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  1. #1
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    Smile What do you do with non-useable, but sentimental tack?

    Just curious what other COTHers do with tack that is no longer fit for its original purpose, but you keep it because of the sentimental value.

    I have my first saddle on a stand in one of the rooms of my house. The panels are foam and pretty much rock-hard at this point, but I could just not get rid of it. It was also the saddle of the horse I rode through most of my kid and teenage years, who passed away at the ripe old age of 30. So it's a saddle with a lot of memories!

    How about you? Do you keep saddles, bridles, halters, etc, that don't have much use anymore, but have a lot of sentimental value?
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    Yes. I have the first english saddle I ever rode in. It's unusable but I hate to get rid of it because of the memories involved. I keep thinking I'll turn it into a bar stool or something - but so far, it's still taking up space in the tack room.



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    I don't.

    If it's not useful out it goes.

    I recently got rid of an Albion dressage saddle. I very much liked riding in the saddle and had used it on a training horse in the morning, the saddle fitter came to adjust it to my personal horse in the afternoon, and when it was determined that a new saddle would fit my developing horse better, it left on the truck out the driveway for trade-in that day. Sayonara, didn't look back.


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    No, eventually I toss it out. No wait, I have to make an exception for a pair of stirrups, the old nickel silver kind. I keep those, they are great bookends.
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    OP, I feel your pain and deal with the same thing! The Stubben Wotan I bought brand new in 1976 has been sitting in our garage for about 19 years because.I.can't.bear.to.part.with.it. but I don't want it taking up space in my tackroom. At this point I should see if a riding program could use it in some way. Hate to admit it but I no longer fit into a 16.5" seat either.....



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    I have moved so many times that sentimental stuff just looks like more things to pack to me, so I get rid of everything that doesn't have a function. I have a small rubbermaid shoebox that all my sentimental items must fit into. Tack won't fit!!


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    The saddle my dad bought me in 1986 sits in my garage waiting for the day that I buy a nice saddle rack so it can be used as a decoration in the house. No way will I part with that saddle, even though it is so wide I think it was designed for an elephant. Aside from that, I use everything else or sell it. I use my bridles on everything that I own and ride so no one ever really has their own that is assigned to only them. I know too many people with a half dozen beautiful bridles sitting unused because they belonged to this or that dearly departed horse. Not that there is anything wrong with that, just not something I wish to do.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SLW View Post
    OP, I feel your pain and deal with the same thing! The Stubben Wotan I bought brand new in 1976 has been sitting in our garage for about 19 years because.I.can't.bear.to.part.with.it. but I don't want it taking up space in my tackroom. At this point I should see if a riding program could use it in some way. Hate to admit it but I no longer fit into a 16.5" seat either.....
    Yeah, I'm pretty much in the same boat! I don't think my saddle would even be fit for a riding program, it's so hard on the underside and I've heard replacing foam flocking is really expensive.
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    I don't usually keep equipment once it has outlived its usefulness. However, I do keep small things: halter nameplates (those go on a picture frame of the horse it belonged to), and one shoe from each young horse's first set (which gets made into a picture frame).


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    I still have the brush I used to groom my first horse for the last time the day he was euthanized (I had gotten him as a birthday present on my 13th birthday...and he died the week after my 31st birthday). It has his hair in it, so I refuse to use it or clean it. It's in a plastic tote with other assorted objects, so it's out of the way. But, when I go searching for that neck strap or bit or extra hoof pick, and I happen to come across this brush, it's comforting...and sad...and wonderful...and all that.


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    I've got my 70's Stubben that I evented in , sitting on a lovely oak rack in my bedroom. The bridles, one with a drop nose, snaffle and those 1 inch lace reins...and the pelham bridle with Crosby rolled,web reins for cross country, hanging on either end of my dresser mirror. The halter and name plate, with leather lead shank , hangs on a brass bridle rack I bought from Dovers.


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    I put my first horse's bridle in a shadow box. My second horse's halter will eventually go into a shadow box too. Other than that I don't have much. A couple of worn out bridles in a box.

    I did hang onto my first horse's saddle for several years, but it was never going to fit either of my next two horses. When a friend said she was going to look for a saddle like the one I had I offered it to her, it fit and she bought it.



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    My geldings bridle still hangs in the tack room. He was my first horse...I got him when I was 11 and he was 4 and we were together for 26 years. He died at age 30 about a year and a half ago. His bridle is far too big for the two Morgans I have now so it will hang in the tack room on the same hook it always did.


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    I have a black western saddle in my attic that my grandfather bought for me and my first horse in 1963. It is totally useless at this point, but I can't bring myself to throw it out. That just seems wrong somehow - in spite of the fact that I quit using it after getting a few years' showing experience under my belt and realizing that it wasn't show worthy. I guess I'll tell my sons to bury the damn thing with me!


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    I kept one bridle from the late 70s. I still use it as my regular bridle although I had to replace the rubber reins and the dropped nose band.

    My Stubben Siegfried that I bought used in 1979 I still use every time I ride.

    My childhood Stubben Rex I kept out of sentiment. My daughter used it, and when she outgrew it, I lent it to my BO who uses it for lessons when she has a tiny beginner. That saddle is close to 50 years old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewey View Post
    My childhood Stubben Rex I kept out of sentiment. My daughter used it, and when she outgrew it, I lent it to my BO who uses it for lessons when she has a tiny beginner. That saddle is close to 50 years old.

    I wish I had kept mine...but I was young, broke (not much has changed!), and couldn't buy a new one till the Rex got sold. Best saddle ever.

    I have my first pony Metro's bridle and snaffle, and I kept a few things when I sold everything and got out of horses. Kept a bit, Boomer's leather halter, his nice fleece show cooler, and a few books/misc things. I also kept my helmet, boots, and a couple pairs of breeches. Just in case



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    Quote Originally Posted by DancingFoalFarms View Post
    I don't usually keep equipment once it has outlived its usefulness. However, I do keep small things: halter nameplates (those go on a picture frame of the horse it belonged to), and one shoe from each young horse's first set (which gets made into a picture frame).
    What great ideas! We have all the old halters with nameplates hanging on one wall of the tack room. I love the idea of using them on a picture frame. The nameplates, that is.



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    I'm not sentimental at all about tack. If I can't use it anymore it gets sold or donated. Over the years I've donated one saddle to a equine therapy program and another to a 4-H program and sold several others.

    However, I do have a WWI vintage cavalry saddle on a handmade walnut stand sitting in a corner in my office. I look at it as being the same as displaying a work of art. It's a great conversation piece.


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    I'm not sentimental about saddles at all. I kept my first pony's bridle because she didn't have a fancy halter. But I've got the second one's leather halter with name plate in my bedroom. It's just one of those things that I like to have. The picture frame idea is a great one!


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    I have my filly's first real set of shoes.
    I have my show chaps from high school. Not worth selling and have great sentimental value
    I have my last QH's custom saddle. I don't want to sell it and don't plan to. It's just in the tack room like I still owned him.


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