Over the past 12 months we’ve seen people ‘clap for carers’, raise money for the NHS and offer their support for those struggling emotionally and financially. It’s been tough. But we got to thinking about children and young people and how it’s affected them. We think that kids might be the unsung heroes of the pandemic.

Youngsters are seen as so resilient, but these 12 months have been really tough for them. 67% of young people say that they believe the pandemic will have a long-term impact on their mental health. Then there’s the interruption to education for nursery school kids all the way up to those at university. Whether your kids love school or hate it, heading off class is a normally big part of their lives. Zoom calls and socially distanced meet ups have helped, but nothing can replace a relaxed, fun day at school. Being cut off from friends and peers has been incredibly hard for them. No parent wants to say “I just don’t know” when their children ask when they can play with their best friend again. 

Looking forward to the return of Pony Club!

Added to that, so many kids have been unable to let off some much-needed steam by taking part in their favourite sports and hobbies! Thank goodness for kids who love their ponies, the great outdoors and just tagging along with their parent’s lives. Roll on grassroots equestrian competition resuming in just a few weeks’ time! Pony Club won’t be far behind which will be seriously exciting to lots of pony-mad kids.

At least many have now been able to return to the classroom. It’s better for them and it means their parents can focus far better on work once more. We’re also inching closer to the date when we can meet friends and family outside. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll be able to wave goodbye to all limits on our social lives by late June! How good will that feel? 

make kids smile on their birthdays with Hooves & Love

In the meantime, we have a few weeks to wait before we can start enjoying more freedom. That means still posting gifts and celebrating remotely with our friends and loved ones. If you’re in need of some gifting inspiration for a horse-mad child, we have some gorgeous boxes which are perfect for young riders. Whether they are celebrating a lockdown birthday, or they just deserve a big ‘thankyou’ for being helpful throughout homeschooling and the pandemic. Here are two of Hooves & Love founder Emma’s favourites to take a closer look at: 

The Neigh Gift Box

I just love these sweaters, made from cosy black cotton with a glittering horsey slogan on the front. It’s inspired by the iconic line ‘you had me at hello” from the film Jerry Maguire, with a fun equestrian twist. You can choose from the Child’s Gift Box, which allows you to select the right size sweater, personalise the box and a hand-written note and even add a sweet horse head keyring too. If the gift is to celebrate surviving home schooling, the Twinning Gift Box might be just the ticket. With this one, mother and child can have matching sweaters! 

The Friendship Gift Box 

A stunning friendship bracelet forms the heart of the lovely Friendship Gift Box, perfect for a pony-mad young lady. The Hiho Silver bracelet features a snaffle design and is fully adjustable. That means they will be able to wear it now and when they are older. A pretty hand-sewn rosette bag and cloth-covered horsey notebook are also included, all carefully packed into a Hooves & Love box which can be personalised too. I know how over the moon I would have been to receive this as a horse-mad girl. I really do think it makes a truly lovely gift!

If you would like to send a gift to a child or young person who has been helpful, patient and just downright brilliant throughout Covid-19, visit Hooves & Love to find the perfect gift for them. Here’s to our unsung heroes fo the pandemic – the kids!