Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Equestrian holiday gift guide: Trainer Edition


Many fellow bloggers have published great gift guides and showcases that include gifts of all types in a wide price range for almost any kind of equestrian. Today, I'm bringing you my suggestions on what to get your ever-so-hard to shop for trainer.

I consulted with a few real live trainers in the area to get some help; see, I don't always make it up as I go along! Here are their very practical suggestions:
  • A new helmet: Falls happen to the best of riders- make sure your trainer's helmet will protect her if she's putting in a training ride on someone's 'prospect'. Nice helmets are expensive, so consider getting a group of her clients together to but it!
  • Horse treats: Chances are your trainer goes through treats like there's no tomorrow. A big bucket of them will be appreciated (especially if you've been known to occasionally grab one or two for your own horse...not that I ever do this...).
  • Subscription to a favorite magazine: Trainers like to unwind like the rest of us- buy a single issue of her favorite magazine, pair it with a bottle of wine, and include a note about the subscription!
  • Gloves: We all know you can never have enough pairs of schooling gloves. Your trainer probably has a favorite brand and style- think about gifting a pair in a new, fun color.
  • Membership to sport organization: Paying dues for equestrian organizations can get expensive! Help your trainer out by paying her dues for her annual membership, whether it's USDF, USHJA, USEF, or USEA! 
  • Personalized grooming tote: Having a place to stash brushes and braiding supplies is always good. Personalize it with a name or monogram to make it easy to keep track of what belongs to who!
  • Gift certificate to a favorite tack store: Your local store, Dover, Smartpak- every equestrian can find something they need at a tack store!
  • My personal favorite response: "What can my clients get me for Christmas? They can pay their bills on time! I don't want to tell you how much it cost to get the indoor arena lights fixed."
What are you getting your trainer this year? 

11 comments:

L.Williams said...

Lovely ideas!

Austen Gage said...

Good tips! Some of those are out of my price range. Being totally broke, I got my trainer a deep clean and condition of her tack and four vouchers to be used whenever for braiding or tack cleaning services. It's not a lot, but it's something I'm good at that she doesn't have a lot of time to do.

emma said...

great list!! i usually opt for baked goods... but these are nice too :)

No Hour Wasted said...

Last one is all funny and sad at same time! :$

Stephanie said...

I think that's a great idea! I could use some braiding vouchers. :(

Stephanie said...

Thanks!

Stephanie said...

Baked goods never hurt!

Stephanie said...

I know!!

Sarah said...

Oh boy I needed this post a few days ago! I ended up ordering my trainer a back-on-track shirt since she has a shoulder injury which would hopefully benefit from the infrared!

Wilbur, Ellie, and Emily said...

This is great! We go in as a barn with cash for our trainer, two assistants, and grooms.

Jen said...

We're personal friends with my trainer and her fiance, so my husband and I are taking them out for a fancy dinner. I like to get them non-horsey stuff for Christmas, though last year I did embroidered lead ropes.

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