Writing your letter to Santa or wondering what the horse lover in your life would like to find under the tree this Christmas? Here are a few ideas in a variety of price ranges.
Equine Behavior-A Guide for Veterinarians and Equine Scientists is an up-to-date, comprehensive guide to horse behavior. Although the title says 'Scientists and Veterinarians' horse lovers will be fascinated by this thorough examination of all aspects of behavior including socialization, evolution, vices, perception, learning, feeding behavior and much more.
A reference book on veterinary horse care is a handy addition to any horse owner's library. This is one of the most comprehensive books available. Readers will appreciate the quick reference "Index of Signs and Symptoms" for identifying emergency situations.
5. Treeless or Soft Tree Saddles
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Treeless or soft tree saddles are a new trend in saddlery. They fit a variety of horses and enthusiasts claim they are the ultimate in comfort. Expect to pay a minimum of $800 for a treeless saddle. There are several manufactures specializing in treeless saddles. Some are more suitable for trail riding but several have the look of traditional English or Western saddles. Some of the more popular brands are Bob Marshall, Ansur, and American Flex. Most offer a 'try before you buy' option.
Strange as it sounds Bag Balm was a hot item at a recent silent auction I was at. Originally developed to keep the skin on milk cow's udders from getting chapped, it's become a favorite of anyone who has to work outdoors in cold weather. Pair Bag Balm with a pair of work or riding gloves for an unusual and practical gift. Great idea for your coach or boarding stable owner.
For cold weather riding a jacket designed for the job helps keep riders warm and comfortable. Vents in the back allow the jacket to sit over the back of the saddle, instead of the rider sitting on their coattails. Shoulders are cut wider to allow movement of upper back and arms. Some jackets are available with reflective tape and patches for extra visibility on dull winter evenings.
Kerrits are hands down my favorite riding tights for every day school
ing and pleasure riding. They come in a variety of colors and styles. Matching tops keep riders looking smart and feeling comfortable.
Here's a beautiful way to bring horses into the house. Oak framed mirrors etched with three Arabian horses come in a variety in shapes and sizes.
Help your horse lover store their stuff. Tack
trunks keep equipment safe and clean when not in use. With every thing packed and organized it's easy to prepare for trail rides and horse show
s. Some come with padded seats so a non-rider has somewhere to sit and wheels for easy moving.