BESTUVS! Our Annual Gift Buying Guide

We love the new Dark Chocolate & Mint bar from Kate’s Real Foods

Our Cayuse Communications team has reviewed scores of items for the holiday. Check out this year’s fall and holiday reviews. The following items and ideas popped to the top as our favorite items for gift giving. So sit back, have a cuppa and a mint chocolate Kate’s bar and do a little online shopping.

Happy Holidays!

Stocking Stuffers and Gifts under $50:

Warwick Schiller presents at the Best Horse Practices Summit

For as little as $4.99, you can watch full presentations of the Best Horse Practices Summit. Check out Rider Yoga, Strength & Balance, Brain Science, Hoof Science, Nutrition, Foundational Riding, the Power of a Good Seat, and much more.

Watch 2017 videos here

2018 videos here

2019 videos here

Kate’s Real Food bars – Order a few dozen for your trail riding friends. They’re so yummy, come in seven flavors, and are organic and gluten free. Dark Chocolate Mint is the newest and easily our favorite of the bunch. $2 and up.

Cotopaxi’s Claro rechargeable headlamp – simple and excellently designed. Around $30.

We dig the Camelbak MultiBev

Camelbak has gotten into the drinkware side of things and we love what they’ve produced, especially the Horizon 16-ouncer and the Multibev. Check ’em out.

Ranger Ready is a young company based in the heart of Lyme disease country (Connecticut). But with the pandemic, they’re chipping in to make hand sanitizer. Buy it here.

Patagonia Provisions has gotten into spices. In a good way. Their Taco Seasoning is wwaayy better than your average grocery packets. We also LOVE their Organic Breakfast Grains Sampler.

Closer to home for many of you: Maine Grains will send you wheat, corn, oats, and Wilbur’s Chocolate Blueberries.

Handmade, balanced hoof pics from Hammered Horse Products. With oak, cherry, even inlaid handles. $15 and up.

Knives – -every horse owner should carry one. Our perennial favorite is the Leek from Kershaw. Around $60.

Yeti’s new Soft Cooler is Wicked Cool (and handy and durable).

Books — Check out the Cayuse Communications library for horse books, a beautiful children’s book and a mystery series with a horsewoman protagonist. $17 and up. Nicker More, Buck Less bumperstickers – FREE for a limited time when you order any books from the library. Free shipping for most.

Skidmore’s Leather Cream – treat your boots, saddle, headstall, etc. with Skidmore’s to extend life and keep them looking good. Smells great. $7 and up.

Alpine Start – instant coffee from Colorado. Better than any other instant, including Starbucks Via. $8 bucks and up.

Why have nine towels when you could have one? Is downsizing, minimizing, and loving a simpler life your New Year’s Resolution? Try these towels and changing ponchos from Nomadix.

Neckerchiefs – winter barn chores and rides call for ‘em. Check out these neck warming options from Buff, Patagonia, and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. $25 and up.

Hitching Post Supply has dyed and natural horse hair for your winter projects

Under the Tree, $50-150:

Hoka – Does your 2021 include running, walking or otherwise hitting the trail? We LOVE Hoka shoes. The company has a wide range of styles for a wide range of mileage and terrains. Check them out here and start your year off right.

Hitching Post Supply has product for your winter riding gear project or educational journey. Check out their horse hair (dyed or not) inventory, their DVDs and books, and their music. Tell ’em NickerNews sent you!


Patagonia WorkWear – from tough Ranch Jackets to hemp All Season Vests and Western Snap Shirt. This line of hemp-based clothing has become a perennial favorite. The gear is tough and attractive. The materials are responsibly sourced, which helps when feeling good about purchases. As the line grows, there are more color and style options. Check ’em out!

Patagonia WorkWear’s Farrier Shirt is tough and pretty

Word to the Wise for horse gals — many of the men’s items are great for you, too. We particularly like the Steel Forge Windbreaker Jacket and the All Season Vest. The women’s Barn Coat is great, too.

Knotty Girlz halters and leads – lots of top-quality choices from this woman-owned, Washington state company. $20 and up.

Chill Angel offers superfine Merino wool pajamas and nighties. Perfect for cold nights and especially awesome for those of us experiencing hot flashes. $79 and up.


Chill Angel offers luxurious sleepwear

CR Ranchwear shirts – Can an elegant, made-in-Texas shirt morph you from slob-to-sophisticate? Yes, yes, it can. $99 and up.

Yeti – the company’s new line of soft coolers are tough and sassy, not full of machismo like so many of their items. We love the Day Tripper lunch box series and the bigger soft coolers. Yeti in pink and pastels – Who Knew!?  Check ’em out here.

Might not fit under tree, well-worth the price tag:

5 Star Equine saddle pad – widely regarded as the ultimate saddle pad for riders of all disciplines. Available in different cuts to accommodate high withers and horses of all confirmations. $120 and up.

Western Sky Saddlery has outstanding customer service and an impressive selection of saddles, most with Wade trees. $2000 and up. We loved the buying and research support. Learn more about a saddle, being wrong, and recovering here.

Check them out here.

Gifts of Knowledge and Exploration:

For as little as $79, you can watch the entire library full presentations of the Best Horse Practices Summit. Check out Rider Yoga, Strength & Balance, Brain Science, Hoof Science, Nutrition, Foundational Riding, and much more. Watch 2017 videos here and 2018 videos here and 2019 videos here.

Circle Z Ranch – Delicious food, beautiful accommodations, varying levels of horse experiences at this exquisite guest ranch in beautiful Patagonia, Arizona. Check out your options here.

Joy Rides trip leader Trish Lemke is taking riders to Italy, Scotland, and Costa Rica in 2021.  Get in on the fun with this mindful, horse-y travel. She also offers personal coaching. Treat yourself.

Stay tuned for the next Best Horse Practices Summit. We’ll release details soon about our 2021 conference. And we will look forward to seeing you in Lexington, Kentucky!

Onward and upward – See you in 2021!

Joy Rides will be in Scotland in 2021


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