It happens every year. One day you’re enjoying summer hacks, and the next minute - Christmas is upon you! If you’re in need of inspiration for gifts for your extended equine family, then look no further. The Animalife team have put together the ultimate wish list for Christmas 2015.

Practical but Pretty

Christmas is an opportunity to spoil those we love, but practical gifts never go amiss – and enthusiastic equestrians appreciate useful items all the more, as they will likely be using them on a daily basis! Practical but pretty items are also great horse gifts for girls (or even boys) who are just getting into riding, although anyone will love to receive something they can use every day.

One of our favourite items in this category has to be boots! Ariat are renowned for their quality and high performing footwear, so you can’t go wrong with an Ariat purchase. One of our favourites has got to be the beautiful Berwick GTX Insulated Boots. These boots are made from premium waterproof, full-grain leather with a waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX and elegant plaid lining. Designed for comfort during the most temperamental of weather (sound familiar?), these are practical horse presents that keep your toes toasty. The front lace system looks elegant, yet the full length back zip system not only means they fit perfectly, but they are also easy to put on and take off.

Ace Accessories

The hours spent riding, grooming, mucking out, travelling to shows, cleaning tack, frantically learning and practicing dressage tests means that many strong friendships are made through a shared love of horses. For that special friend who has helped plait your horse up in the early hours before a show, risked life and limb to catch/clip/load a tricky steed, and pored over difficult dressage tests with you, we love the range of horsey gifts from Hi Ho Silver. Their Sterling Silver Snaffle Friendship Bracelet – or for guys, the Sterling Silver Horseshoe Cufflinks – symbolise your joint love of horses, but are simple enough for everyday wear. They’re the perfect thank you for your faithful friend!

Grooms’ Gifts

Ideal for the patient teacher or hardworking groom, great gloves always make perfect gifts for horse lovers! We love Seal Skinz for high quality, affordable gloves that make working, riding and teaching a more enjoyable experience in the winter months. With options including Merino Liners right up to Extreme Cold Weather Gloves, you can banish the pain and discomfort of frozen fingers for those who work hard to help you.

Dedicated Dad

If you’ve got a Dad who might not completely share your equine obsession, but pitches in to support you, choose from horsey gifts that reflect your appreciation of his efforts, but that he’ll still love! Like you, dads appreciate top quality warm clothing (especially during all the times they’ve stood in the rain waiting for you at an event that is overrunning), so a failsafe gift has got to be a Barbour hat.

For something a bit different but with a classic festive twist, we’d pick this Barbour Melrose Fairisle Beanie. The style is casual enough for winter walks and countryside pursuits, but will also keep them toasty while they support your equine efforts from the fence. For the ultimate tongue-in-cheek pairing of horse gifts, double up with Barbour’s Hip Flask Gift Box– the gift that will keep him warm inside and out!

Pampered Pet

What better way to reward your loyal yard hound than with the most regal of dog beds? With the Olympic Games coming up next year all eyes are on red, white and blue, so what could be better than this funky Union Jack Dog Bed! Comfort and style combined, these fun beds are just one of a cute collection of gift ideas for your pampered pooch - it will be his cosiest Christmas yet!

Your Horse

Let’s be honest, matching saddle pads and bandage sets, blingy brow bands and the like are more for our eyes and enjoyment than our horse’s. The horsey gifts your equine will really relish are ones he can eat! Horses are never happier than when they have something tasty to occupy them, so treat them to the perfect Animalife supplement to suit their life stage, along with the biggest bag of carrots you can find!

Blow the Budget

Now this is a serious present, but if you’re feeling flush or have an equestrian love you’re out to impress this Christmas, then gifts for horse lovers don’t come any better than a horse riding holiday.

In the Saddle, for example, specialise in horse riding holidays all over the world. From ranches in the Rocky Mountain, the states of Montana and Wyoming, beach and mountain rides in Europe, horseback safaris in Africa and riding expeditions to remote and unexplored parts of the world, this is a riding experience to top all others – and this is just one of many horse riding holiday companies to choose from.

One of the best things about a riding holiday is that it can be totally tailored to your and the recipient’s tastes. Riding trips are suitable for any ability, can take you to virtually any location, and suit any group size. This would be the perfect horsey gift for someone you spend a lot of time with – and you’ll get to share and document the incredible experience together. They do say that sharing is caring, after all!

What’s on your Christmas wish list this year? Tell us in the comments below, or share with us on Facebook.