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Bridleway’s 2019 Christmas Gift Guide

Treats for Teens

If you’re seeking inspiration for gift ideas that your pony mad teenager will love, we’ve got a few items that are sure to be a hit!

With two gorgeous colours to choose from, the Children’s Keswick Gilet, available in sizes XXS – XL, is a year-round wardrobe essential. Its warm fleece fabric is perfect for layering and adding extra warmth to any riding or casual outfit. (Don’t worry, if you fancy one for yourself, the Keswick is also available in Ladies and Gents sizes too!)

Like the Keswick Gilet, the Maple Winter Riding Tights are perfect for extra warmth when riding in winter. Your teen will love them because they’re ultra-comfortable, thanks to the flatlock seams and soft fleece lining, and feature a grippy full silicone seat! You’ll love them because black fabric shows stains far less than beige jods…

For bonus parent points, treat your teen to a stylish matchy-matchy outfit. Pick and mix a base layer and coordinating hat cover, like the Mint Luna Long Sleeve Base Layer and Bertie Hat Cover, to create a desirable matchy look. Why not add some socks to complete the coordinated look?

Presents for Pampered Ponies

Does your horse deserve something special this Christmas? Here are some fabulous suggestions:

A luxurious leather headcollar is a classy and attractive gift that’s also perfect for travelling. Available in Black or Havana, these headcollars are adjustable and padded at the nose and poll to keep your horse comfortable. For an extra special touch, choose a headcollar with an engravable nameplate.

While it may not sound the most glamourous of Christmas gifts, the Multi-Purpose Girth, with its two interchangeable linings, is super practical and will be appreciated by your horse. The neoprene lining is non-slip and shock absorbing, and the soft synthetic sheepskin lining improves airflow, reducing the risk of chafing.

Finally, could the perfect gift for the perfect horse be a bridle customised with them in mind? To build your bridle, start with our signature Lavello Bridle Crown, then choose one of our six styles of noseband, a browband and your preferred size of reins. Then all that’s left to decide is which of the two colours of this gorgeous Italian leather will suit your horse best.

Colourful Christmas Choices

Do you have an equestrian pal who adores bright, multi-coloured Christmas decorations? Then these presents might be right up their street…

A Bridleway bestseller, our over-reach boots come in nine fantastic colours that brighten up any hoof. Perfect for matchy-matchy enthusiasts, or horses with a tendency to remove them when turned out – the bright colours make them easier to spot amongst the mud/grass!

New for 2019, these lunge lines make a fantastic stocking filler. Padded for comfort, they feature a practical hand loop and an easy to attach swivel trigger clip. Choose from three bright colour combinations – Navy/Yellow, Blue/Red, or Pink/Grey. They’re so pretty, we’re tempted to replace our tinsel with them this year…

With fun designs and three colours to choose from, these comfy headcollars will certainly add a splash of colour in winter. They’re also fully adjustable, with fleece padding at the nose and poll. Comfy and colourful, what more do you need?

Stocking Fillers

Looking for handy little gifts that make a perfect stocking filler? We’d recommend:

Something different…

If you’re looking for something that’s a bit more personal, making your own gifts can be a great way of showing you care. Why not bake some goodies for your pals and their ponies – if you need some inspiration here’s our tried and tested recipe for horse treats, with a festive cinnamon twist!

Recipe for homemade horse treats

1 cup grated carrot

1 cup flour

1 cup apple purée (unsweetened)

1 cup oats

1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

Add all your ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine with a wooden spoon until you’ve formed a thick paste.

Spoon your mix onto a lined baking tray in dessert spoon sized balls. For a more festive treat, we used cookie cutters to shape our mix – but be aware that they’ll spread as they bake.

Pop into a pre-heated oven at 180°C and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden.

Once they’re out of the oven, place them on a rack to cool down. Wrap them up in some tissue paper, or pop in a mason jar with a festive gift tag to gift to a friend. Or, feed straight to your pony for a tasty treat this Christmas!

 

Christmas with Bridleway Equestrian

With just over a month to go until Christmas, the team at Bridleway Equestrian have their tinsel and mince pies ready to go! To ensure you’re as prepared as possible for the holiday season, we’ve put together some fab gift ideas that will be perfect for the special horse or equestrian in your life (or just a great gift for yourself!)

