Hey, Santa! What sweet surprises can you tuck into a Christmas stocking for an equestrian? Holiday stockings have been a treasured tradition for nearly two millennia, ever since St. Nicholas began his benevolent holiday habit. In Wisconsin and certain other spots, this tradition takes place for many folks on St. Nick’s Day, which is December 6. In other locales, Santa fills stockings on Christmas Eve.
Here are a dozen super stocking stuffers for horse lovers. Most of these great little horsey holiday gifts may be purchased for just a few dollars from retailers horse lovers tend to frequent anyway: tack and feed shops, country supply centers, or pet outlets, or hardware stores. Items are listed in alphabetical order.
- Christmas tree ornaments – Look for cute holiday ornaments, such as cowboy boots, cowboy hats, horses, ponies, Santa on horseback and more. Or make your own Peppermint Pony Christmas ornament.
- Curry combs – These rubber or plastic horse grooming tools are useful, practical and economical Christmas stocking stuffers.
- Hoof pick – The simplest horse hoof picks cost about $1.00. More elaborate models may run slightly higher. Hoof picks fit nicely into holiday stockings for horsey folks.
- Horse cookies – Feed stores often sell horse cookies in small sample-sized bags, which are ideal for stuffing equestrian Christmas stockings.
- Horse grooming brushes – Soft brushes, hard brushes, mane and tail brushes and combs make excellent stocking stuffers for horse lovers.
- Horse mane braiding bands – Small plastic bags of tiny rubber bands are handy for braiding horses’ manes and tucking into an equestrian’s Christmas stocking. Skip the pricey tack store version, and pick up a bigger bag of simple rubber hair braiding bands at a local beauty supply store for much less.
- Horse pattern socks – Fun socks with horse-themed designs are perennial favorites for equestrians. How about rolling up a pair or two and stuffing the socks into a Christmas stocking for a horseback rider?
- Horse show hair bows – Horse show hair bows may differ somewhat by equestrian discipline and personal preference. However, any long-haired equestrienne may welcome a new one in her Christmas stocking.
- Horseback riding gloves – Equestrian gloves may be warm and toasty, smart and stylish or rugged and ready for barn work. Even the economical stretchy knit nubby gloves are super for cold-weather riding, making them great Christmas stocking stuffers.
- Peppermints – Candy canes and peppermint kisses are great fillers for a horse lover’s Christmas stocking. Most equestrians enjoy sharing these with their horses as well.
- Snap clips – Metal snap clips come in handy at the stables. From basic bull snaps to colorful carabiner clips, these hardware helpers are useful for fixing cross ties, lead ropes, longe lines, horse halters, horse trailer ties and much more. Available at any hardware store, snap clips fit nicely into a Christmas stocking.
- Vet Wrap – Colorful and stretchy, vet wrap is a budget-friendly Christmas stocking stuffer for a horse lover. Vet wrap is primarily used to wrap equine injuries, but many equestrians also use it for last-minute mending at the barn. Duct tape is another multi-purpose useful item horse lovers tend to keep on hand. Why not grab a roll or vet wrap and a roll of duct tape to fill out an equestrian’s Christmas stocking?
Why not fill a Christmas stocking with horsey favorites for a special equestrian this holiday season? Better yet, how about stuffing a holiday stocking and hanging it on a special horse’s stall at the barn?