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Holiday Gift Ideas


November 2012 issue


When shopping for your Holiday Season, take advantage of the exceptional customer service offered by these Rocky Mountain Rider advertisers. These businesses offer gifts of lasting value — from the practical to the beautiful — which will bring smiles to your loved ones’ faces on Christmas morn!


Make a Statement in Classic Westernwear

     The Miller Ranch Collection is for those Western men and women who have set the highest standards for themselves and understand the importance of buying the best. Miller Ranch shirts, vests and coats are truly well-made, and designed for comfort on and off the ranch.

     Shown is the men’s Brown Plaid Wool Vest over a khaki 100% fine Wool Shirt, in small to XXLarge.

            Available at Four Corners Saddlery. Bozeman , MT. 406-587-7503. Visit their Business Profile at



Your Horse Will Lean on This Instead of on You!

     The Hoofjack Stand and Cradle is extremely tough, safe and handy. Micro-adjusts to any height. Perfect for horse owner, veterinarian or professional farrier for trimming, shoeing, treatment and daily hoof care while the horse remains comfortable and relaxed. Magnets keep tools at hand. Reduces strain on back and knees. $180.

            Montana Farrier Supply. Livingston , MT.  406-222-1155.



Lightweight Working Wade Stock Saddle

     Master saddlemaker Steve Stefely designed this custom saddle to fit a working cowboy (and his horse) who wanted a lightweight saddle tough enough for everyday ranch work. Bullhide-covered tree, 9-inch fork and 4-inch post horn. Plate rigging, flank cinch, crupper dee, and lined in prime bark-tanned woolhide. Inlaid, truly-custom padded seat formed to the rider for extra comfort where needed. Only 26 pounds (without stirrups).

            Bison Saddlery. Helena, MT. 406-449-7231.



Declare Your Devotion

     Jaco Brands’ “Devotion – It’s How You Win,” series of belts, headstalls and breast collars shows your unique taste in high-quality leather personally burnt and hand-dyed by craftsmen in the USA . An authentic Western look paired with modern eye-catching style.

     The Devotion line is by designer David Key, and has vintage copper buckles and conchos.

            Mountain West Coop – Cenex. Missoula , MT. 406-543-8383.


Comfort with a Smile!

     Lazy One Flapjacks unisex “onesies” will bring a smile to the whole family, whether worn as cozy sleepwear, lounging around the fire with a good book, or as warm underwear on the slopes! In addition to the traditional red “Bear Bottom” version, try the pink “Moose Caboose” trap-door version. Made from 100% cotton in a soft ribbed knit in sizes from infant to XL.

            Ford’s – A Family-Owned Store since 1947. Hamilton, MT. 406-363-2251.


Rifle Scabbards made “In the Tradition of the Past”

     Master craftsmen Wade Miller and his son Richard, of Ennis , Montana , craft scabbards with old-fashioned quality. They are made from top grade leather, in a choice of colors and can be customized to any rifle. Wade has more than 30 years’ experience producing the highest-quality custom saddles, tack, chaps, sheaths, holsters and scabbards — all at a reasonable price.

            Madison Saddlery. Ennis, MT. 406-682-7134.


Remarkable Knives!

     The Rada Cutlery Colossal Oak Block Set is every cook’s dream gift. Handmade and hand-sharpened to a razor-sharp edge, these surgical stainless steel knives will last a lifetime. Set includes the French Chef, Old-Fashioned Butcher, Slicer, Carving Fork, Utility/Steak, Super Parer, Vegetable Peeler and the Regular Paring knives – all in a handsome oak butcher block holder to keep them handy and their edges safe.

            Southwestern Wyoming Wool Warehouse. Rock Springs , WY . 307-362-3022. See their business profile at


Round Barrels in Style!

     The quality, handcrafted Frontier Futurity Barrel Saddle has a unique fit that makes it the perfect saddle to help you and your horse round those barrels even faster—and at a very reasonable price!

     Rough-out seat and fenders keeps a rider secure while beautifully carved tooling and conchos personalize style. Customizable. Tree guaranteed for five years. Expert saddle fitting also available.

