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post #11 of 20 Old 02-23-2017, 08:35 PM
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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
I assumed he meant saddle pads :)

Another possibility is a really nice monogrammed saddle cover to keep the dust off. Or a nice saddle bag for traveling to shows, if the OP's niece does that.

You can even get monogrammed brushes!

No end to the stuff you can buy a horse crazy person is there!!!
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When I worked at a lesson barn the girls loved grooming totes. They could show off to their friend's while useful and also nice to know what's yours- and have something that's yours instead of something from the barn!

Like this:
http://www.doversaddlery.com/horsewa...te/p/X1-10162/

They're available in all sorts. Get a nice one (some are cheap and the tools are horrid). Also make sure the barn allows this, some barns each horse has their own brushes to prevent germs and such (though they might make an exception if her brushes are only being used on one horse).

Mostly the younger girls were into that. If she shows a nice appropriate (and you WILL need to do your research on appropriate for show gear!!!) item is great. A girl got a very nice quality smart black crop- with her initials monogrammed on it. Sweet simple and very stylish.

Treats are always good:
http://www.doversaddlery.com/german-...b/p/x1-220203/
Not the ultimate gift to HER of course but cute to throw in ALWAYS. Again check on barn rules.

The jacket idea is really nice but I know I am picky myself. I ran with the Dover suggestion above but they really are great to work with and top quality, one of my top pics. SmartPak is another good site though designed a little differently.... Horse.com is cheap and has a lot of variety. Hmm... LOTS of options!! How nice a gift are you looking to get? A little awkward to phrase it that way but I'm sure you know what I mean. If going for casual barn gear in general is ALWAYS good. Boots, mittens, thermals, anything horse themed. Honestly even a lesson package or opportunity like a clinic that you signed her up for would be nice even if indirect. If she's serious getting in with a big name clinician (if even an option) would be pretty huge. It's all so dependent.

Careful with the car ideas, here you don't drive on your own until 17 at the earliest and definitely no guarantee of your own car then either!

A boot/helmet bag or something is always nice.... check if she needs any actual equipment.

It's super nice that you came on here just to research! There are soo many options and a lot of it depends on how the barn works and how she is involved unfortunately.

Some other nice gifts were monogrammed pads and even -for a few girls that rode the same horse usually-their own halters. A lot of it is having something nice that is yours that other people don't even have lol. Plus, as barn staff, it helps out the barn staff to know what's what! lol

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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
Is this a saddle blanket??
http://www.for-sale.ie/saddle-blanket

Thanks
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I'm a 16 yr old girl so I can give a firsthand opinion I actually bought a saddle pad with some birthday money so I think that's a fantastic idea, especially if you get it monogrammed. Or even getting an engraved/monogrammed halter...I'm looking into getting an engraved leather halter myself. I don't know what she all has and doesn't have, but all of those are great ideas! A framed picture or painting of my horse would also have me over the moon excited, so I'm sure she'd love that if you go down that road as well! Good luck! Whatever you get her, I'm sure she'll love it.

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That is a Western saddle pad. You can't put that under and English saddle. I was under the impression she rode English since you mentioned tight fitting riding pants. But this is something you need to be sure about!

This is a Western rider

This is an English rider
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These are English saddle pads: Lettia Coolmax ICE Pad | RIE6796 | Greenhawk

These are Western saddle blankets, usually worn over a pad of some sort: Weaver Navajo Saddle Blanket | RIW3918 | Greenhawk
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And for showing, most English classes require a shaped pad that looks like this. We don't use our monogrammed saddle pad at shows, unless they're fun shows (not sanctioned).
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I'm a 16 yr old girl so I can give a firsthand opinion I actually bought a saddle pad with some birthday money so I think that's a fantastic idea, especially if you get it monogrammed. Or even getting an engraved/monogrammed halter...I'm looking into getting an engraved leather halter myself. I don't know what she all has and doesn't have, but all of those are great ideas! A framed picture or painting of my horse would also have me over the moon excited, so I'm sure she'd love that if you go down that road as well! Good luck! Whatever you get her, I'm sure she'll love it.
^^^ great advice from someone in the know"

The saddle pad (blanket) might be something to let your niece pick out as not only is style important, so is the color. Especially if she is riding English and planning on showing.

You could make her a saddle pad "coupon", let her pick what she wants and have it monogrammed however she says:)

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For my son's 12th birthday we got him a monogrammed saddle pad (this one) and a monogrammed ear bonnet (this one). He loves them both. If she rides western, as others have stated, these ideas won't work. Maybe even a gift certificate to a local tack store if there is one.
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post #20 of 20 Old 02-25-2017, 11:48 AM
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I like the idea of a 'coupon'! Then she could pick out exactly what she wants (: Within reason, of course!

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