We don’t blink an eye when we buy a new grooming tool, a flashy saddle or latest fad in horse shampoo. It’s almost an afterthought to think about our needs, isn’t it? Well no more. There’s no better time than the present to think about ourselves.
We’re not talking about the bling-bling belt buckles or glitzy tops (everybody’s taste is so different!) but more the everyday gifts every rider can use, whether you trail ride, show or just enjoy time with your horse. These ideas don’t cost an arm and a leg, so you won’t feel bad about pampering yourself or a friend. Pick up a few of these items next time you’re out, or find a reliable online source. When your horse sees how good you feel, she’ll understand.

Ideas for feelin’ good

Organic lotion and lip balm keeps skin healthy without the use of chemicals and preservatives. There are numerous brands on the market, but one that stands out is Sundog’s Magic which is based on pure organic oils, free of petrochemically modified ingredients and preservatives. The lotion absorbs very quickly and is not slippery like other lotions.

Dead Sea bath salts are higher in minerals than ordinary salts. Found on the shores of the Dead Sea, these salts help relieve aches and pains, ward off stiff muscles from a day of heavy riding and relax your body. Sink into a bath of Dead Sea Salts combined with essential oils for a relaxing, peaceful experience. If you can’t find Dead Sea salts, you can try Epsom salts. www.Bathheaven.com

Emergen-C fizzing drink mix offers 1000 mg of vitamin C, 32 mineral complexes and B vitamins. Added to water, it’s a great energy and immune system booster – great for this time of year. Small packets fit into your shirt pocket easily so they make perfect gifts to take on the trail.

Homeopathic Arnica is an excellent first aid remedy for human and animal. It is the primary remedy for injury that helps reduce inflammation, promote healing and lessen pain. Even better yet would be a basic remedy kit which would include the 15 or 20 most common remedies.

Magnetic knee or ankle wraps
help relieve that common soreness riders feel after a long day of riding. There are numerous products on the market today that are lightweight and comfortable.

Paddock Socks from Draper Equine Therapy, the cushy, comfy socks, are actually good for you too. The Holofiber® fabric works with your body’s own energy system to increase blood oxygen levels, improving circulation. And it helps manage moisture to keep your feet dry. No inside seam means you’ll never have anything poking into you when you have your boots on and best of all, they’re machine washable. www.draperequinetherapy.com

Gifts for the trail or in the ring

Fixaphone™ cell phone holder. It’s always best to have your cell phone on you rather than your horse but regular cell phone clips can get in the way. This holder is soft and uses a velcro strap attached to your arm or leg.

Speed and distance GPS watch by Timex. It tells you how fast and how far you are riding and includes a memory recall, count down timer, and nightlight. It’s water resistant to 50 meters, too.

Fashionable safety helmets. With so many great designs and colors but yet high safety standards, helmets make great gifts for all riders.

Stainless steel bottles are the new trend, and for good reason. Hard plastics made from polycarbonate resin can leach bisphenol-A (BPA), a potent hormone disruptor, into your water. Stainless steel bottles, on the other hand, contain no chemicals, are light, durable, easy to clean and hold both hot and cold drinks. Check out www.greenfeet.com for a few options.

Emotional pick-me-ups

Bach Flower Essences Rescue Remedy is a must-have for any household or stable. Distilled from various flowers and plants, flower essences work on an emotional level during times of stress, shock or injury. Rescue Remedy is a blend of Star of Bethlehem, Clematis, Cherry Plum, Impatiens and Rock Rose in a liquid base that’s easy to administer.

Relaxation tapes and CDs such as Horses of the Wind, a CD by Robert Vavra. This dramatic, romantic and soothing musical experience is enhanced by the actual voices and sounds of stallions, mares and foals intertwined with rain, wind, the sea and other elements from nature.

Soothing essential oils, including lavender, chamomile and patchouli are a great way to rebalance during a stressful time. Dab a couple drops on your wrist or add a few drops to a warm bath after riding. Make sure you buy good quality, pure essential oils for the best results. Good horse reading such as The Horses of Proud Spirit by Melanie Bowles. Curling up with a good book after a day of riding or when you can’t get out to ride is a great way to spend some time. This book that will make you laugh and cry, as Melanie recounts stories of some of the residents who live at Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary. After a couple of chapters, you’ll want to run out and hug your horse.

So, the next time you’re contemplating that next purchase for your horse, be sure to include a few little gifts for yourself. You deserve it.