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post #21 of 35 Old 11-08-2011, 03:27 PM
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Although I've never had any problems with other people "borrowing" my stuff, I had my dad build me a tack locker for organizational purposes. We used plywood & 2x4's and the dimensions were 3 feet wide, 3 feet deep, and 4 feet high. It has room for one saddle and also has shelves. I'll take pictures and post them. However, you guys ride Western and I ride English so you probably will need to adapt it to fit more and bigger saddles.
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post #22 of 35 Old 11-08-2011, 03:55 PM
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all mine is kept in my horse trailer in totes and such, that i can lock up if need be.
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post #23 of 35 Old 11-08-2011, 04:28 PM
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I board and I don't have mine locked up. If I had a really nice saddle I might but mine is just a used Wintec. I once took it home to do a minor repair and got a frantic text from the BOs daughter because she thought someone had stolen it. That made me pretty comfy leaving it out(plus there are some crazy nice saddles left out in the same room so I feel mine is not in much danger).

ETA: I probably wouldn't want to board someplace where I felt the BO was stealing or capable of stealing my stuff. I would seriously consider moving barns if that were the case
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post #24 of 35 Old 11-08-2011, 05:29 PM
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I take mine home each day I ride. Id rather it stored in my own garage where I know nothing will happen to it...many years ago I had some things "borrowed" and never returned at another barn. I was very young and had saved for quite awhile for a gorgeous halter and lead for my lease horse at the time. It went missing out of the tack room after a month, AND I had my name on it.

Can you get a large tack trunk? I wouldnt leave anything out in the open there...
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post #25 of 35 Old 11-08-2011, 06:37 PM
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I don't currently lock my stuff up, I know my barn owner wouldn't use my stuff unless she asked me first(and she would only do that if she was going to ride my horse, which I encourage her to do since my horse needs the work). There are a few girls that board that ride my horse and they know they have my permission to use my saddle when they ride her as long as they put everything back. I've been there since April and have never had a problem. When I was a teenager I would leave my stuff at the neighbors barn since I always rode over there(my horses were kept at my moms and I didn't have a ring to ride in so they let me ride and keep stuff there) I had stopped riding for a few months when I was pregnant and decided to sell one of my saddles to a friend(I had 3 adult and 2 pony and only one horse) well I went in there and my newest saddle was gone, along with the 2 pony saddles, a bridal, bareback pad and my $100 tacky too ortho pad. I know who took it without a doubt because they had gotten kicked out of the barn for stealing someone elses stuff but by the time I found out it was missing it had already been about 4 months since they had left.

You would think after all that I would be more careful, but I guess I'm too trusting. I do plan on getting a nice carry bag for my saddle that I can lock.
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post #26 of 35 Old 11-08-2011, 06:51 PM
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To the topic... I got a huge tool box in Walmart (for $60 or something like that). It accommodates pretty much everything including CC saddle. I don't keep saddle there, but I keep pads, blankets, etc.

P.S. I agree with people saying they'd board in different place if something like that is quite common in barn.

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post #27 of 35 Old 11-08-2011, 07:03 PM
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(plus there are some crazy nice saddles left out in the same room so I feel mine is not in much danger).
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Me too! I have a Wintec, and it sits between a Crosby and a County.

Like some have said, I board but I don't lock anything up. I trust everyone there.
It may come back to bite me, but until then I'm just happy leaving all of my gear at the barn.
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post #28 of 35 Old 11-09-2011, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Um hi, how am I "OK with a theif"?????? This is the first time its happened in the two years I've been there.
It was the BO or rather the BO's grandchildren who grabbed my stuff but no, he didn't bother to call me and he had my stuff at his house.
Switching barns sounds nice, but where I am has indoor/outdoor arenas, trails, wash racks, turnout daily, fans in summer/heated buckets in winter(at no additional charge) , individual feed routine with supplements(no additional charge), blanketing(no additional charge), I can't think of other things right now but I can be up there 24 hours a day just turn off the lights and lock up. BO is on site and while its 40 minutes from my house its 5 from my boyfriends who cleans stall/mixes feed when it snows too bad(he has four wheel drive) all for $180 a month.
There are no other places that offer the same things anywhere near the price.
That being said.
I did take it up with the BO who got all huffy ans said it was a mistake(leading me to believe it was anything but)
I'm not going to go crazy drama and padlock everything I own. I was simply looking for idea/pictures on how everyone else had their stuff set up. I'll be building a locker out of probably cedar to keep buggies away. I want it to hold my bridles as well as have shelving to set ointments/shampoos/medical supplies.
No my stuff isn't overly pricey but its mine it goes on my horse who is healthy. I do not want to share slobber with horses (usually rescues with unknown medical records) that I don't know.

I think that's everything. I'll gather some ideas about locker/cabinets to hold my things.
oh, a d have you seen all the junk I have? No way it would fit in my little Nissan sentra plus I don't really want my saddles in my back seat. :/
And unfortunately I can't keep my stuff at home. Because "it smells" even the garage is too sophisticated for my tack. My family offers zero support for my horse. Its something they told me I was crazy for taking on and thought it was a dumb move financially. Well here I am still attending college classes working and supporting my horse.
That's why when I have to go a week without riding then go to find my stuff misplaced... I get a little heated. OK. Rant over.
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post #29 of 35 Old 11-09-2011, 06:20 PM
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Understandable for you to be mad and want to build something for you tack. I have it pretty lucky I am the only boarder and tack room user aside from my BOs daugthers who hardly ever ride if they even ride anymore. So I do not have to worry about my stuff sitting out in my corner. I dont have any pictures to share with you but what I am picturing in my head would be a taller cabinet that is thin enough to fit your saddles in it on racks. you can hang bridles on the door on hooks and have drawers (rubber made ones they sell at wal mart) in the bottom for little odds and ends etc.

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post #30 of 35 Old 11-09-2011, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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We've been playing with the idea of building something big enough to put our saddles in.. there's my two English ones and his western one.. his is synthetic so its not so heavy. I just worry about the space how big it will need to be to hold our saddles bridles halters etc. I'm thinking about making almost two cabinets. I know I want a divider in the middle so i can put saddles down on bottom maybe on a wheel out holder. Then the top half can be bridles shampoos etc. I just feel bad for my father since he's the crafty carpenter
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