So, a bit of a silly topic, but I'd like to get a little something for my friend who is buying a new horse. We ride together most days (but only for the last 2 months) and she painted my horse's crumbly feet for me while I was out of town. I thought I'd get her a little something as a thank you and also to celebrate her new horse. Any suggestions? We are both working adults who ride in the evenings after work.
Personally I wouldn't go for something with the horse's name on it. What if something goes wrong (pre-purchase, not the right fit, etc) and she decides to send the horse back or she changes the horses name? A bag of horse treats in a little flower pot with her name painted on it would be very cute! Or a saddle pad with her name on it would be nice, depending on the types of pads she rides in. If she never uses a square pad that's embroidered or colored (like plain white pads or fitted pads), then maybe she doesn't like the colored embroidered pads. Hope I helped.
I got my friend a grooming tote in her favorite color (and the color she was going to "deck out" her new mare in) - purple! Another friend got her a nice, nylon breakaway halter (no embroidery), also in purple. I think it's nice to find something personal - either for the person or the horse.
I like the idea of the saddle pad with the person's name on it. Also, the horse treats, maybe in a cute personalized container is a great idea.
I think a monogrammed saddle pad would be a really nice idea. If you have it monogrammed with her initials there will be no worry about whether her horse works out or not. I have the SmartPak catalogue in front of me right now, the Lite AP Saddle pad looks like a nice schooling pad on sale for $11.95.
But if you don't want to seem too "over the top" for your new friend a horse treat gift basket would also be cute. Fill it with a few carrots, apples, peppermints, and small bag of your favorite horse treats. If you want to add a little more you could throw in a new hoofpick and/or a brush. It will look cute and not be too specific to any particular horse if that is a concern.
A tote (plastic cleaning supply tote, if money is tight -- or right now (like TODAY) TOTD has a tote/grooming bag for sale at a "ridiculous, tacky price") with a couple new brushes and a curry and a 3 pack of hand towels (from the Dollar Store) to use as rub rags.
Round out the above with carrots and apples for a nice presentation.
If it weren't for horses, a man would be the best thing in the world.
I recently bought a new brush and because brushes are constantly growing legs and walking away, I decided to customize it a bit. I painted the top (had leftover paint from kitchen remodel) then wrote my last name on the top. Sealed it and let it dry. It came out super cute and only cost about $10.
"Life is too short to be a slave to the whims of others." -- RugBug, COTH
Thank you for all the great suggestions! I'm leaning toward either a monogrammed saddle pad (and thank you for the heads up on the smartpak sale, I need some for myself) or a basket with some horse treats and other stuff. Both the horse she is leasing and her new horse are total cookie fiends and I swear my leased horse is extra good to me because I supply the paddock cakes!