‘Tis the season for holiday shopping!
There’s nothing I love more than buying that perfect gift for someone. I know for some people holiday shopping can be stressful but for me…I love every minute of it and that’s why I’m here to help you find the perfect gift for all the horse-y people in your life!
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Without further ado, let’s jump into those gift ideas!!
Gifts Under $25
These items make great gifts for friends at the barn without breaking the bank and they’re also perfect stocking stuffers for those you might spend a little more on.
I saw these pop up on Facebook one day and instantly saved the post. Our grooming brushes often get neglected and this is such a fun and easy way to clean them. Simply drop in a bucket of water, add your brushes, swoosh them around, and you’re good to go. Not to mention they come in so many scents.
If you’re going to burn a candle you might as well make sure it’s horse themed! Every time I burn Wash Rack it brings me right back to the wash stalls in Harrisburg. Wax melts start at $5, tins start at $14.50, and full size jars are $19.50. They offer “package deals” when you purchase 3 or more of each size which brings those prices down a bit further so this is a great way to buy a few and divvy them up among friends.
Kara creates adorable custom equestrian themed digital artwork. Absolutely everything is customizable including: horse color and markings, rider skin tone, hair color and style, rider apparel and various other add-ons like bridles. Back in August I ordered this digital print with intents to get them put onto cards so I had blank cards to use for generic notes, thank you’s, etc. But with a digital file the possibilities are endless…stickers, note pads, etc
Shameless plug here, I have a small embroidery business on the side and love finding things to embroider that come I can use at the barn. These towels are perfect to attach to your ringside pack for those last minute boot cleans before you head into the ring. These are available with your monogram, horse’s name, or barn logo. Pair this with the next item and you’ve got the perfect tack care gift pack!
Sterling Essentials products are my go-to for leather cleaning and conditioning. The leather cleaner is my absolute favorite, just a quick spray and wipe then you’re done. Sterling Essentials products are all natural and safe for you, your horse, and your tack. They also come in three great scents. Feel free to read my in-depth review and see the amazing transformation my boots made here. Now through the holidays you can snag a Leather Care Starter Set 4-Pack at a discounted price. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer to gift to friends and trainers. You can also use code ‘SE102‘ for 15% off your first order.
If you’ve been following Shameless Equestrian for any amount of time, you’ll know that I LIVE BY THIS STUFF! This is hands down the best mane/tail shine, detangler, burr remover, and hair strengthener I have ever used. I not only use this on Fiona but I also put it in my hair after every wash. To learn more about it check out my blog post on all of Mane-ly Long Hair’s products. As a bonus, during the holidays you can pick up a 3-pack of 4oz Polishers for $30 which brings each polisher to $10 instead of $14.99! This is another awesome stocking stuffer set to pick up and split between your barn friends and trainers. Plus, you can also use code ‘SHAMELESS‘ for 10% off your first order.
Stinky helmets used to be something I just dealt with until I tried The Infused Equestrian’s Noggin Spray! I received this spray in my Fall Bit Box and was so excited because I was eyeing it up all summer. I can honestly say this has eliminated the stinky helmet dilemma. After each ride I give the bottle a quick shake, spray once in my helmet and that’s it!
We put our monogram or horse’s name everything so why stop at tack? These little keychains add the cutest equestrian touch to your EDC (that’s everyday carry if you’re not familiar with the acronym).
Want a personalized lead rope but don’t necessarily want a name plate on leather, look no further! MyRope.com has traditional polypropylene lead ropes with a name embroidered at the base. If you want to spend a bit more you can even get an embroidered lunge line.
Elastic belts have been super popular lately and Alexia (left) from Beyond the Track Apparel has taken them a step further by adding the option to customize your belt! Monogram belts start at $25 but you can also get a logo or name added for just $5 more. Alexia has embroidered two Shameless Equestrian logo belts and they’re both gorgeous! (Black/Gold belt pictured here).
Gifts $25 – $50
I would be surprised if you haven’t heard of EquestrianAF. Shop owner and killer business woman, Amber, has taken the equestrian community by storm with her funny, cute, and witty equestrian themed tees. I have the ‘Save a horse, Ride a dragon’ tee and I will vouch for how insanely comfortable and soft these shirts are. No matter your discipline or your horse’s breed and color, EquestrianAF will have a tee for you.
Continuing my love for comfy tees, I wanted to add this to the list! If you love comfy tees but don’t necessarily want equestrian themed quotes on the front, this is for you! The Emily tee by KF Clothing is a plain tee with a scallop hem feature an embroidered bit on the sleeve. They come in classic colors like cream, black, gray, burgundy and blush so they’ll be an incredibly versatile wardrobe addition.
