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2023 Holiday Gift Guide for Your Horse

Spoil your new horse with these gift ideas ranging from stocking stuffers to splurges and everything in between.
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The season of giving is upon us! But this year, don’t forget about a very special family member whose neighs and nuzzles will bring you joy year-round. Show your love for your horse by spoiling him with a gift (or two, or three) you both can enjoy. From cozy blankets to gourmet treats, we have compiled the ultimate holiday gift guide for your horse.

Gifts All Horses Will Love

A pony licks a Himalayan salt block tied to a fence post
Meet your horse’s salt needs with a pretty pink Himalayan salt block. | Getty Images

Soft body brush: Give your horse a pleasant grooming experience when you add brand-new soft body brush to your grooming tote. Brushes made with materials like goat hair bristles are particularly luxurious. Price range: $8-25

Sheepskin grooming glove: An all-natural grooming mitt or glove slides onto your hand and helps wipe dust and debris off your horse’s coat. Plus, it has a massage-like feel and can make your horse’s coat truly shine! Price range: $15-25

Quarter sheet: Make rides on cold winter days a bit toastier with a quarter sheet that covers your horse’s back and haunches. These sheets are typically made of fleece or a waterproof material and fit securely under or over your saddle flap as you ride. Price range: $35-120

Hoof boots: If your horse doesn’t wear shoes, he might appreciate a pair of hoof boots to protect the soles of his feet from frozen or rough ground this winter. Hoof boots exist for a variety of purposes, from protection while trail riding to relief from foot soreness. Price range: $45-175

Wound repair ointment: Every horse gets scrapes and scratches—do yours a favor by having an antimicrobial ointment on hand that will help his skin heal quickly and comfortably. Price range: $20-40, depending on the product and size

Himalayan salt block: Giving your horse a source of salt ensures his sodium needs are met. If you want to elevate his salt experience, provide him with a pink Himalayan salt block. Price range: $7-20

Stall toys: Toys can help combat your horse’s boredom in both the stall and out in the paddock. Choose from a wide variety of toy types, including balls, hanging objects and edibles, ball feeders, and treat dispensers. Price range: $15-60

For the Senior Citizen

a palomino horse wearing a red blanket stands in the snow
If your horse needs extra layers to stay warm this winter, gift him a blanket. | Getty Images

New winter blanket: Some older horses have more difficulty staying warm in winter than their younger counterparts. Ensure your golden oldie is comfortable and less likely to drop weight this winter by equipping him with a properly fitted blanket. Price range: $15-60

Joint health supplement: Wear and tear on joints is inevitable as horses age. Help your senior move a little easier with a joint supplement that contains research-backed ingredients.

A massage: Find a certified equine massage therapist to give your older horse a little TLC. Massage promotes blood flow and helps relieve tension in muscles.

For the Athlete

close-up of a horse with a decorative bridle browband and a white ear bonnet
Accessorize your horse with a blingy browband and, if he’s spooky, a noise-reducing ear bonnet. | Getty Images

Bling browband: Add a distinctive flourish to your horse’s bridle by replacing that boring leather browband with a bedazzled one. These are especially popular among dressage and recreational riders. Price range: $15-60

Ice boots: You can store ice-packed-filled boots in the freezer and Velcro them around your horse’s lower legs after a hard workout. They help reduce inflammation and soreness. Price range: $35-350

An ergonomic saddle pad: Do your horse’s back a favor by investing in a saddle pad designed to fit the contour of his back, reduce forces while riding, and prevent saddle slipping. You can find these high-tech pads in a variety of shapes and types to suit all riding disciplines. Price range: $50-300

For the Nervous Nelly

Gastric support supplement: Easily stressed or anxious horses are at greater risk of developing gastric ulcers. Give your horse’s digestive system a helping hand—particularly during times of stress, like going to horse shows or moving to a new farm—by adding a gastric support supplement to his ration. Price range: $35 and up, depending on product and amount

Noise-reducing ear bonnet: If your horse is easily distracted or spooked when you’re riding, try outfitting him with an ear bonnet that helps block out sounds. Price range: $35-130

For the Horse That Has It All

three horses drink from an automatic waterer in their paddocks, with just their muzzles visible
Give yourself the gift of easier watering and your horse the gift of a fresh, cool, continuous water source. | Getty Images

A massager: You can use a roller or a therapeutic massage gun on your horse’s tight muscles just as you would your own! Price range: $25-500

Magnetic blanket: Several manufacturers sell magnetic blankets you can put on your horse to increase blood flow. The idea is this reduces inflammation and soreness from arthritis, tight muscles, and hard work. Price range: $150-3,000+

Automatic waterers: Water sources that refill automatically not only make chore time easier for you but also provide fresher water at a comfortable temperature for your horse. Price range: $50-1,000+

Stocking Stuffers

A chestnut horse with a white blaze wearing a leather halter with a nameplate
Add a personal touch to your horse’s halter with a nameplate. | Getty Images

Treats: You can’t go wrong with any number of horse treats on the market! Choose one in your horse’s favorite flavor, and be sure to opt for a low-sugar option if your horse has metabolic issues. Price range: $4-45, depending on the product and size

Nameplate: Add a personal touch to your horse’s accessories and living space when you order a customized metal nameplate with his nickname on it. Get a small name plate you can screw onto your horse’s halter or one designed to attach to his stall door. Price range: $10-35

Bit warmer: An ice-cold steel bit in the mouth is an unpleasant surprise for any horse! Do him a favor by bringing his bit up to a more agreeable temperature using a bit warmer. Price range: $15-30

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