There’s only a few more days until Christmas and you’ve probably finished most of your shopping.

You’ve got earrings for your sister and a scarf for your mother. You checked off your list the sweater for your dad and maybe something really exciting for Aunt Sue – like a membership to the Cheese of the Month Club, right?

But what about the horse lover in your life? If you still don’t know what to get that fur-covered, rosy-cheeked fool, well, friend, you have come to the right place. I am expert in gift-giving for the horseman or horsewoman in your life.

If the horse person you’re shopping for is your significant other, keep in mind that nothing says “I love you” like a manure fork.

When you give a manure fork, you’re basically telling your horse-loving partner that you value their time so much, you would give them a tool of the highest quality and efficiency that will aid in taking care of “business” as quickly as possible.

Thusly is a surplus amount of time generated, allowing more time for the two of you to be together.

This gift, however, could backfire if the significant other sees the newly gifted extra time as more time in the saddle.

So give the manure fork with the understanding that the trade off will be more time with you.

But if you have concerns that your significant other will not see the romance in this type of gift, perhaps stick with the tried and true staples – jewelry and firearms.

For whatever reason, you may be wishing to spend more time apart at this time of year. To achieve this, you’ll have to make a big monetary investment. Go with a new horse or a new truck and trailer.

Or if you’re really looking for some alone time, give your horse lover a small herd of cattle. Between the feeding and doctoring, and the hours of entertainment (and frustration) your loved one will get while working cattle, your time together will be kept to a minimum.

If you’re shopping for a horse person who is a neat freak, go with a gift that will isolate the mess that comes with the lifestyle – a good, warm pair of easy-to-slip-on-and-off muck boots will be a hit when your horse person ditches the mud and the boots at the door. Rather than in the bedroom.

Money is tight for many of us these days. For the budget-minded giver, never underestimate the glee on a person’s face Christmas morning when they unwrap a brand new travel mug.

It sounds simple, but keeping that tea, coffee or hot toddy warm on a cold day is a gift that will long be appreciated.

The holidays are a special time to remember what’s really important in our daily lives.

Amid the shopping and festive parties, understand that what your horse person would most likely really enjoy is time with you. So, go for a ride together, help with feeding or chat over a stall door while your horse lover cleans stalls with that brand new fork.

This year, the best gift you can give is time together.

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