As any experienced equestrian will tell you, horse sports tend to put a huge dent in the annual finances. If you are shopping for a gift for your horse-loving friends, you can make these inexpensive and thoughtful DIY gifts they are sure to enjoy.
1. DIY Tack Cleaning Wipes
- Square tupperware container
- 10 square clothes (microfiber or cotton)
- Liquid glycerine soap
Mix one part glycerin soap to two parts water in bowl. Mix well. Pour over cloths in container until they are damp but not soaking. Seal container.
**Note: Many people have come up with ways to create their own soap mixture using essential oils, witch hazel, olive oil, etc. If you choose to make your own soap creation, always patch test on the underside of your saddle first!
2. Hanging horse treats
- 11″ x 14″ (4″ molds) non-stick angel food cake pan (I ordered mine online to fit the Lick-it holder)
- Cooking spray
- 2 cups sweet feed (or whatever grain your horse eats)
- 1 cup corn meal
- 1 & 1/3 cups white granulated sugar
- 2 cups corn syrup
Optional: a handful of something your horse likes (I used peppermints but you can also use crushed up candy canes!)
This recipe was doubled to make the six hanging treats as pictured. Click here for detailed instructions on how to make these tasty holiday treats!
3. DIY Bit Warmers
- Two pieces of cotton fabric
- Uncooked rice
- Fabric fusing double-sided tape
Optional: adhesive velcro to secure the bottom of the warmer
Measure your fabric 12″ long and 5″ wide – the width is the approximate size of the average bit. Create three sections with the fabric tape, with the two largest sections at the top and bottom, roughly 4″ tall. (The middle section will hang over the top of the bit.) Leave one long size of your fabric without any tape for now, as this will be the side we fill with rice.
Take your second piece of fabric, and press down so the edges line up with the first taped piece. Fold over the untaped edge of the second piece, and add tape but not adhering it just yet. Holding the bit warmer upright, use a small spoon or funnel to fill each of the three taped compartments approximately 3/4 full of uncooked rice. Unfold the final taped edge to seal it onto the first fabric piece.
Be sure to hold your bit warmer over a bowl of rice, and lightly shake to identify any gaps in the seam. (Add the adhesive velcro at this time.)
To use the bit warmer, place in a microwave for 30 seconds.
(Need some extra help? Stay tuned for the detailed instructions with pictures!)