Have a horse-crazy girl to buy for? Horse-theme gifts may sound scarce, but in reality the range of options is vast. Depending on your special girl's style and preferences, you can choose a horse-related gift that she'll be delighted to receive.
Art and Mementos
If she has her own room, chances are the decor theme is all things horse. A professionally done oil painting or watercolor of a horse would make a lovely wall hanging, as would a commissioned portrait of the girl posing with a horse or simply decked out in full riding gear. Or get every horse-related photo of the girl that you can find and create a photo collage (or fill a multi-slot picture frame with them). If she has a pair of riding boots or a helmet that she has outgrown, have the item bronzed or mounted on a plaque.
Horse-related entertainment is plentiful. An assortment of horse-centric movies, such as "Seabiscuit," "Hidalgo" and "Black Beauty," can grace her DVD shelf for years. If she enjoys reading, books such as "Stormy, Misty's Foal," "Fighting Chance" and "The Fire Pony" may be a big hit. Another idea is to buy her an online movie- or book-rental subscription so she can peruse the titles and choose her own entertainment. Before gifting it, add pre-set searches so that she can start looking right away. Also, a subscription to a horse magazine such as "Young Rider" will give her fresh reading material every month.
Trips and Activities
A vacation spent on horseback or a trail ride can be an unforgettable experience for a horse lover, as can a summer spent at horse camp with other young enthusiasts. If those are too pricey, consider a day trip to a racetrack. Get good seats and let her wager a small amount of money on a horse. For ongoing benefits, sign her up for polo lessons or get her a professional riding coach. If lessons are prohibitively expensive, you can provide a consultation or a one-time evaluation instead.
For a serious rider, new tack (if she owns a horse) can help keep her in the saddle for a long time. Riding boots and other clothing are surefire hits as well (check if she has a favorite store or brand before buying). Enlist the help of a few family members to build an inexpensive round horse pen or create obstacles for her to practice jumping. For access to information and other horse enthusiasts, consider a gift membership to the American Quarter Horse Association, the Appaloosa Horse Club or another breed organization. Of course, you could also simply purchase a horse for your special girl.
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