If there is one thing I feel qualified to talk about alllll day long and would consider myself a legit expert in, it’s horses. I mean, I’m obsessed now…but you should have seen me as a kid. I was that crazy kid who thought, breathed, slept, and lived horses. I devoured The Encyclopedia of the Horse. I can name a horse breed that starts with every letter of the alphabet (except Z, but there’s a zebra for that). I was constantly in trouble with my teachers for doodling horse, and I literally read every horse book in both my elementary AND middle school libraries.
And if you’re here, you probably know a kid like that.
You have it on good authority that the information here is true, reliable, and destined to please the horse-loving kid in your life. Mostly the ones aged 10-14 or so. 😉
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- The Saddle Club book series. I read all of these book until I outgrew them, which was probably around book 50 or so. Start here, with the first book.
- Breyer model horses. I know…there are lots of toy horses out there. But I promise you, these are the real deal. Totally worth the extra money, and these are actual collector’s items.
- If you know a kid that takes english riding lessons, a colored crop is a fun riding accessory.
- Also great for kids taking lessons (any style)? Horse treats!
- The Black Stallion is a classic movie every horse lover should see.
- Horse stickers!
- Paint Your Own Horse activity kits. I kind of want one for myself.
- A book about How to Draw Horses. This would be great with a sketchbook and some markers.
- Horse Stable Stamp Set (this goes great with the How to Draw Horses book).
- Wooden barn for model horses.
- Seabiscuit is another fantastic horse movie.
- Back in my day, I had posters on the wall. But these cute horse wall decals would have been way better!
- Riding lessons. When I was eight-years-old, I asked for riding lessons for m birthday (which is in December) and Christmas. Everyone I knew gave me money that year, but I specifically remember my dad giving me a card for my birthday with a note that said, “I hope this gets you closer to that first jump. Love Dad,” and a check for $40 (which went a lot farther in those days, ha). Riding lessons changed my life. They fulfilled my dreams. They answered my prayers. If you have a horse-crazy kid, don’t buy them a horse (because if you think lessons are expensive? Wait until you start doing the math on actual horse ownership). Buy them riding lessons.
Questions or need more ideas? I am SO happy to help! Leave a comment below (or email me).
Be sure to check out these books for horse loving kids, too!