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Thank You Gift for fellow boarder... ideas?

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  • Thank You Gift for fellow boarder... ideas?

    I want to do something as a thank you for a fellow boarder who has really gone above and beyond to look out for my horse lately. She knew that there are a few nights a week when I can't get out to the barn because of my college classes, so she's taken it upon herself (I didn't ask) to rinse the mud off his legs and pick his feet after turnout, make sure his water buckets are clean and full, topped off his hay feeder and tidied up his stall.

    I've done the same for her horse the last few nights I've been out to the barn if she's not able to be there, but I'd like to do a little extra something for her. I'll see what money I might be able to scrape together (college student on a budget here), but any other suggestions would be appreciated!

  • #2
    A bag of apple treats for her horse and yours. Any horse related jewelry. How nice of her and of you.


    • #3
      Homemade treats for her horse (and maybe some human treats too)


      • #4
        Ah... I remember being a poor college student! Sort of... it was 35 years ago. LOL Why not make her some cookies she can share with her horse - like oatmeal with applesauce? Everyone always appreciates homemade goodies, especially if they can share them with their horse. If you don't have access to a kitchen, a small bag of horse treats won't set you back much. Either with a nice note I'm sure would be appreciated.
        ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~


        • #5
          Horse treats.
          "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden


          • #6
            Dollar General has peppermints for $1/bag. A few bags of peppermints and a hand-written thank-you note would be very thoughtful!
            "We need a pinned ears icon." -MysticOakRanch


            • #7
              Horse treats, Starbucks card, etc Anything more would embarrass me if I were the one giving the help -- and then I would be hesitant to help more because I'd fear you might feel indebted... Those of us with extra time at the barn don't mind helping out those with more limited time. If you asked for her help, it might be a different deal..


              • #8
                Booze. And maybe a dollar store bag of mints that she can share with her horse if she chooses. Booze can be anything from a couple cans of beer or a lower (but drinkable) bottle of wine on up to the sky's the limit. It doesn't have to be a lavish gesture to make it meaningful
                Ahhhh, spring is here. The birds are singing, the trees are budding and the paddocks are making their annual transformation from cake mix to cookie dough.


                • #9
                  Instead of buying her something, could you arrange some time to ride with her? Spend some time with her outside of the barn? I'd rather receive something like that if I helped out.
                  I’d rather ride on a Mustang, than in one.

                  BaileyAnn Neal


                  • #10
                    Gift cards for Dover, Stateline, or other.


                    • #11
                      Something simple and cheap will still be appreciated. It is a gesture. Horse treats, some hand lotion, human cookies, a very small starbucks card, you really can't go wrong with anything. I would think even a gift with a $5-$10 value would be just fine.


                      • #12
                        A very nice hand-written card complete with a bag of mints (to thank both her and her horse). I have always found that a thoughtful, sincerely written letter in a card goes a very long way to communicating the extent of my gratefulness towards the people in my life.


                        • #13
                          A heart felt "thank you" in person is always appreciated and as you are doing the same for her when needed I wouldn't worry about a costly gift. The horse treats are a good idea.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Edre View Post
                            A very nice hand-written card complete with a bag of mints (to thank both her and her horse). I have always found that a thoughtful, sincerely written letter in a card goes a very long way to communicating the extent of my gratefulness towards the people in my life.
                            I totally agree. A hand written note is one of the most geniune expressions of gratitude and costs nothing. I also agree with the bag of peppermints to go along with it. It is the thought that counts not the amount spent.


                            • #15
                              The preteens and teenagers who worked after school and boarded their ponies at one barn watched out for Cloudy and Callie each school day Til I got off work. It was great to know that my 2 had all those kids watching them. My horses and I compensated the kids with treats and all
                              you don't have to spend a lot of money. Sharing items like fly spray and cool drinks shows appreciation. Thank her often


                              • #16
                                I have a couple of fellow boarders who always help me out when I need it (horse-sitting and whatnot). When Christmas rolled around I got them each a small box of chocolates (Godiva was having a Christmas sale, but TJ Maxx usually has sweets on sale too). One of them (the one who always horse-sits for me) I also got a smartpak gift card, and the other I bought a Thelwell pony calendar (she always has a calendar up in the tack room, so I figured she'd like a cute one).

                                ETA I also bought some pretty holiday cards (horses pulling sleighs) and wrote them each a personalized note inside.

                                I was hesitant to do horse treats (out of habit because my pony has Cushings, even though I'm pretty sure both of their horses can eat whatever treats they want). If you go that route just make sure you know if your friend's horse(s) have any dietary restrictions


                                • #17
                                  Definitely a handwritten note. I would agree with those who say that plus some treats or something along those lines would be more than sufficient...the note is the key.


                                  • #18
                                    I have to agree with the posters that suggested a hand-written note. Your friend took the time to provide some "hands on" care. A hand written note (and perhaps a modest gift card) are definitely in order.


                                    • #19
                                      I agree about a hand written note of thanks. My parents drilled into me about sending thank you notes. So when I got a job as federal law clerk to judge and on first trip on the circuit, an old owner of bank in swainsboto paid for our dinner at his camp and uh female entertainment for the court family and all the likker for those 10or12 men and had a horse owning local attorney rider take me riding well I mailed yeah thru the free federal mail a thank you note to bank owner for it all and....the guy called the judge to say that in all the decades he'd paid all that money for booze and food and women for the men, no one had ever thanked him
                                      my parents were always right,dammit
                                      write out a thank you note on a nice card.


                                      • #20
                                        A fellow boarder gave me a handwritten thank you note and some cool riding socks as a thank you for hand walking her horse. Both were very much appreciated.
                                        RIP Mydan Mydandy+
                                        RIP Barichello