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IslandWave 01-12-2011 11:26 PM

How to spoil horse? Giftish ideas needed!
 
After being away from my horse for nine months, I'm going to be able to visit her! :-) She's currently being leased by two wonderful ladies and I am wanting to buy a gift that stays in the price range of $50 but would be a cute horse or barn related gift for all three of them to enjoy.

The only thing I could think of was a cool halter from Quality Fancy Fashion Horse Halters and Horse Leads. Welcome! but I also can't justify spending that much on just a halter...

So any other ideas?

My horse has all of her basic tack and is ridden in dressage lessons mostly. She already has four different saddle pads, and a nylon and rope halter, and the usual grooming supplies.

Poseidon 01-12-2011 11:35 PM

If ever I win the lottery, I will own a whole pile of these halters. I would love to get one as a gift. However, I can't justify spending that much either. I know a few of these can be found on other websites for at least $10 cheaper. Still a lot for a halter, but $30 sounds better than $42 for the same product.

Maybe find one of the halters on a different website for cheaper and then get a bag of treats for your horse?

A knack for horses 01-12-2011 11:38 PM

What about baking some horse treats? Your horse would definately enjoy those ;-)

I know a lot of people make fancy browbands (MIEeventer comes to mind on the HF), that would be fancy in the show ring.

Here is MIEeventers more recent thread. It has pictures and prices for her browbands:

http://www.horseforum.com/tack-equip...owbands-56062/

RebeccaMI 01-13-2011 01:55 PM

I'll second Knack's suggestion of horse treats. You can put a batch in a pretty plastic bag (the kind that's made for cookies is available at dollar stores) and maybe stick it in a little basket to make a little gift out of it.

Here's a recipe that is a favorite of both me and my horse:

JTís Favorite Three-Ingredient Treats
quick oatmeal
carrots
applesauce

Pour a desired amount of oatmeal into a large mixing bowl. Wash or peel carrots and shred them into the bowl along with the oatmeal. Then start adding applesauce a little bit at a time, mixing each time. What you want is a mixture that is sticky like breakfast oatmeal. (If the mixture is too wet it may not bake correctly.) Take handfuls of the mixture and roll them into balls the size of golf balls with your hands. Place balls on greased cookie sheet and flatten to the shape of cookies. They do not spread out at all, so you can place them fairly close together on the sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. When done they should be springy, something like dense carrot cake. Let cool and then remove from cookie sheet.

TIPS:
  • I usually use 3-4 carrots depending on size, but the number of carrots you use will depend on how carrot-y you want your cookies to be. If you end up with an amount of shredded carrots that looks like too much, or if the cookie balls donít stay together when you roll them because they contain too much shredded carrot, you can just add more of the other two ingredients to even out the portions.
  • I found that the best way to mix the ingredients together is with my hands.
  • If you donít have the patience to roll the cookie balls (which I sometimes donít), you can take a large lump of the mixture and place it on the cookie sheet. Flatten it out into a large pancake and bake it that way. When itís done and has had a chance to cool, you can tear it into cookie-sized pieces or slice it with a pizza cutter.
  • To add more flavor to the cookies, try making them with instant oatmeal (the kind that comes several single-serving packets to a box). The apple cinnamon or maple and brown sugar kind make good treats. You can also drizzle molasses over the top before baking.

IslandWave 01-13-2011 03:04 PM

I think I will make some horse cookies! :)

I also thought of those super awesome bareback pads that GypsyTally921 used to make and sell here... Does anyone have contact info for her?

Poseidon 01-13-2011 09:02 PM

Maneattractionequine@gmail.com I looked her up on the forum to see the bareback pads and found the thread she started about them. That's the email address she had posted. You could give it a shot. If it works, you should tell me because I want one too!

IslandWave 01-13-2011 09:18 PM

Thanks Poseidon!

I also found someone who makes custom rope halters. I like that idea a lot, too. Here's her website, if anyone else is interested. Her work looks good.
Home - rope tack

trailhorserider 01-13-2011 11:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RebeccaMI (Post 888423)
I'll second Knack's suggestion of horse treats. You can put a batch in a pretty plastic bag (the kind that's made for cookies is available at dollar stores) and maybe stick it in a little basket to make a little gift out of it.

Here's a recipe that is a favorite of both me and my horse:

JTís Favorite Three-Ingredient Treats
quick oatmeal
carrots
applesauce

Pour a desired amount of oatmeal into a large mixing bowl. Wash or peel carrots and shred them into the bowl along with the oatmeal. Then start adding applesauce a little bit at a time, mixing each time. What you want is a mixture that is sticky like breakfast oatmeal. (If the mixture is too wet it may not bake correctly.) Take handfuls of the mixture and roll them into balls the size of golf balls with your hands. Place balls on greased cookie sheet and flatten to the shape of cookies. They do not spread out at all, so you can place them fairly close together on the sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. When done they should be springy, something like dense carrot cake. Let cool and then remove from cookie sheet.

TIPS:
  • I usually use 3-4 carrots depending on size, but the number of carrots you use will depend on how carrot-y you want your cookies to be. If you end up with an amount of shredded carrots that looks like too much, or if the cookie balls donít stay together when you roll them because they contain too much shredded carrot, you can just add more of the other two ingredients to even out the portions.
  • I found that the best way to mix the ingredients together is with my hands.
  • If you donít have the patience to roll the cookie balls (which I sometimes donít), you can take a large lump of the mixture and place it on the cookie sheet. Flatten it out into a large pancake and bake it that way. When itís done and has had a chance to cool, you can tear it into cookie-sized pieces or slice it with a pizza cutter.
  • To add more flavor to the cookies, try making them with instant oatmeal (the kind that comes several single-serving packets to a box). The apple cinnamon or maple and brown sugar kind make good treats. You can also drizzle molasses over the top before baking.

I love your cookie recipe! I'm going to have to try it! So simple!

I usually take a box of cake mix and dump in a bunch of grain, like oats, barley or bran. Add some water and a little vegetable oil (so they don't stick) and roll them into balls and bake. But I will have to try your recipe. Sounds good even for humans!

RebeccaMI 01-14-2011 12:09 AM

I've tried them, hee hee. They're actually not bad at all.


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