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post #1 of 13 Old 06-28-2012, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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What to do with found tack?

I found a pretty nice show bridle hanging on the gate of the public arena about two months ago. I figured out it was pony sized by keeping it in the holes I found it in and trying it on my pony, and it fit perfect.. and looked awesome.. I suspect it had been hanging there for a while because of the rust on the bit and some of the silver on it.
That aside, I contacted everyone I knew with a small horse or large pony, and it doesn't belong to anybody that I know. I also called the managers of the arena and they said there wasn't anything they could do.
I really wanted a new show bridle, but I don't really want to go all "finders keepers losers weepers" on people.. And I'm afraid if I go and show in it at local shows the rightful owner of it will turn up, and be mad!
What would you do?

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post #2 of 13 Old 06-28-2012, 11:27 PM
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Advertise on Craigslist, and in your local paper, which likely has a free lost and found column. Our area here has an equine network group on facebook, is there one in your area? If there is, that is probably the fastest way to find the owner. Maybe also try contacting your local 4-h coordinator.
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post #3 of 13 Old 06-28-2012, 11:29 PM
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You must hoard every piece of tack you find! Put a poster up in the arena where you found it, no replies, it's yours to use.
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post #4 of 13 Old 06-28-2012, 11:33 PM
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Don't put a picture of it up or describe it. Simply say "Found a pony show bridle, call/email to describe"

If someone can describe it correctly, they're the ones who lost it.
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post #5 of 13 Old 06-29-2012, 01:47 AM
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Don't put a picture of it up or describe it. Simply say "Found a pony show bridle, call/email to describe"

If someone can describe it correctly, they're the ones who lost it.
Good idea with a picture or dipescriotion someone could easily say it's theirs when it's not.

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post #6 of 13 Old 06-29-2012, 01:58 AM
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Good idea with a picture or dipescriotion someone could easily say it's theirs when it's not.

Hey......I think I lost a bridle at a public arena the other day......might be mine!
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post #7 of 13 Old 06-29-2012, 01:27 PM
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Consider yourself lucky! I go around the fairgrounds after the show's over and collect whatever folks have left. If I know who it belongs to, I return. If not, it's mine.

I'm not talking pricey stuff...a brush here, a future fork missing one tine there, almost full bottle of horse shampoo at the wash rack...that kind of stuff.

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post #8 of 13 Old 06-29-2012, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Ok! I put an ad on craigslist saying "found: a horse bridle at __county fairgrounds, email & describe it."
If I don't get an answer in a couple months, I'm going to keep it. :)
The thing i'm just worried about is if the person is going to show at the fair (which I am too) and thinks I stole it... What would I say then?

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post #9 of 13 Old 06-29-2012, 03:03 PM
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they will know you wont stole it when you say where you found it and when, besides most people would just be greatful to have it back, and you can also point them in the direction of your ad so that they know you were trying to find them. However you are alot nicer then me because I am a finders keepers loosers weepers. Unless I know who it belongs to. I am aware of this when I leave things lying around other places as well.


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post #10 of 13 Old 06-29-2012, 03:43 PM
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If you stole it, you wouldn't be looking for it's owner ;)

I'd say that if the owner doesn't pop up in 3 weeks, its yours. No need to wait a couple months.
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