            Available at Will Rogers Saddle Company. Mead, WA. 509-466-0106.


Kenetrek Hardscrabble LT Hiking Boots are Tough As Nails!

     Classic good looks in a solid mountain boot. Thick 2.8 mm full grain leather uppers with heavily-padded collars provide support with exceptional comfort. High-traction K-Tallon outsoles prevent slipping in rough terrain. Waterproof, breathable Windtex membrane keeps your feet dry. Made in Italy .

     Browse Kenetrek’s website to to see their full line of boots, pacs, socks and other outdoor apparel and equipment.

            Kenetrek Boots. Bozeman , MT. 855-585-3040.


Easy, Safe and Economical Large Bale Feeder

     The Big Bale Buddy round bale feeder keeps expensive hay clean as it is eaten with a long-lasting, UV-protected, heavy-duty woven polyester cover. The feeder is lightweight and easy to use, and quickly pays for itself in as little as six uses.

     Developed to withstand harsh Canadian winters, it has a one-year replacement warranty. Big Bale Buddy comes in three sizes to fit small to extra large round bales.

            Buddy Incorporated. Ontario , CAN. 866-389-9952.


The “Cattle Queen” Hat

     This elegant hat with a four-inch brim is always in style — in the arena or on the ranch. Choose your color and quality — from genuine fur felt to 100% beaver fur felt.

     Call for your free conformer kit for a perfect fit. Every hat is made one at a time, with no short cuts. Custom handcrafted by master hatter Roy Jackson. Satisfaction guaranteed.

            Jaxonbilt Hat Company. Salmon, ID. 208-756-6444.



Solve & Prevent Hoof Care Problems

     The latest book and companion audio CDs from Doug Butler Enterprises offer the horseperson a new, interactive way to learn. Detailed graphs, charts and scannable QR codes take readers to video demonstrations — just as if you are in a classroom!

     Learn about beginning to experienced farrier work and understand the principles of soundness, lameness prevention and humane foot care.

Doug Butler Enterprises. Chadron, NE. 800-728-3826.  



In the Vaquero Tradition

     Frannie Tack Shop offers everything you need to put together a classic hackamore — beautiful, traditional hand-plaited rawhide bosals with rawhide cores, from 8-plait to 60-plait; and soft mecate reins made from horse mane hair, mohair (goat) or yak hair.

     Frannie Tack experts can help you fit your hackamore to your horse. They also carry a full line of saddles from many makers, saddle pads, tack and helmets, and repair saddles and tack.

            Frannie Tack Shop. Frannie , WY . 800-552-8836.



Custom Wade Saddle

      This J. Stead Saddle Company custom Wade saddle is an example of the extraordinarily handsome, comfortable, affordable and long-lasting saddles that can be made in as little as six weeks! Two-tone leather saddle has pre-turned stirrup leathers, hand tooling, 7/8 flat plate brass rigging, 3x3 post horn, inlay tiger-stripe stingray seat with padding, and a braided rawhide hobble ring (with braided rawhide hobbles) – all for only $2,200.

            J. Stead Saddle Company. Greenville , TX . 903-217-8974.


Gentle SOA Soap Provides Itch Relief

     Therapeutic SOA + Itch-Be-Gone Bar Soap from America’s Acres helps stop the itching cycle associated with insect bites, allergies, skin disorders and minor skin irritations. Treats sweet itch, hot spots, psoriasis, mange, acne, ringworm and more with deep cleaning. Soothes, draws and softens even sensitive skin with olive oil and aloe vera for a quick recovery. Available for both animals and people.

     Find veterinary and people products at:

            America ’s Acres Animal Health Products. 888-250-5151. or



Cut Hay Cost in Half!

     Save hay and your time with a safe, weather-protected hay feeder that accommodates up to the largest round bale size. Robust polyethylene in forest green or black. Eight big horse-safe windows help reduce feeder bickering. No tractor needed, easily assembled. You can even use a half Hay Hut against a wall. 1 year warranty.

