Our Cayuse Communications team has reviewed scores of items for the holiday. Check out more here. The following items and ideas popped to the top as our favorite ideas for gift giving. Happy Holidays!
Stocking Stuffers and Gifts under $50:
For as little as $8.99, you can watch full presentations of the Best Horse Practices Summit. Check out Rider Yoga, Strength & Balance, Brain Science, Hoof Science, Nutrition, Foundational Riding, and much more. Watch 2017 videos here and 2018 videos here.
Kate’s bars – Order a few dozen for your trail riding friends. They’re so yummy, come in six flavors, and are organic and gluten free. $2 and up.
Cotopaxi’s Claro rechargeable headlamp – simple and excellently designed. Around $30.
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.
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.
Que bottles – they come in all kinds of lovely colors and yes, you can put hot liquids in them. One key suggestion, because of the interior ridges, we recommend using for water only as left-behind creamer and sugars will be hard to clean. Que are perfect travel bottles, pressing down to half their size when empty. $25.
Nicker More, Buck Less bumperstickers – FREE for a limited time when you order any books from the Cayuse library.
Alpine Start – instant coffee from Colorado. Better than any other instant, including Starbucks Via. $8 bucks and up.
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.
Under the Tree, under $100:
Toad&Co.’s Re-Form Flannel – a cozy, attractive and versatile option. Around $80.
Scotch Plaid by LL Bean – Julie Kenney’s new favorite shirt, in a relaxed fit. Around $50.
Western Snap Shirt – made of a blend of hemp and polyester from Patagonia. This good-looking snap shirt is comfortable all year and durable as heck. $79.
Knotty Girlz halters and leads – lots of top-quality choices from this woman-owned, Washington state company. $20 and up.
Under the Tree, over $100:
Storm Chaser Boots from LL Bean. Slip them on like slippers. Head out to the barn and your feet will stay warm on cold winter days and nights. We challenge you to even wear them without socks! That’s how comfy and insulated they are. $109.
LL Bean’s Utility Jacket is an excellent choice for cool (not cold) temperatures. We loved its tailored style and durability. $159
Patagonia’s Barn Coat – made of hemp and stylish as work garments go. This jacket is incredibly durable and soft, requiring no break-in. $199.
Title Nine’s Full Zip Power Sweater – made of wool yet washable, super stylish yet practical. An excellent choice for when you have to go from barn chores to town $139.
CR Ranchwear shirts – Can an elegant, made-in-Texas shirt morph you from slob-to-sophisticate? Yes, yes, it can. $99 and up.
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.
Patagonia’s Recycled Black Hole Bags – we love the 40 liter weekend bag, which can be carried conventionally or as a backpack. But there are others. Many others. And they all last forever. $100 and up.
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.
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 and Costa Rica in 2020. Get in on the fun with this mindful, horse-y travel. Click here.
Check out the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, an annual mind-expanding event with so much to offer. Concerts, poetry recitations, workshops, museum and trade events, and lots more during a week in Elko, Nevada. While there, you must also check out the Outside Circle Show.
Stay tuned for the next Best Horse Practices Summit. We’ll release details soon about our 2020 conference. And we will look forward to seeing you there!