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post #11 of 18 Old 03-30-2010, 12:04 AM
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Her Arab sounds like he's old blood, endurance Arab. We had a horse go through training who was that large, big boned, but full Arab.

I just got mine some Cowboy Cookbooks, she's moving up north.

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post #12 of 18 Old 03-30-2010, 11:56 AM
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a couple of ideas I have had good luck with. If your trainer wears baseball caps you can go to any embroidery place and have something personal put on a cap. They usually have standard jumping or other horse pictures to choose from that they embroider on and you can pick colors. We had our trainer's favorite saying embroidered on one, also "the trainer is always right" embroidered on another. The hats cost a whopping ten dollars and they are very personal. I think you can never have too many riding gloves and they are kind of expensive so that is a nice gift. Also, a gift certificate to an online helmet cover place is fun.
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post #13 of 18 Old 03-30-2010, 05:39 PM
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I second the idea of a nice pair of riding gloves; also the idea for hats. Practical and useful.

I always wore odd/distinctive hats at shows so my students could find me quickly in the crowd. Two of my favorites were a baseball cap made of a hunting print, another had the slogan "No whining" emobrodiered on the back so I could actaully say "Sorry, I've got my no whining hat on today" and mean it literally.

For a more sentimental gift; the framed photo is a great idea; either a good photo of her and her horse, or one of you and yours. My students got together one year and did a big photo collage of all of them and their horses with funny captions and I cherish it to this day. I also had a wall of student's competition photos in my tack room.

If you can pull it off in time, a scrapbook would be great too.
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post #14 of 18 Old 03-30-2010, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I know her address, and her house is about 15 mins from mine-- I can always plop something in her mail box.

I think a hat is a good idea. And maybe an English seat cushion. I dunno if they are legal on endurance rides, but that is what she mostly rides-- endurance and jumping.
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post #15 of 18 Old 03-30-2010, 08:26 PM
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Every horseman should have a good knife so I would get her an engraved pocket knife. Maybe have her favorite saying or a word of thanks put on one side.

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post #16 of 18 Old 03-30-2010, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
Every horseman should have a good knife so I would get her an engraved pocket knife. Maybe have her favorite saying or a word of thanks put on one side.
That used to be my fav gift to co workers at the farm I used to work at, and they always loved them, and obviously always handy - however my ex fiance was from England, and when I gave him one the first Christmas I knew him, he opened the gift, freaked out and closed his eyes screaming "no, no, take it back" I was terribly offended, but apparently some people who are a little supersticious consider knives a "parting gift", and it's a big no no to give one to someone you care about. He also had these freaky issues with new shoes that were still in the box being set on a table. Weird.

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post #17 of 18 Old 03-30-2010, 10:03 PM
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Too bad about the knife superstition. It is a great idea. My husband gave me one with really pretty stones on it. One of my favorite gifts I have gotten.
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post #18 of 18 Old 03-30-2010, 10:04 PM
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I love the "no whining" hat!
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