Just like the Cavali Club stirrup covers but customizable! Since getting my Voltaire I have been looking around at stirrup cov. rs to help protect my saddle but was never thrilled with anything. I didn’t want fleece with elastic at the top because my stirrup leathers had no where to go so when I found these Wilsun Custom Stirrup Covers I instantly pulled the trigger. You pick the primary and trim color then decide if you’d like to add custom embroidery for an additional $8.
I would argue that crops are the one item at all barns that notoriously grow legs and RUN AWAY. That being said, taking an extra precaution by monogramming your show bat could be a solution to deter those legs from growing. These not only make a great gift for friends but also for you trainer!
I’m ALL about the subtle equestrian accessories, it’s the Shameless Equestrian way, right? Ellany belts are, in my opinion, the cutest equestrian accessory that could be added to virtually any outfit.
Have a plain and simple dress? Add a snaffle bit belt for a touch of horse girl vibes. Wearing jeans to the office and need a belt? Show off that equestrian style with one of these! If snaffle bits aren’t your favorite, fear not, Ellany also offers stirrup belts.
Subscription boxes are a great way to try new items at a fraction of the cost. Cavali Club is a quarterly subscription box that retails for $59 and contains various equestrian items from treats to tack valued at $200+.
Dapplebay Technical Riding Tops are not only versatile in any weather but they’re cute as heck! Leah, owner and creator of all things Dapplebay, draws and designs everything in her shop. You can even catch her sketching out new designs over on her Instagram, @dapplebayco! These work great as a sunshirt in warmer months and a baselayer in colder months. For size reference I’m usually between a small or medium depending on fit, I went with a medium in the Horse Power top and it’s still a very flattering fitted look.
Once you get a high quality triple stitched leather halter you won’t ever want to go back to budget friendly halters again. I had the pleasure of meeting Olivia, owner of Remarkable Leather Goods, at the Maryland 5 Star and picked up one of her gorgeous Remarkable halters. She has different halter options ranging from $85-$140. All of RLG’s halters are sourced, dyed, and stitched in the USA, use all solid metal hardware and is female owner and operated.
Let me start off by saying…I’ve always hated riding tights. After hearing how many people loved Free Ride Equestrian it made me want to give riding tights a try but I was so nervous to make the purchase and not have my opinion change. This summer I was lucky enough to win a pair of their Define Hybrid Breeches and that dislike for riding tights vanished. These breeches are SO flattering, the material is thick enough so it’s not see through but also a great option for hot summer days, they have belt loops (selling point for me!) and the color options are gorgeous. If you’re even thinking about splurging, I’m here to enable that purchase. You won’t regret it.
For how often I wear my Breeks I’m shocked I don’t have a photo wearing them (yet)! I purchased a pair of Knee Patch Breeks in the color Ash over the summer and FELL IN LOVE. I’m itching to order another pair but keep telling myself to wait for the restock so I can snag a pair in Winery – which, surprise surprise, is a stunning burgundy color. They’re insanely comfortable, have a slightly higher rise in the back with a flattering V cut design (I’m really sorry if there’s a technical fashion term for this, all I know is that it’s super cute touch) and it has pockets galore!! Need I say more?
Love the idea of subscription boxes but find yourself not using everything you get? This is where The Modern Horse Bit Box saves the day! With TMH Bit Box you decide what type of items you’d like to see in your box. The entire box is hand-picked for you based on your preferences and size. Yes, that means you can get apparel as well!! At $150 initially I was sticker shocked but decided to give it a try and I’m SO HAPPY I did! The Fall box was fantastic, I have an unboxing video here, and I cannot wait for the Winter box.
These are a serious splurge item but worth every penny. I’ve been riding in American Equus stirrups since they officially launched in 2016 and won’t ride in anything else. The Shano Family has created such an incredible brand and company, when you order a pair of AE stirrups you’ll get a custom boutique experience for everything down to the box they arrive in. These stirrups are completely customizable, ergonomically designed, have traction pins on the footbed, and – the best part – they’re made in the USA. If you’re on the fence they even have a trial program so you can see if AE stirrups are for you. But I can assure you, you’ll love them.
And that’s a wrap! (no pun intended?)
I hope this gift guide was helpful for you! I would love to know what’s on your holiday shopping list this year, feel free to comment below or pop over to my Instagram @ShamelessEquestrian and we can chat there! If you make a purchase with the help of this gift guide, tag me on Instagram and I’ll send you a free Shameless Equestrian vinyl sticker.