A great gift you can give any horse owner is a custom-embroidered saddle pad.
Try coordinating the saddle pad colors to the stitching that features the horse’s or the horse owner’s name. Go beyond the design’s aesthetics however – in fact, fit and quality must be given more importance.
On top of their high price, horse tack and riding equipment also require proper maintenance and storage. There are bridle bags with three loops for hanging halters or bridles, a satin lining which safeguards the leather, and a variety of styles to select from.
Horse Stress Ball
When horses have to move to a new home, it can be very stressful for them. A good horse gift would be an equine stress ball. An equine stress ball is something horses can play with, helping them release all that nervous energy and stay distracted from anxious behaviors. Moreover, this toy is hardly just about mental play – it’s a healthy snack at the same time!
Finally, while unknown to many, quality clippers aren’t only good for grooming a horse but also for first aid. When you buy clippers though, look for versatility. The kit should have built-in length adjustments and comb attachments, for instance, and you should get rechargeable battery packs with the kit.