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Christmas gift ideas for horse riders - Off the Hoof

PUBLISHED: 19:18 16 December 2013 | UPDATED: 19:18 16 December 2013

The Dimacci Nicy Queen II watch, which our esteemed columnist has her eye on

The Dimacci Nicy Queen II watch, which our esteemed columnist has her eye on

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Editor-in-chief at Horse&Rider in Grayshott, Alison Bridge suggests a few gorgeous gift ideas for the riders (and the horses) in your life...

I hesitate to recommend costly gifts for equestrians because riding and keeping horses is already such an expensive pastime. If sailing can be likened to standing in a cold shower whilst tearing up £20 notes, horses could be considered the equivalent of running across a ploughed field tearing up £50 notes. However, we have had such lovely ideas sent in to the Christmas elves at Horse&Rider magazine that it seemed a shame not to share them.

Charities always have great gifts and, with a festive theme, the Dinky Donkey Ring Holder from SPANA (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) costs just £6, while the Donkey Sanctuary’s Festive Felt Donkeys, hand-made by volunteers, cost just £4.75 each and would give a lovely homespun feel to your tree.

Most owners would like something for their horses, and the Fleeceworks Sheepskin head collar set, designed to pad your equine friend’s best leather head collar, is the ultimate in comfortable luxury for £30.

Meanwhile, if you want to bring your horse right into the festivities, kit him out like Santa in an Ekkia Christmas rug, £41.90, in bright red felt with Merry Christmas embroidered on the front. It would clash with my cob, Harry, who’s a skewbald but would look fab on a black, grey or liver chestnut horse as in our photo. Antlers (from supermarkets) optional!

A happy, horsey Christmas

For riders, there are endless Christmas gift ideas. All of us want and need a stylish pair of waterproof leather boots, and Dublin’s Turndown boots, £159.99, are extremely desirable – as good for a Christmas Day walk as they are for riding out on a chilly day. A cheaper option is Hunter Original Brit Cuff socks in warm knitted fleece, which would make putting on cold wellies a much pleasanter experience – £30 for a pair.

Personally, I have my eye on a Dimacci Nicy Queen II watch, £119, with a stirrup-shaped face and double leather strap. Despite its sleek appearance, it’s tough and waterproof so it’s suitable for riding as well as work and play. And for really wet days, a properly waterproof hat, like the Randols Antique Western hat, £31.99, is invaluable, as are Mountain Horse Mountain Rider waterproof pants, £84.99.

And of course, horsey people invariably have dogs – who could resist the Eskradon St Moritz designer dog coat? It’s waterproof and windproof, so it’s practical as well as being as pretty as your pooch, and costs £25. Bella, my Jack Russell, unfortunately doesn’t like being dressed up, but I might see if I can persuade her into this super-soft little number to keep her warm and dry on winter walks.

Whatever you buy for the dogs, horses and riding enthusiasts in your life, we hope that they love it – and here’s wishing you a happy, horsey Christmas!

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