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post #1 of 20 Old 02-21-2017, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
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Question My Niece's birthday

Hello Horse Forum,

As you can see from the title it is my Niece's birthday coming up, she will be 16 years old and loving her amazing life. Natalie "my sister" has 2 horses that she and my sister ride and look after, they are up to the stables every day. I feel for you guys, it is some back breaking work looking after the horses day and night.

Anyway, Natalie's birthday, I have no idea where to start but I want to go down the horse route and find her something that she can use daily or something that she will treasure. when I see people riding their horses they are wearing pretty similar clothing, the tight leggings some kind of jacket and a helmet. I would love to get my sister a jacket and then get a monogram of her initials printed on somewhere. That was the only idea I had and I don't even know the name for the jackets or where to get them from.

Any ideas or suggestion would be great guys! Something that you would love as a birthday present or would have a 16!! Looking forward to some replies guys!

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post #2 of 20 Old 02-21-2017, 04:44 AM
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Hmm, guess it depends on how much you want to spend. A nice jacket, boots, a tack bag, or saddle stand she can fit in her car - kids get their license at 16yo over there don't they?? Or horsey seat covers for her future car... Or a horsey artwork of some description. A friend gave me a framed painting of brumbies in the snow for my 18th & that still has pride of place on a wall in my house.
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I will have to have a chat with my sister to see about her license, this is a brilliant idea! After I have done a little research on this I will be back.

Thanks for the reply
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Hello and welcome! You sound like a terrific young man in a close and wonderful family!

You don't say how close your niece's birthday is. If there is enough time, does you sister have any exceptional pictures of your niece and her horse, or a picture of your sister, niece, and both horses?

You could get an enlarged copy and put it in a nice frame from a frame shop. Good frames cost money but worth every penny to honor the picture they hold:)

We hope you will let us know your final decision:)

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My daughter had her horse's saddle pad monogrammed. Lots of the girls are doing it at her barn. It's pretty cute if your niece has her own horse. Jackets can be expensive and it may be difficult to know the right size since they're all made different so it's best to try it on. And I don't know your niece, but most 16 year olds have pretty specific ideas about what colours/styles they like. Also, if she's going to ride at shows, they sometimes have strict rules about "bling".

A pair of very nice riding gloves is also appreciated.

Here's what the monogrammed saddle pad looks like. Harley is the horse's name, but some girls put their name on it, especially if they ride different horses.
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Hello and welcome! You sound like a terrific young man in a close and wonderful family!

You don't say how close your niece's birthday is. If there is enough time, does you sister have any exceptional pictures of your niece and her horse, or a picture of your sister, niece, and both horses?

You could get an enlarged copy and put it in a nice frame from a frame shop. Good frames cost money but worth every penny to honor the picture they hold:)

We hope you will let us know your final decision:)
This is a good idea, and you can also have the photo printed on all sorts of things, from mouse pads to blankets!
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Welcome to the forum! :)
That is so sweet you want to make her birthday special, how exciting! So nice of you.
I agree with the picture framing- that sounds like a nice gift that she can appreciate and look at every day.
Other good gifts are, well, go to a tack shop and you'll find a lot of good stuff. You could get engraved halters as well, or nametags etc she can put on her bridles/halters. My trainer has those, they're really cute & personalized.

New grooming supplies is also a good gift. Can never have too many brushes.
Hope I helped!

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Dover Saddlery offers a myriad of items you can have monogrammed (:
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Right guys loads of replies and all pointing towards framed pictures and monogrammed saddles. I will do a little research on the saddles at the Dover Saddlery site and start trying to find out some photos! Her birthday is at the end of next month so there should be plenty of time!!
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Right guys loads of replies and all pointing towards framed pictures and monogrammed saddles. I will do a little research on the saddles at the Dover Saddlery site and start trying to find out some photos! Her birthday is at the end of next month so there should be plenty of time!!
Saddle blankets

Not saddles

That would be really big dollars and not something that is easily bought. Saddles have to be properly fit not only to the rider but also the horse.

Believe all of us when we say fitting the horse is a huge headache
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