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16 Personalized Gifts to Help Horse Owners Stand Out

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Written by Horse Rookie

Unique gifts for the horse lovers in your life

Equestrians enjoy putting their love for horses on display, and the right gift can do just that. If you’re not a rider, though, choosing a great gift can be intimidating. Personalized gifts are the best way to show you did your homework and selected a unique and functional present. 

Read on to find our all-time favorite personalized gifts for horse owners, all of which were selected by a real equestrian (moi, your Chief Horse Rookie!) who knows the difference between truly memorable—and utterly forgettable—gifts.

In fact, I’m so confident about these choices that I’m gifting a custom saddle grab strap and a personalized saddle phone holder to two barn friends for the holidays!

*Feature photo courtesy of Sisters Horsing Around

Personalized Horse Brushes

When it comes to useful-yet-unique gifts,  you can’t go wrong with personalized horse brushes. This beautiful wooden brush set can be customized with text and/or graphics. If you know what style of riding your gift recipient enjoys, select a graphic that matches (e.g. dressage, jumping).

There are more than 60 images to choose from!

You can either personalize using the rider’s name, or (my recommendation) the horse’s name. In a barn with lots of different horses and riders, it’s easy to misplace your belongings. These will be easy to find again.

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What makes this gift even more versatile is that you can adjust it to fit your budget. Choose single brushes, or splurge for the full 7-piece set.

Included with the premium set:

  • Grey Union Brush
  • Tampico Brush
  • Horsehair Finishing Brush
  • Premium Goat Hair Brush
  • Mane/Tail Pin Brush
  • Hoof Pick
  • Pulling Comb

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Personalized Hand-Beaded Horse Halter

If you’re shopping for a horse owner with an artistic side, consider this beautiful hand-beaded horse halter. It can be personalized with a horse’s name on the noseband, and you can choose from a variety of halter and bead colors.

With delica beads, hand lacing (i.e. buckstitch), hand stitching and high-quality conchos, you don’t have to worry about getting a gift your recipient already owns.

These are one-of-a-kind pieces with inlaid bead detail on hand cut and dyed leather pieces that will last for years to come.

personalized horse halter

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Note: These halters are sized to fit an average Quarter Horse, so be sure to message the creator if you need to size down for a pony or up for a draft horse.

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Personalized Horse Portrait

The artist behind The Paper Woodland creates whimsical personalized horse portraits that any owner would be proud to hang in his or her home. Her horses combine realistic proportions and structure with playful facial expressions.

She’s actually working on a special project for Horse Rookie!

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Simply provide a photo of the horse you’d like her to create, and watch her make the magic.

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Personalized Saddle Phone Case

Western equestrians notoriously struggle to find ways to carry their phone and other small items while riding. Enter this personalized saddle phone case, a lightweight, low-profile, bounce-free solution.

Store a cell phone, sunglasses, show schedule, hoof pick, chapstick, and more in this hand-made leather pouch.

custom saddle phone case

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What’s to love:

  • Holds ANY cell phone with ANY case
  • Fits all Western saddles (front or back of pommel)
  • Small enough not to get in your way while riding (7.5 x 4″ and 6 oz.)
  • Designed by equestrians for equestrians
  • Quality leather with basketweave detailing

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Personalized English Spur Covers

Here’s a wonderful idea even most experienced horse riders won’t have thought of—personalized spur covers. All too often, spurs end up damaging the sides and back of your boots. 

With these universal english spur covers, your nice riding boots stay nice.

personalized spur covers

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Hand-made, customized with the rider or horse name, and durable enough to last a long time, these are a perfect gift for any English style horse owner.

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Personalized Bridle Rack

If you know anything about equestrians, you know how quickly we accumulate gear for our horses. Keeping everything organized is a constant challenge, which is why we love this personalized bridle rack. (It also works for hanging up halters, martingales, and other essential items.)

Solid Oak is a remarkably strong and durable wood that will look stunning in any tack room.

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Laser engrave it with your choice of fonts and graphics (We recommend the horse’s name, but the rider’s name would be fine, too.)

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Personalized Whip Holder

This wall-mounted Pine personalized whip holder is a perfect addition to any arena or tack room—it holds three whips. Plus, you can add the rider or horse name on the brass plaque.

If you’re shopping for a dressage rider, in particular, this is a great choice.

