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    11-22-2013, 04:53 PM
I board at a small place and try to keep my area of the tack room tidy and out of the way (even though we're really the only boarders who use it). I have a grooming box that I put my good brushes, ointments, sprays as well as shampoos in (my barn has brushes available to everyone as well). Then I have my saddles out there on the saddle rack as well as my pads, bridles, and some other training tools (like a spare bit, a german martingale, etc). For my bridles though I put them in a duffle bag and hung it across our racks for the winter but come summer the bag is coming home with me. Halters are in the main barn aisle because I could care less if someone used them, there's a general understanding that halters are a free for all unless you keep it in the tack room. I also keep lungelines and horse blankets there.

I have a good set of silver english stirrups that I keep at home, as well as a nice show halter and leather shampoo.
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    11-22-2013, 05:00 PM
Originally Posted by tlkng1    
You have GOT to be kidding!!! What was her response when you asked her who gave her permission to use your trailer..not too mention the fact of the liability issue had something gone wrong and the horse, or your trailer, had been injured/damaged??

Are people flipping clueless these days?
Nope. Not kidding.

I ride pretty much every day during the summer, and I came out on a Friday night after work to ride like I always do, and the owner of the place came out and told me what happened. One of the boarders was having trouble loading her horse (I've met this lady, very nice, but doesn't know very much about horses) and the owner told her that she could use her trailer to practice. This lady was having a trainer come out to help her get her horse to load. Well this lady decided that the owner's trailer was too high of a step up. ...... And she helped herself to using mine, which had a lower step up.

The owner told me, that she told the lady that she can't do that! I didn't bother to say anything to the lady because nothing was messed up on my trailer and no sense in ruffling feathers.

If she would have asked, I might have let her use it (maybe not for liability reasons). But she didn't even ask.

Earlier this year, when I was at a barrel racing clinic, I came out to get my horse some water on our lunch break (left him tied in the indoor arena, like most people did) to discover that the people next to me decided to tie their 3-yr-old mare to MY trailer. Just so she could see their other two horses tied to their trailer.

Some people have no sense of personal property. ***shakes head***
    11-22-2013, 05:06 PM
Wow. Can't imagine how people think it's okay to use anything of someone elses, let alone a trailer!

Interesting to hear about the different setups. Thanks for sharing!
    11-22-2013, 06:04 PM
I keep my saddle and one pad on a saddle rack in the tack room- I have one hook under that for my bridle and I do keep a couple of extra bits there. Each horse has a "cubby" in the aisleway in front of the stalls, so my grooming box (with every tool, shampoo, conditioner, etc.) is in there. My husband built me an extra little shelf in there so that I have two "levels" to also contain fly spray, basic meds (vetiricyn spray, thrush remedies, etc.)- in the winter, things that will freeze either come home with me, or go in the tack room medicine cabinet. We have blanket bars in front of our stalls, so I have a cooler and one blanket hanging there. Halter, lead, and flymask on a hook on the stall door when horses are in for the night.

The tackroom is locked when everyone leaves for the day, but not during the day and nothing is locked up inside. Cubbies are also unlocked. So far, so good, no trouble. Flyspray does sometimes get used, and very rarely I'll see my lead being used on another horse, but nothing is done maliciously and it's no big deal.

That leaves me with an assortment of odds-and-ends in my house and car: unused bridle, pads, halter, leads, flymasks, grooming tools, and blankets in the off-season. However, I think I just found a beautiful lightly used wooden tack trunk, which is pretty enough that it can hold all my random stuff while also sitting out in my house, so I'm pretty happy about that. Fingers crossed it will be as nice as I'm hoping when I go pick it up tomorrow!
    11-22-2013, 06:55 PM
The place I board is really a quality place as far the the people go. We don't have tack lockers so all of our stuff is out in the open in the tack room but every single one of the boarders is very respectful of other peoples stuff. I have no problem leaving all of my stuff at the barn, I know it's not going to get touched. At the end of the day the gate to the barn is locked as well as the tack room.
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    11-22-2013, 06:59 PM
I keep everything at my barn.. brushes, tack, sprays/shampoos, blankets, boots, some extra clothes, a charger for my phone, my radio.. I trust everyone there.
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    11-22-2013, 08:13 PM
At my trainers barn all of the full boarders have a tack room that they share with one other person, they're not HUGE but they're bigger than a locker and have full locking doors. At home all of my stuff stays in the trailer unless it's too cold, then the leather comes in the house. No tack room for me.
    11-22-2013, 09:02 PM
I kept every thing in my locked tack trunk. That included my bridles, girths, saddle pads, grooming tools, medical supplies, etc. I kept my saddles at home and brought them with me to the barn. I have trust issues and people don't know the meaning of don't touch what isn't yours.
    11-22-2013, 09:46 PM
In our place locking everything up is a necessity. Not due to the boarders but it is a high lesson barn and we have people walking through all the time. I can't say the number of halters and leads that have gone missing without a trace, and recently I had a dressage whip taken right out of my locker. Fortunately that one, my show whip, turned up the next day but I have another one that disappeared about two months ago that never turned up.

A couple of weeks back a kid started digging around in my tack box while I was in my horse's stall and right there. He said he was looking for treats to give to the other horses. Before I could think of a kid suitable comment (the adult version was running through my head), his mother walked up and got him out of the trunk...didn't tell him it was wrong, didn't apologize to me, just took him by the hand and walked him off.
    11-22-2013, 10:00 PM
I went out a bought a Rubbermaid shed and put it up. Leveled the ground put paving sand down, pavers, then built the shed on top. It holds a 3 tier saddle rack and a tall chest. Only reason I did this is my gear was overpowering the tack room and I did not want to be 'that person' that just lets their stuff take over like it is my divine right.

So now all saddles, bridles, pads and blankets, medical supplies, masks, trail coats, orange vests (for hunting season) are all in one spot. I do take all liquid items home for the winter. And just carry the medical bucket out when I go to the barn everyday.

Believe it or not, I had to go out and buy a little pool side type of waterproof trunk to house a winter blanket, fly sheet, and cooler.

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