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post #1 of 5 Old 10-24-2013, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Tack rental fee- get my own tack?

I'm leasing one of the lesson horses at my barn. I can ride her anytime when she's not in a lesson, she is mostly a w/t/c horse, so never really worked too hard.

Our barn charges $30/ month for tack rental, and while its not terribly expensive, I wonder if its worth it for me to get my own.

I already have
Grooming supply
Saddle, leather and iron
Saddle pad

Looks like I will need girth and bridle. My current lease horse is huge, 56 girth, but I'm not sure if my next lease will be the same size, also, only horses that uses a bit bridle has their own (and the manager said I still have to use my own bridle if I want to avoid this fee, I need to clarify coz this doesn't make any sense)

I can get girth and schooling bridle for super cheap on some used tack exchange group, but I know nothing about bridles. Will one bridle not fit the other horse? What about bits?
My current mare uses bitless bridle, so I'm not getting that just because

What do you think? Worth it to get my own?
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-24-2013, 11:24 PM
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Bridles are generally pretty interchangeable. They're adjustable and generally fit size ranges. Full fits usually 15hh - 17hh, Cob 14-15hh and pony below that. It depends on the individual horse though. Quarter Horses and stock types tend to fit full regardless of size, where as breeds such as Arabs might need a smaller size.

Bits are somewhat individual, they can be used with other horses if they're suitable for that horse. You don't know what bit is best for a horse until you have it, but some bits, such as an ordinary snaffle or double jointed snaffle (like a KK training) tend to suit a lot of horses. Recently I was using the same bridle/bit with four different horses.

However, if your mare goes well in bitless it's probably best to keep her that way. She's probably in it for a reason. If you want to go to a bitted bridle ask the manager what bit suits.

To me though, the biggest concern is the saddle. It sounds like your ride English, and lots of english saddles need to be refitted to a new horse so even if you have a saddle it might not fit. If you've tried it and it fits well... then it's up to you. Bridles and girths come pretty cheap.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-25-2013, 12:58 AM
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For $30/month you can very easily make it worth getting your own bridle and girth. If you look for a good used product you could probably find both for under $50. Most average sized bridles will fit most horses. Sometimes sizing can be a bit weird though- I have a cob-sized dressage bridle that I use on my QH gelding. The cheek pieces are on their shortest setting, but the noseband needs to be on the second to biggest. I've used this bridle on long headed TBs on just one hole longer than my horse, but have had to put the noseband much tighter. If the head is any shorter or finer than my boy the bridle won't fit. However, I have a friend with a 17hh TB use her only bridle on a 14hh pony. Go figure that one out!

Even if you won't lease this horse forever I'd take the plunge if you'll have him for more than a month or so. Money spent in tack rental is money you're throwing away, but you'll be able to keep the product even if you get a new horse. You can save it in case you get a larger horse one day, or try to sell it if you need to! Either way, you'll have it and once you pay for it you won't have to worry!
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-25-2013, 03:16 AM
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On the short term advantages, it is easier since you will not have to clean or take care of the tack. But I see more advantages to having your own tack in the long run. A lease is kind of a pointless loop. You pay for something month after month, yet it never belongs to you. I would go ahead and buy my own tack. You can get exactly what you like, and you know only you and your horse use it.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-25-2013, 09:33 AM
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Your ROI will be fast if you buy those few things you indicated.

The fact that you have a saddle (which as another poster noted often won't fit one horse to another... that has been my experience with my horses) is the largest investment.
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