            Hay Hut – Glacier Horse. Kalispell, MT. 406-253-2343.


Make a Statement!

     The Ken McNabb Signature Spur by Professionals Choice makes a statement with its 10-point rowel, rustic good looks, a solid feel, and just enough shine. Available in youth, ladies’ and mens’ sizes. It is the perfect gift for the cowgirl or cowboy on your list.

            Ken McNabb Horsemanship, LLC. 307-645-3149. Douglas , WY .


The Real McCall

     Dry Fork Tack is where the great McCall Saddle was born! One of their bestsellers is the Lady Wade/Wade Lite, for riders looking for an extremely comfortable lighter saddle with a narrower seat. Standard in-skirt Hamley plate rigging, plus stout enough to drag calves and do a full-day’s work. Regular (narrow), QH and FQH widths and tooling available.

            Made by Dry Fork Tack. Vernal, UT. 435-789-3900.


Personalized Leather Gifts!

     Outfitters Pack Station crafts a selection of high-quality leather goods that may be personalized with an owner’s or an equine’s name. Leather gift ideas that can have names carved into them include breast collars (harness leather, lined with chap leather), gun shell carriers, whiskey flask holders, gun holsters, leather coasters, place mats, saddle and horn bags, and halters.

            Outfitters Pack Station. Weiser, ID. 800-657-2644.


Flashy Equine Fashion

     Colorful mane and tail extensions for your horse — get one color or a combination of colors, including pink, and hunter’s orange. “Feather” look or natural. Easy to use, “stay put” clip, trim to any length, reuse again and again. Only $5.50 each (buy 10, get one free!).

     New this year—light-up fiber optic hair extensions in red or green for a little brilliance in night-time events. Easy ordering on our website.

            Colorful Manes & Tails. Corvallis , MT. 406-961-4572.


No More Dull Nippers!

     Trimming horses is a big job and this single-action, 100% stainless steel, Farrier’s model hoof nipper, will keep a professional at the top of the game with replaceable stainless steel blades (making this nipper a one-time purchase) and an adjustable stop that allows for precise repositioning of the cutting edges as they wear.

     Find Bud’s Farrier’s Model Nipper, replacement blades, and the compound-leverage, standard and heavy duty-Bud’s Nippers, at:

            Bud’s Horseshoeing Equipment, Inc. Blackfoot, ID. 208-782-0921.


Protect Your Horse’s Back!

     The 5-Star high-density, 100% Wool Contoured Saddle Pad is specially designed to fit your horse’s or mule’s back. Unique, 2-piece conforming construction eliminates spinal pressure and improves saddle fit — with 20% less cinching needed. Greater wicking ability eliminates heat build-up. Wear leathers on sides and top line. Available in many thicknesses, colors and discipline styles.

            Bozeman Saddle Outlet. Bozeman , MT. 406-586-8225.


Wear “Free Spirit” Jewelry & Enjoy Good Fortune!

     The artisan-crafted spur rowel and lucky horseshoe “Free Spirit” pendant necklace and matching earrings — from designer Kerstin Stock — is available in six Swarovsky crystal colors. Non-tarnishing, hypo-allergenic silver alloy. Chain length can be adjusted from 16 to 18 inches long.

     Perfect for horse lovers of all ages — family, riding teachers, riding buddies and barn friends. Browse Wyo Style’s website for many more styles of English, Western and horse-related jewelry.

            Wyo Style. Denver , CO. 877-996-3624.


Work Hard, Stay Warm, Look Great!

     Custom windproof and waterproof oilcloth dusters with a unique look for men and women. These fleece-lined dusters (short or long) are great for any outdoor enthusiast. They are perfect for horseback riding, hunting, chores, and more. Vests are cozy on the inside and hold their own against the weather. Choose your favorite colors and details for a personal look. Also kids’ custom vests with your favorite equine event or logo embroidered on the back. Handmade in the USA by working Idaho rancher Tiffany Hillman.

            Hillman Saddle Shop/Western Necessities. Hamer, ID. 208-317-7705 or 208-662-5714. Visit their Business Profile at




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