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post #1 of 7 Old 09-16-2012, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Take or Store your Tack?

I have an option of storing my tack at the barn in the tack rooms which now have a lock and key.

They never used to be locked (for about 15 years!) until last Christmas when someone came in and stole a bunch of the BO's tack. After that, the lock went up.

I used to store my tack at whatever barn I was staying in until I started at a facility of 150 horses that was half a mile long. Instead of putting my tack in one place and having to walk back and forth all day to tack up horses at different locations, I would keep it in my car and just drive there (nothin' lazy about ME!). Not only did this help out time-wise, it also kept it from any stick hands that were around...and there were a LOT.

So I got into the habit of taking my tack with me instead of storing it. Its always in my car, ready to go. Its always at home when I need to oil it. Its always at the barn when I want to ride, simply because its always with me. I never have to worry about where the tackroom key is, and if my tack with be there since the tackroom is shared (I had a situation of polos missing for 3 years before I finally found them. They were accidently left in the tackroom after I left the barn and someone had taken them. Just finally got them back by freak accident)

Do you store your tack at the barn? Or does yours travel around like mine? Is your tackroom locked? What keeps it from missing? Do you put your name on your tack anywhere if you do leave it?

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I store my tack and take with me only for cleaning/oiling/repairing. We're a small barn, all the boarders know and trust each other well (there's 7 of us + the BO's tack for the same number of horses), so we know each others tack by the look of it and know where to put it is something seems misplaced or forgotten near the arena, etc. That being said, the tackroom can be locked and it's done when the last person leaves the barn, although our barn is in a very remote place, practically in the middle of the forest.

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the barn I am at is not that big so the saddle is close by ,If the barn is that big having the saddle near by is a big plus I would keep it in the car( truck)

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post #4 of 7 Old 09-16-2012, 01:02 PM
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I do both. I recently moved from a barn that I had been at for 20+ yrs because it closed down. There I left my tack in the tack room because it was convenient to the saddling area and it was a small facility. My horses were lesson horses so I needed to leave their bridles in the tack room. Because the tack room leaked a little and I didn't have a cover for it, I carried my newest western saddle from home each time. The tack room was always locked and the BO lived on site. We never had anything stolen.

I've only been at the new barn a few months. My horses are no longer used for lessons but I leave my bridles and the English saddles there. I still transport my newest Western saddle, but I'm considering leaving it there. The tack room is also locked and the BO lives on the property.

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-16-2012, 01:33 PM
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I might store work tack but I wouldn't store anything I valued. I tend to carry my stuff back and forth, it's a pain but I don't like the idea of getting there and finding out I don't have a saddle or something.

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post #6 of 7 Old 09-16-2012, 02:19 PM
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id think locking the room is pretty useless. I imagine most of the people doing the stealing are other boarders. Who most likely have the key or combination.
I would look at a locable locker or job box to leave stuff in if I had to leave it at a community barn.
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-16-2012, 06:45 PM
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I used to take it with me a lot. But I don't think its good for saddles to be left in hot cars (during summer), and if I ever want to get something else I don't have the room!

This place I am at I am storing my feed and tack there and I am really grateful for it, because I really don't have the room at home.
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