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Suggestions for a Barnwarming Gift?

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  • Suggestions for a Barnwarming Gift?

    A colleague has purchased a small farmette for her four horses. The place needs work - pastures overrun with weeds, previous leasee tore all the fencing around the rings down (?), other fencing is hit or miss. Any suggestions for a barnwarming gift running under a $100? Oh, and one that doesn't carry negative implications? For example, I was thinking getting one of the portable canisters that she could put weed control into to spray around base of barn, edge of lane etc - but she might misinterpret that? Don't want to misstep or unintentionally offend. TIA
    pace, path, balance, impulsion and ??

    Don't panic! Ralph Leroy Hill

  • #2
    portable canisters for weed control?

    Anyhow, I think a tool box would be good.
    A weed whacker or something, or a painting system for the barn or maybe the fences if board fence is there.
    An armfull of step in posts for electric fencing...along with tape/wire/rope....

    buckets and tubs...

    I am for the practical gifts, not so much the showy ones (so you might get a box of diapers from me for a baby shower....not a cute outfit)

    A medicine cabinet....

    But a good set of fencing tools should do the trick...


    • #3
      I was given two large stock tanks as a barn warming gift as well as a lesson in how to install barbless wire fence. Both were very welcome gifts. The one gift I bought for myself and would have loved to receive was a two wheel wheelbarrow; I love mine.
      Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
      Elmwood, Wisconsin


      • #4
        A dear friend of mine gave me my first tank heater as a Christmas gift. I still use it and thank her again every winter.


        • #5
          how about a coupon for your time? (as in helping her with a project). i know when i have things to do around the barn, i can be stubborn and will end up doing it all myself. if i had an official 'you can ask me' certificate, that would be cool.
          R.I.P. my sweet boy Tristan
          36 years old, but I was hoping you'd live forever


          • #6
            An apple tree. A picnic table for social time, good place for tack cleaning also (or for using as a mounting block too)

            or - a mounting block.

            Heated water buckets, if a winter area

            Magnetic wand - when you need it it is useful!

            Farrier rasp and pinch tester.

            Sawdust shovel. manure fork

            ANY hanger hooks. The portable ones for stall fronts and to take with in a trailer, an overhead for dumping halters lead ropes lunge lines on.

            Or donate a day's time to help clean-up and fence.
            The cue card kid just held up an empty cue card. For a minute there I thought I had lost my sense of humor. --- Red Skelton


            • #7
              I'm with my2cents . . . a day of willing labor would be so wonderful! If that won't work, maybe some nice potted plants to put outside and make the place look nice?
              Click here before you buy.


              • #8
                Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                I'm with my2cents . . . a day of willing labor would be so wonderful! If that won't work, maybe some nice potted plants to put outside and make the place look nice?

                Like a hex sign?


                • #9
                  Gift cards to HomeDepot or TSC or Walmart.

                  Or few hundred bales of hay, delivered and stacked of course.


                  • #10
                    Just don't get her one of those barn stars...
                    (sorry everyone in the Ottawa area has one, it's a bit ridiculous...)

                    A cute sign or something may be nice, depending on her taste. You can get nice older farm items at auctions or antique shops.
                    Horse specific: hanging saddle rack/bridle rack.

                    Offering your time would probably be greatly appreciated.

                    I think buying her tools, etc. would be very difficult unless you know her very well and know what she would like, the weight of it or material etc. (maybe everyone else isn't as picky about that as I am ...).
                    "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
                    Nes' Farm Blog ~ DesigNes.ca
                    Need You Now Equine


                    • #11
                      A subscription to "Horse Journal" is very useful; http://www.horse-journal.com/ (& see if you can price shop for it via Amazon.com)

                      I was given a sturdy manure fork when I moved to my farmette; I very much appreciated it


                      • #12
                        Actually I have a hex sign on my barn--LOVE them! Also a very nice idea.
                        Click here before you buy.


                        • #13
                          If you have a tractor and bush hog and she doesn't have one yet, I bet she would appreciate a day of clearing out scrubs and cutting grass. A tractor can make short work of stuff that can appear impossible.
                          Sun hats and gloves are always needed.


                          • #14
                            A pair of kittens? I expect if its been vacate at all it has a rodent issue.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Treasmare2 View Post
                              A pair of kittens? I expect if its been vacate at all it has a rodent issue.

                              Cats, please...and a Jack Russel?


                              • #16
                                Definitely kittens!!!

                                I actually don't think the sprayer you mentioned first is a bad choice either. It's not a comment on the state of the place, it's just a useful tool to have. Give her the receipt in a sealed envelope in case she wants to return it.

                                A big, sturdy wheelbarrow is *always* useful. The 2-wheel Rubbermaid ones that I covet are over $200 but you can find a good 'regular' one in your price range.

                                A certificate for a day's labor is a great idea to go along with your gift, whatever you choose.
                                ... and Patrick


                                • #17
                                  a good hose of a decent length, this is what my parents gave me and I use it constantly

                                  your time and labor are always good if the place is a fixer up as you stated

                                  we have some temp fencing that we use a premanant but our horses respect it, hers may not so maybe a gift card for fencing supplies

                                  I gave my MOH a two wheel wheelbarrow and she still loves and uses it so maybe one of those


                                  • #18
                                    About 20 years ago we were given a really nice set of hay hooks. They're still in use and have proven invaluable.

                                    All purpose utility wagons are helpful. Even the 1 bale kinds sold at Tractor Supply.

                                    Assorted snaps, rope, hooks, etc. There are never enough snaps and hooks around!

                                    Heavy duty dry erase board with cork board.
                                    "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." -Henry Ford


                                    • #19

                                      this kit and a good hammer. it's all we needed yesterday to knock out some quick fence repair. i should have bought it years ago - the small cordless circular saw rocks - you can easily cut down a broken fence board (lots of times it's only half the board, one section of fence).
                                      * trying hard to be the person that my horses think i am


                                      • #20
                                        Our best "farm-warming" gift was a friend who came over with a 4wheeler and sprayer and sprayed our pasture. We too had a very overgrown and weedy mess. Or, if they don't yet have the appropriate tractor & brush-hog, mowing would also be a valuable gift ?