For those who love a little bit of glitz

Both horse and rider can enjoy some glitz and glamour this Christmas with our sparkly style suggestions!

For the glamourous rider

Spoil them with a new pair of glitzy breeches, to add that little bit of extra luxury to their riding outfit. We suggest the Kinver Breeches, which feature gold embroidery and a matte floral silicone seat, or our Mendip Breeches, which have stylish silver glitter star print knee grips. Throw in a Sparkle Hat Cover in either royal, navy or pink to complete the look!

For the horse who loves to shine

Why not treat them to a cosy Fleece Lined Headcollar? With its attractive silver or gold sewn design your horse will look super elegant! Alternatively, the Classic Diamond Quilted Saddlecloths (available in Black, Navy or White) look effortlessly smart, and their gold cord trim provides an extra touch of sophistication.

For Matchy-Matchy enthusiasts

We all know them. You’ll never see this horse or pony in anything less than the perfect coordinated combo. Why not wrap them up a new matchy set? Our Signature range includes saddlecloths, bandages and fleece saddlecovers in five fabulous matching colours.

For the naughty pony

Have you got a cheeky horse who makes catching him seem more like you’re playing a game of tag? Choose a practical gift like the Break Free Headcollar, and you’ll not only be getting him something lovely and colourful, but you’ll have treated yourself to an easier life. With its reflective strips you’ll be able to spot your horse better at low light even if he’s playing hide and seek in the field.

For the spoilt pony

Does your horse have his own special stocking at Christmas? Well then, this category is probably for you! Alongside the carrots, why not treat your horse to something a little special. A sophisticated leather headcollar is always a winner. Choose between plain leather, leather with a nameplate, or our elegant Cowdray Headcollar and your horse will definitely look super smart. Fancy something with a bit more colour? Treat your horse to a new turnout rug –  there’s lots of options guaranteed to bring some fun to your horse’s field.

For those on a budget

Part of a Secret Santa with your horsey pals? Here are some great suggestions for under £15:

The best stocking fillers any rider could wish for

With Christmas just around the corner, now’s the time to start stocking up on gifts for friends and family, or pick some items to add to your own wishlist!

Base layers keep your skin comfortable under layers by wicking moisture away. Bridleway’s Lawley base layer comes in two colours, rosy red is perfect for winter mornings.

Gloves are perfect for keeping your hands warm, especially in winter, and Bridleway has a pair for every occasion. The Aachen competition gloves are smart and lightweight, with silicone print for improved grip. The Hickstead everyday gloves are ideal for riding at home, with suede grip and four-way stretch nylon backs for comfort. Both pairs of gloves have a touchscreen-sensitive index and thumb, so you can check your phone without the risk of chilly fingers.

Long socks are perfect for keeping your legs warm inside your boots and make a really funky fashion statement. Bridleway has two styles to choose from – Daydreamer and Twinkle Toes – which come in packs with three different designs. They’re all cotton-rich and feature a cushion loop terry foot for comfort.

 

High-vis is a hacking essential and there are lots of different options to help you stay safe and be seen. The Visibility bum bag is a must-have – made from bright orange fabric and featuring reflective prints, it’s got two zipped pockets for storing your valuables while you’re riding. Team it with the Visibility hat band or hat cover for some super-safe co-ordination.

 

Bridleway has two types of spur available, made from stainless steel to ensure a long life. The ball pein spur has a rounded, blunt end for a softer feel, the while plastic ball spur has a rubber ball at the end of the shank to roll along your horse’s sides, reducing the risk of rubbing. Choose between black and havana spur straps to match your boots.

Whatever your discipline, a whip can be a handy way to back up your aids. Bridleway offers a wide range for you to choose from. For those who like to strut their stuff between the white boards, there’s the dressage whip, featuring a thread-covered fibreglass stem, leather handle and silver-coloured mushroom top. If you’re more into jumping or hacking, then the leather GP whip will be more your thing. It has a leather handle for a super-smart finish.

Whatever’s on your Christmas list this year, Bridleway is the place to find it. Visit https://www.bridlewayequestrian.com/rider to check out the range.

 

 

 

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.