Hold up to three whips in style. Hand rubbed with Special Walnut stain with a protective lacquer finish. Made in the USA.

personalized whip holder

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Due to the diamond engraving process, the name will never wear off. Plus, the 6×10″ unit fit well even in small spaces. 

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Personalized Saddle Strap

Known as the “Oh $hit” handle, English riders use these clip-on straps as the equivalent of a Western saddle horn. Not only is this device durable and beautifully made, you can personalize the saddle strap with the phrase of your choice. (Get creative!)

If the horse owner in question has a particularly spunky—or naughty—mount, this idea is perfect.

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Don’t forget to specify the thread color you want in the seller notes section. Ideally, you can match it to other items like your gift recipient’s favorite saddle pad color.

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Personalized Western Spur Straps

For the Western horse rider in your life, personalized spur straps make an amazing gift. Something like this is what equestrians would love to wear, but have a hard time justifying amidst other un-fun horse expenses.

Try and match the style and colors to the recipient’s existing saddle and saddle pad.

personalized spur straps

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Made from high-quality leather, and with virtually no limit to custom design options, these spur straps will take any horse owner’s style up a notch—okay, several notches!

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Personalized Horse Stall Plate

Though originally designed for the outside of a horse stall, this personalized stall plate can also be mounted in a tack room, feed room, or any other equestrian space.

The lower portion can be a chalkboard or whiteboard (your choice), which is great for feed and care instructions or important contact information.

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Each sign is made from solid pine and is 15×12.5″ so it can fit almost anywhere.

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Personalized Horse Bit Cover

If you’re tight on a budget, you can still get a personalized present for your special equestrian. This custom horse bit cover quickly and easily identifies whose gear is whose in a crowded tack space.

You can also use it to hold a bit warmer in place during the winter.

personalized horse bit cover

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Customize the wrap with the horse’s name and the rider’s favorite color, and your recipient is sure to love it.

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Personalized Horse Blanket Bag

Horse blankets are notoriously difficult to store in a tidy fashion, but that ends now. This personalized horse blanket bag hangs right on the front of the stall to keep rugs organized.

Customize this gift with the horse owner’s initials or name.

personalized horse blanket bag

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The bag is a Tough1 product, which is a highly-respected brand known for its durability.

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Personalized Saddle Rack

If you’re able to spend a bit more, then consider gifting a hand-made personalized saddle rack. It’s the kind of tribute that will last for years and age beautifully.

Both rustic and modern, this saddle stand can be engraved with a barn logo and/or name.

personalized saddle rack

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There is a storage box at the bottom, and you can even request extra hooks be added for a bridle or halter.

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Personalized Reins and Slobber Straps

Many Western riders love using this style of reins, and these personalized reins and slobber straps can add a pop of color to any tack setup.

They are made of heavy yacht rope that feels great in your hands, won’t get slippery, and are adjustable length.

custom reins and slobber straps

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Choose from more than 20 rope colors and dozens of fonts and leather colors to create the perfect combination.

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Personalized Online Course Curriculum

Shopping for a beginner horse owner, or someone getting into a new discipline? Consider purchasing an online course (or several!) for them from the Horse Rookie Knowledge Center.

With more than 60 courses on a variety of riding, training, and horse care topics, there’s something for everyone.

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Unlike tangible products, the gift of knowledge lasts a lifetime and has the potential to make every single horse encounter better, safer, and more fulfilling.

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Personalized Equestrian Tote

If you’re trying to impress an horse-crazy fashionista, look no further than this personalized equestrian tote. Each one is cut and sewn to order, so no two bags are the same.

You can engrave initials, quotes, or logos on the riveted front tab.

custom equestrian tote

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The bag is roomy, at 17″ wide x 14″ tall x 4.5″ deep—and the top extends up to 22″ wide. It’s the perfect accessory for shopping around town or heading to the horse show.

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Give from the Heart

No matter what you choose, it truly is the thought that counts most. But, with our list of equestrian-approved gift ideas, you can rest assured that your present will go over big! 

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About the author

I began riding horses at age six, and I'm just as infatuated (OK, more!) with the sport decades later. My AQHA gelding exemplifies the versatility of the breed -- reined cow horse, reining, roping, ranch riding, trail, dressage, and jumping. We're also dipping our toes (hooves) into Working Equitation!