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        11-30-2011, 11:17 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    I guess I am in the minority, but I LOVE any kind of horsey gifts. I still remember my cousin (very non-horsey) bought me some horse treats one year. That's been like 15 years ago and I still remember it! And when my foal was born, a neighbor gave me a foal halter for him (I didn't have one yet and she actually went to our local feed store, talked to the lady that owned the place, and the lady had told her I was looking at foal halters but didn't buy one). How thoughtful is it for someone non-horsey to buy me a horse gift? I think it is VERY thoughtful!

    I have also had a friend buy me a running martingale one time (which I don't use) but she included the receipt and said I could exchange it if I wanted. I exchanged it for a very nice bit which I still own. So yeah, I can pretty much name all the horse related gifts I've gotten and to me they are the BEST kind of gifts.

    You almost can't go wrong with a nice halter and lead rope. What you can also do, if you don't mind doing that sort of thing, is include the receipt and say that if it isn't something she can use she can exchange it for something else. Or better yet, maybe a gift certificate to a favorite feed or tack store? I ADORE feed/tack store gift certificates. But maybe I am weird that way.
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        11-30-2011, 11:26 PM
      #22
    Started
    That's really thoughtful of you to want to get her something horse-related. I think she'll appreciate it.

    As a fellow horsewoman, I think a gift that has to do with HER horse would be even better. It's way more personal. How about a bracelet or necklace with her horse's name engraved on it? This one is beautiful:

    Personalized Pony Bracelet - netEquestrian

    Or you could get her a bridle tag with the horse's name. It's like a dog tag, but it goes on the halter or bridle. I think you can get them from Stateline Tack or Back in the Saddle.
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        12-01-2011, 08:10 AM
      #23
    Banned
    I didn't read all the responses, but I don't think you could go wrong with getting a very nice equine coffee table book. Lots of nice photographs or something. Or artwork.
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        12-01-2011, 09:28 AM
      #24
    Foal
    A simple necklace makes a very nice gift and a horse shoe pendant is definitely a safe way to go. It represents her interest in horses and is also a symbol of good luck. She can wear it any time - to the barn or out on a date.

    Check out this site for some ideas Gift Ideas for Women Who Love Horses ~ Wife, Girlfriend, Daughter, Sister
         
        12-01-2011, 09:58 AM
      #25
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by trailhorserider    

    You almost can't go wrong with a nice halter and lead rope. What you can also do, if you don't mind doing that sort of thing, is include the receipt and say that if it isn't something she can use she can exchange it for something else.
    Most stores, especially at this time of year, can provide you with a "gift receipt" so that the price of the item isn't immediately obvious when you give the gift. Sure, if she exchanges it, she will have to find out the value, but if she loves it, then you don't have that awkward "did I spent too much (not enough)" question.

    I will also agree that it's really nice you're interested in giving her something related to something she loves. I personally love organizing a gift around an activity my husband and I do together. In addition to the dinner & movie suggestions you've gotten, is there anyplace around you where you could take her on a trail ride for an afternoon? I know you said you have no horse experience, but if you went to a place that catered to people who never really ride and did guided outings, it might be fun to be able to do that together. Sure, it won't be the most challenging ride of her lifetime, but it could be really fun to have that experience together.
         
        12-01-2011, 10:52 AM
      #26
    Foal
    Thank you!

    Thanks everyone for the helpful advice. We've talked about getting to meet her horse. I'm trying to find room in her schedule for a visit in the next couple weeks. I'm thinking horse treats are probably the way to go. Bring them along, and present them to both of them at the same time. :)

    So now that we've narrowed it down, a little more help? Brands? Styles? Quality? Would I find something like this at a feed store? Her horse is a young, male Tennessee Walking Horse. I'd like to get some kind of treat that, at least for horses, might be considered boutique or gourmet (the dog treat world has all sorts of options like this).

    PS - Natisha, I do in fact have a brother! ;) Unfortunately not only are he and I nothing alike, but he's taken.
         
        12-01-2011, 02:42 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    If you have a Stagecoach West near you, their stuff is a little expensive biut usally pretty good quality. Another common supplier is a Tractor Supply Co. But if you have a local tack store you can check there, too.
         

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