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Christmas Gifts For Every Rider

Here at Bridleway, we already have reindeer galloping through our dreams, jingle bells in our heads and we may have munched on a mince pie or two (it’s not too early, is it?) as we count down the days until Christmas.

With the festive season is on its way, there’s nothing we like better than helping others find that perfect gift for horse-loving friends and family, so here is our ultimate Christmas gift guide:

The all-weather rider

For all-weather riders, we have the perfect Christmas gifts for staying safe, dry and warm on darker nights.

Our yellow exercise sheet with tail flap is lightweight, bright and designed to ensure the rider is seen no matter what the weather – perfect for misty, morning rides. To keep ears cosy in the yard, our fleece ear warmer headband is warm, stylish and comfortable, there’s a matching neck warmer too.

 The fashion conscious rider

Buying the perfect gift for the fashion conscious rider can be tricky, but here are our top presents for your most on-trend friends. The Lavello bridlework range offers high quality-workmanship in long lasting Italian leather. Bridles feature ergonomic, pressure relief headpieces, padded for comfort and come complete with non-stretch rubber grip reins.

For everyday style, the jean-look Marlborough ladies breeches from our latest collection are made from a lightweight fabric and feature contrast stitching, a rear pocket design and our Bridleway logo. Available in white, navy and grey, these are a must for all on-trend riders.

 Treat someone special

For that special someone that deserves a Christmas treat with added luxury, why not spoil them (and their horse) with the luxurious Lambskin half lined saddlecloth. Designed to increase comfort and style for the rider, this saddlecloth is crafted from super soft Australian Merino lambskin.

If you’re looking to treat someone to a cosy, new winter rug, the heavy weight Vancouver combo has an ultra-modern sporty design and is perfect for extreme weather conditions. It features a 1200d ripstop outer and 350g fill to ensure a warm and dry horse no matter what the conditions.

 Stocking fillers

For a low-cost stocking filler, our dotty socks are one of our favourite new products. The fun, colourful design is on-trend and they are the perfect present to keep toes toasty and warm this winter.

Another option is our eye catching, best-selling quick fit over reach boots. These boots are designed to protect the horse’s heel bulb against knocks, and are available in a whole variety of bright colours including: black, pink, purple, white, brown, blue, orange and green.

 

 

Off On Holiday? Keep Calm and Gallop On!

Whether heading off on holiday or taking part in a show, visiting a new place can be stressful if you’re worried about keeping your horse calm when venturing away from home. If your horse struggles to adapt to new places or is simply not used to traveling, don’t panic – with our simple tips you could soon be calm and relaxed no matter what adventures lie ahead: –

Stick to your everyday routine
Horses like routine, so avoid breaking it where possible even if you are on holiday or competing. If you do have to make changes, plan in advance and tweak your day-to-day routine while at home to give your horse time to adjust.

Safety in numbers
Why not bring a friend or companion for you and your horse? Having a friend to support you will help you to stay calm and allow you to maintain control if your horse becomes anxious. The same can be said for your horse; a companion horse can work wonders to ease their nerves.

Practice the situation
If you are entering a competition, take your horse to a practice show beforehand so you can learn how your horse reacts in that particular situation and adapt the care you provide. If you’re planning a horse-friendly holiday, why not ask a fellow horse-loving friend if your horses can swap stables for the night. This will give your horse the opportunity to get used to being in a new environment and you will be able to gauge how they feel.

Stay confident
Horses can be spooked if they feel a lack of confidence from their rider. If you are feeling at all nervous, remember the days and weeks of training you have put in with your horse and the strong relationship you have. Simply by taking some deep breaths and walking your horse in figures of eight can calm both of you down and focus any nervous energy on the activity in hand.

Create a distraction with stable toys
Stable toys are a relatively new phenomenon but a great way to maintain your horse’s attention with something recognisable from their home environment. Most involve food and encourage natural foraging behaviour. Footballs are also great toys and some racehorse trainers simply use empty containers filled with nuts to hold their horse’s attention. Generally horses only focus on one thing at a time, so if you can maintain their attention with a toy they recognise any worries over their new environment should soon be forgotten.

 

Explore Some Horse Holidays

With so many horse holidays to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to go and what to do, so we’ve rounded-up some of the top riding holidays from UK-based luxury weekends away, to getting stuck-in on a working ranch in the US – they should provide a few ideas to get you started.

1)    A luxury country house escape 

For anyone looking for luxury in a riding holiday, a two-night stay at a Country House Hotel in Cheshire could be perfect. Enjoy a chance to improve your skills with tuition from an equestrian expert in the morning (tuition is available for all levels of ability) and then take in the wonderful Cheshire countryside during an afternoon of hacking. And you’ll even have time to relax and enjoy a beauty treatment or two.

2)    Young rider holidays

For young riders looking to take on their own adventure, why not visit Kilnsey Trekking and Riding Centre in North Yorkshire? These stables are the perfect starting point to explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park and discover the natural wildlife habitats and stunning scenery in this part of the UK. The centre offers Pony Club camps for young riders to spend a fun week learning new skills, and can accommodate children with and without their own horse or pony.

3)    The Inca Challenge

If you’re looking for a real adventure why not try trekking across the Inca trail? The British Horse Society (BHS) organises this challenge. The trek takes riders from Cusco in Peru to Machu Picchu and includes trails high-up in the Andes (not for the faint hearted!) and ends with a chance to explore the ancient ruins of the Inca civilisation. For a full itinerary and further information visit BHS.

4)    The Beach Riding Experience

With beautiful coastlines around the UK, riders don’t have to venture too far afield to enjoy impressive views and miles of open countryside. A favourite spot along the Dorset coast is Studland Beach. There are friendly stables in the village of Studland and from there riders can enjoy beach, forest, heath and coastal ridge rides. There is so much to do with horses and rides to suit all abilities.

5)    Learn How To Be A Real Cowboy

Kara Creek Ranch in Wyoming is a working ranch where the main activity is cattle management, much of which takes place on horseback. Guests will be able to get involved in day-to-day tasks on the ranch, which is open almost all summer. However the best times to visit are spring and autumn when the ranch is at its busiest. Acting like a real cowboy does involve getting stuck in (sometimes working eight hours a day), so this trip is for intermediate or advanced riders looking for a challenge and the trip of a lifetime. To find out more about ranch holidays (including more laid-back trips) visit: American Roundup.

Creating an on-trend holiday wardrobe

Riders looking to freshen-up their wardrobe ready for their equestrian holiday should check out our latest summer range. The new collection has been designed to set the trend for stylish, practical and fun riding. The season is based on vibrant, bright colours that co-ordinate across the range. To find your nearest retailer, visit our website.