(I couldn't decide where this is most appropriate, so if this is in the wrong spot I apologize)
I think someone might have stolen my bridle at the barn I don't want to overreact and ruin a good thing, so I wanted some others input before I do anything.
I have 2 bridles - a leather one that I use when we are riding around the barn either in the arenas or trails on property and a synthetic one I use for trail riding and camping off property. They both have the same Mikmar full cheek snaffle bit that I like.
The last time I used the leather bridle (which is a nice chestnut brown with white stitching and fits my hard to fit mare's head nicely with matching bit keepers) was a week ago Wednesday when I went out for a brief ride in the indoor during the hot afternoon. We went for a trail ride last Sunday and I used the synthetic one and honestly I can't remember if the leather one was on my bridle hook or not. I didn't pay much attention because I wasn't using it and it is on a seperate hook.
I went out to the barn yesterday to ride in the morning and went to put on the leather bridle and it was missing. I searched all over the barn and in the other boarder's cubbies and it was nowhere to be seen. I then thought maybe I did take it with me (although it has not been taken off property since last fall) and searched the trailer and my SUV. Nope. When I got home I searched the truck we use to pull the trailer...Nope.
Not only did it fit my mare very well, but I really liked the looks of the bridle and it was $200 with a $100 bit attached to it. I have been at this barn for a year without anything going missing before. I really like the barn I am at, but I just purchased a new saddle and I am worried something might happen to it.
I was going to leave a note for the BO and see if maybe she saw it somewhere, but I had already spoken to her husband who is replacing the stall fronts and he was there all week and didn't notice anything. He doesn't handle the horses though, so I would doubt he would notice someone using a bridle that wasn't theirs.
What would you do?????