Editor’s Note: Stable Advice is a place for our readers to offer their advice on some of those uniquely equestrian problems. These aren’t the questions that you’d normally ask your vet or trainer. These are questions about horse life, like dealing with interpersonal struggles at the barn, juggling horse commitments and “real world” obligations, and generally navigating the challenges of living in the 21st-century horse world. Think of this as a place to share advice with a group of your best equestrian friends.
This month’s question:
What’s the appropriate etiquette for holiday gifts in the horse world? There are a lot of people who are essential to my horse’s well-being: the vet; the farrier; the barn manager at my boarding stable; my riding instructor. I know they’re all professionals who are being paid for their work, but I really appreciate them and would like to show it. However, I’m not sure what’s an appropriate gift. There are all kinds of guides on how to tip your hairdresser and newspaper delivery person, but what about horse professionals? Is it appropriate to give a monetary tip, or would that be awkward? What’s a good holiday gift idea for trainers, vets, etc.?
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