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Welcome to our blog page, HOOFBEATS, where we talk about the countryside with a main emphasis on training and caring for horses and ponies. If you would like to contribute ideas and information about your own experiences, we would be delighted to hear them. Please email to editor@horseandponyinfo.com or post to our Facebook Page, Horse and Pony Info. If you're into Twitter, you can contact us @horse_ponyinfo.

The opinions expressed here are from personal experience and we strongly advise you to contact your vet or your riding instructor if you are seriously worried about your horse.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas presents - This time I'm starting early - maybe

Every year it's the same. As soon as September draws to a close and the nights become longer and darker, I decide to start thinking about Christmas presents. I have a friend who sets out on this annual venture at the end of the summer and I have another friend who buys her presents in the January sales for the following Christmas. That, I think, it pure dedication if not a bit over the top. Alas, I don't seem to have that forward planning urge.

If you're like me and are only beginning to search for ideas for family, friends and pets now, then perhaps you'll enjoy having a look at our Christmas Store page where we've gathered together some gifts. There's the 'I love horses' apron for your horse crazy aunt, there's a jokey wine drinker's apron for Dad or Mum, there's even the equivalent of the Christmas sweater for your dog: a beautiful festive collar with a detachable bow-tie. And if you have a daughter whose bedroom is a mess and you know all she really cares about is her horse, there's a T-shirt to suit her too. Check it out here.

In the meantime, happy Christmas shopping and remember it's the thought that counts, not the cost. That's what I tell my family anyway! 

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