I have the same addiction. I buy bits like some women buy shoes. And I'm right there with bsms. I have to sneak my orders or purchases in so hubby doesn't notice. Usually I schedule my deliveries so they land on days he works and doesn't realize the UPS or mail man are pulling in. ;) I have been known to let go of a few bits that just absolutely didn't work for any of my 5 horses through ebay, but that number is way less than what I have coming in. LOL! Oh and 2 years ago I lost all of my tack to a tragic barn fire. The one thing that I was able to recover from the ashes was all my bits. They were too rough and rusty for continued use but they promptly ended up on my living room wall. They look so COOL! :)
I've actually thought about starting to buy a really nice silver bit once a year. They are works of art really, never lose their value and would be really nice heirlooms for my daughters after the old man kicks off. Maybe even grand kids or further down the line. Just kind of throwing the idea around. I love the Santa Barbara cheek pieces .
Ummm, granted I have more than one horse, but I have no idea how many bits/bridles I have LOL.
BUT, I've got my eye on about a dozen more bits that I like the look of....
We lost some of our bridles in a fire a few years ago so I've got a box of bits that have no bridles to hang on yet.
This was before (each of those pegs has bridles 2-3-4 deep on there)
And this is now, again, still hanging 2-3 deep LOL
Everyone has to have something. My Dad has a thing for harness. Before the fire, he had an entire 12x12 stall that was chock full of harness. I bet he probably had 15-20 different sets. So much that every inch of all 4 walls was covered and there was a tiny little path where you could walk through the harness stands LOL. He lost all of that in the fire and he's slowly built back up to 3 sets. Since we only have 1 team now, that's really all we need. The nice spotted set on the left side is QH size.......we have no QH size horses broke to drive LOL.
Well. Are you guys sure those aren't photos from the walls of your local stores?! :P
We have no doubles of anything really. Except halters- have 2 of those per horse, a rope and a flat nylon. And 2 leads per also, along with random no quick snap ropes.
I take that back... We have 2 horses... and 4 headstalls. 3 of which are my horse's- 1 came with her when I bought her. It is a rather gnarly English one, then I bought her a used one I liked, but then for my d-day got a matched braided leather rein and headstall set. That is the only one I use. The other 2 are backups. DH's BLM mustang is outta luck if his breaks, darn fat drafty head! Oh, several pads too, got some cheap at a yard sale! So more than I thought... but no collections like these! Very jealous! We have a used tack sale here next month, and I *really* want to get another bit or 2 for Sonata, and a couple hackamores (English, Little S). I hope I can find them well priced!!!
I also buy bits when I see them, some for the pleasure of looking at some because I might need them some day.....
However, my issue is saddles, namely plantation, and trooper saddles, but I have a few ropers and barrel saddles hid away too. In fact I likely have more busted "parts saddles" than most people have good saddles.
I can count myself to 27 after selling around ten of them.
I technically only have one horse, but they were all accumulated from previous horses. We also, as a family, have five others plus mine. Mine uses four bits, one for gaming, one for performance, one for english (rarely used) and a hackamore for trails. I'm a firm believer in changing it up a little, keep her on her toes!