Oh, the joys of the holiday season and gift-giving!
At Cayuse Communications, we aim to ease gift-buying challenges by focusing on items of high quality and worthy to your horse work and riding experiences. We focus on what might make your lives with horses better. The horses? Frankly, we think they’ll benefit from more from a happy you, than stuff for them.
This year, we’re categorizing our recommendations by price and need. We feature everything from inexpensive stocking stuffers to dream purchases for which you might have to secure a small loan. We have suggestions for travel, education, gear and barn improvements, too.
Enjoy our annual gift guide…
Skidmore’s Leather Cream – treat your boots, saddle, headstall, etc. with Skidmore’s to extend life and keep them looking good. Smells great.
Darn Tough socks – warm, yummy, and guaranteed for life.
EcoLips lip balm – so good you could eat it!
Nicker More, Buck Less bumperstickers – FREE when you order A Rider’s Reader.
Under the Tree, under $100:
Knotty Girlz halters and leads – lots of top quality choices from this woman-owned, Washington state company.
Outfitters Supply – this Montana company has great saddle bags of canvas, nylon, and leather varieties. Check out their wide selection of pack gear and beautiful Jeremiah Watt spurs, too.
Duckworth tops – this Montana company walks the walk when it comes to Made in America. They go from Sheep to Shelf. We like their Vapor T (review here) and look forward to checking our their Comet Tunnel Hood (review coming in January.
Under the Tree, over $100:
Custom Leggings from Fringe Western Wear and Leatherwork – Kathleen Gerwatoski has been crafting perfect leggings (armitas, chicks, chaps) for years from her ranch in Canada. (Review of chocolate brown, shotgun armitas with Jeremiah Watt buckle and conchos coming in January)
Outerwear for cool, not cold weather:
Outerwear for colder climes:
Check out the LL Bean Baxter State Parka (review coming in January)
Not Under the Tree, well-worth the price tag:
Western Sky Saddlery has renowned customer service and an impressive selection of saddles, most with Wade trees. Check them out here.
Gifts of Knowledge and Exploration:
A Rider’s Reader: Exploring Horse Sense, Science & Sentiment. By Maddy Butcher
Evidence-Based Horsemanship. By Dr. Steve Peters and Martin Black. Order here.
Check out the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, an annual mind-expanding event with so much to offer. Concerts, poetry recitations, workshops, museum and trade events, and lots more for a week in Elko, Nevada.
Mark your calendars! The next Best Horse Practices Summit is October 7-9 in Durango. We will look forward to seeing you there! (Details coming in early 2018).