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post #1 of 36 Old 07-29-2013, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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To hoard tack, or to not hoard tack, that is the question!

I've owned a few horses over the years with varying body types and sizes. Usually when I get a new horse, I sell the old stuff and go buy new stuff for the new horse, because invariably, the old stuff doesn't fit. And invariably somewhere down the line I get a horse that would have fit the old stuff. I'm going now from a ~17hh giant to a 15.1hh dainty sport horse... Nothing fits. The beautiful, expensive CWD bridle I bought for jughead Ro is a zillion sizes too big for Little Miss, and a few years ago, I sold a very nice bridle that would have fit her... Over the years I've had stuff to fit her, but it was all traded in for Giant sized stuff.
Gaaahhhhh! I have tupperwares upon tupperwares of equipment, and I always feel like I need to get rid of some stuff before I buy more. But then I find myself in a position like I'm in now- I've owned everything necessary to outfit this horse just fine, but I felt the need to purge my collection down so to not seem (as much of) a tack hoarder.
I like buying new stuff, don't get me wrong, but where's the bleeping line?! Honestly! I dare not sell the stuff I have now, because lord knows I may need it in the future.

My name is Allie, and I have a serious tack issue.

*hides receipt from new Antares saddle for Lil Miss*
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post #2 of 36 Old 07-29-2013, 11:39 PM
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Joint the club. I have 5 saddles and only one butt... the math doesn't seem to add up but I can't bring myself to get rid of any of them. I also have about a million bits and bridles but I find I need them because I see a lot of different horses for training etc.
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post #3 of 36 Old 07-29-2013, 11:42 PM
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I have an oversized bridle, a full sized bridle and a cob sized bridle. I have a few bits I like, I have a decently normally sized double, and that seems to do me.
My newest bridle is 10 years old hahaha.
I don't sell stuff I just buy new browbands :P

I have my magical KN saddle which I refuse to sell because magically without fail it fits everything. Even when I do buy a new fancy custom Ideal - I will hold onto the KN.
I have blankets in every size, etc..
But I inevitably end up with random horses I need to clothe :P So the stuff stays and when it gets worn out, it gets chucked out.
I finally broke down and bought a new fly sheet for my poor horse because he looked like a hobo. But the 10 year old winter blanket will continue on in it's legacy of going on every horse, ever hahaha. It will not die :P

This is why I have a trailer FULL off stuff and a tack room in my house.... :S

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post #4 of 36 Old 07-29-2013, 11:45 PM
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Well.....let me know if you have any size 78"-80" blankets you will part with, any season will do, I am a blanket hoarder......I fear not having the right blanket when I need it!!
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post #5 of 36 Old 07-29-2013, 11:46 PM
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Originally Posted by LynnF View Post
Joint the club. I have 5 saddles and only one butt... the math doesn't seem to add up but I can't bring myself to get rid of any of them. I also have about a million bits and bridles but I find I need them because I see a lot of different horses for training etc.
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post #6 of 36 Old 07-30-2013, 12:08 AM
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Is this where I sign up for the tack hoarders support group?
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post #7 of 36 Old 07-30-2013, 12:10 AM
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I have at least ten bits that I don't use (at least five are brand new in packaging, thanks to horseloverz), probably at least seven various headstalls, at least four saddles (one's English, does it count?) not counting the ones I bought to sell....god knows how many sets of reins....

Nothing wrong with minor "hoarding" as long as it's more of a collection, and is neat and semi-organized.

(vows to go organize)
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post #8 of 36 Old 07-30-2013, 01:00 AM
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Where to begin? lol uhhhhh..... I need help? :) I have four saddles (am looking for a fifth), a hackamore that's hardly ever used since the one horse I used it one got a home, numerous halters/lead ropes and lungelines, three bridles and more sets of reins and saddle pads than any person with three bridles and four saddles should ever need! I keep all my stuff cause I never know when or where I'll need it. lol

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post #9 of 36 Old 07-30-2013, 01:18 AM
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If you don't really need the money you could get for another purpose and the accumulation of stuff is reasonably organized I don't see the problem with keeping equipment that doesn't fit your horse. Now, if your living room was filled floor to ceiling with bridles, or you were hanging on to them when you were having trouble paying the farrier then yes, it's past time to let things go.

I've only owned one horse in my life so I haven't had the worry of selling tack that no longer fits my horse in case I get another one of similar size. I've never had a problem with selling items that I no longer need, and I recently put a bunch of equipment up for sale. Some of it sold, some of it didn't (I'm willing to negotiate, but I'm not in dire need of extra cash so I'm not going to sell it for dirt cheap!), and I was ok with that. Come to find out that a few of the items I was trying to sell and didn't are ones that I want to keep, such as a saddle and girth that my boyfriend can use! So glad that it didn't sell!

I also recently acquired a bunch of random horse equipment from my boyfriend's mom who hasn't had horses in about ten years or so. I looked through and found a few items that I could use, but I would rather sell most of the items than hang on to them. I would feel really uncomfortable selling the stuff that she has hung on to all of these years even with her permission, so it's been sitting here for a bit. Over the course of this summer I've already taken a pair of stirrups and both pairs of leathers off of the two saddles for my own use, fit one of the bridles and bits to the TB that I've been riding, used the slightly-too-large girth on my new saddle, and commandeered a few other miscellaneous barn items. This time last year if these items had mysteriously fallen into my hands through some other means then most of it would have been sold immediately without a second thought. I'm glad that I would have been too uncomfortable selling the items- so much of it has come in handy already when I wasn't expecting it to!

Oh, I think it's also worth mentioning that I currently have 5 saddles in my possession and only one horse. I have my normal wintec dressage saddle that I use everyday, the Australian saddle that I bought because it was a good deal, the close contact saddle that I bought and still haven't really had a chance to use yet, and two older saddles (one dressage and one cc) that came from the boyfriend's mom. My wintec isn't going anywhere anytime soon, the Australian is staying here for my boyfriend, the cc will theoretically be used several times a month if I get back to doing a little jumping, and I just don't want to sell the boyfriend's mom's saddles! The two that are old, hard as a rock, and something that I probably won't ever use are the ones I don't want to do anything with!

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post #10 of 36 Old 07-30-2013, 01:22 AM
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Hmmm...I have a pony saddle, pad, and 2 bridles and haven't had a riding pony in 3+ years.

Umpteen foal halters and the last foal I raised is now 9 years old.

A plastic tub full of different bits and that's not counting the bits that are on headstalls and I actually use. Added to that are all the headstalls that are still made up for horses that are no longer here or have been retired.

Pads & blankets galore that I never use because I keep finding prettier ones.

Girths, boots, leg wraps and a plethora of about anything you can think of.

A buggy and harness without a horse on the place trained to pull it.

Well you get the picture. LOL
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