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Stop shopping in my tack trunk!! *ventilating*

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  • Stop shopping in my tack trunk!! *ventilating*

    So I ride at a fairly small barn (25 horses), and I just have to say how disappointed I am in my fellow barn mates right now. In the last month (May), I have lost my leather girth, leather martingale, leather summer riding gloves, show bat, and someone has ridden in my boots and left them filthy. (I clean my stuff meticulously after every ride). Taken right off the wall, off of their respective hooks, never to be seen again. (I looked everywhere, save everyone's personal tack trunks. I'm not the type to do that). Also, stealing my medicated shampoo and antibiotics from my trunk also REALLY sucked. My horse doesn't thank you either. A**holes.

    Someone has also ridden in everything (saddle, pads, bridle, martingale) and left them haphazardly lying around my tack area, FILTHY and covered in sweat, dirt, and chestnut horse hair (I have a grey), but at least they returned the stuff! I would never think to use someone else's boots and saddle so obviously.

    Come on people, really?? My tack area is NOT a tack store and the items in it are not open for business! I do not appreciate having to clean your mess off my stuff, and especially do not appreciate having to replace things because they were stolen. I do not have fancy or expensive tack, so I don't even know who would be interested. Some people have Edgewood's and Anatares' hanging right out in the open that are left untouched. I would understand if this were a bigger barn, people would be more anonymous. But here- I know everyone (some better than others), but I at least know their names and horses. I know it could be worse, but I still take everything home with me now and am on the lookout for a large enough tack trunk for every thing to fit onto to LOCK when I leave.

    Sorry- just had to vent. People suck. I know it happens everywhere- but all at once it just shocking to me. Thanks for listening

  • #2
    Wow, that is really tacky of them. Buy a lock or something for your trunk. Write a note that says the following:

    Dear A** Hole,

    I know your using my stuff and I really don't appreciate it. I have a camera taping you right now, so say CHEESE!!!

    Thank you,

    Equiade

    Can you buy one of those locking saddle racks as well?

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    • #3
      That conduct use to drive me crazy. I take good care of my equipment and don't mind "lending" things to people who ask permission. What you describe is rude and unacceptable.

      I solved my issue by purchasing a brand small enough to mark every piece of tack I own. Worked like a charm, I was even able to recover something someone stole and they did not know where I had branded the belly strap.
      http://STA551.com
      845-363-1875

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      • #4
        That's awful! My barn is slightly bigger than yours but no one ever steals from each other, or takes things without asking. If people don't have the common decency to ask before they use your stuff, then buy a nice big padlock! Have you notified the BO about your missing stuff?

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          #5
          Originally posted by sar2008 View Post
          Wow, that is really tacky of them. Buy a lock or something for your trunk. Write a note that says the following:

          Dear A** Hole,

          I know your using my stuff and I really don't appreciate it. I have a camera taping you right now, so say CHEESE!!!

          Thank you,

          Equiade

          Can you buy one of those locking saddle racks as well?
          I didn't know they made locking saddle racks! Yes I would purchase one! I've mentioned chaining my saddle to my saddle rack. Someone already beat me to actually marketing one with a built in lock.

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            #6
            Originally posted by indygirl2560 View Post
            That's awful! My barn is slightly bigger than yours but no one ever steals from each other, or takes things without asking. If people don't have the common decency to ask before they use your stuff, then buy a nice big padlock! Have you notified the BO about your missing stuff?
            Oh yes, I've mentioned to her, but she cant really *do* anything, without knowing who it was. I've written on the white-board everything that's missing as well. I doubt I'll get it back. It's more the principle of the fact, rather than the items missing. (Although I loved that martingale as it was super soft). And the ABX- well that just goes with out saying.

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              #7
              Originally posted by STA View Post
              That conduct use to drive me crazy. I take good care of my equipment and don't mind "lending" things to people who ask permission. What you describe is rude and unacceptable.

              I solved my issue by purchasing a brand small enough to mark every piece of tack I own. Worked like a charm, I was even able to recover something someone stole and they did not know where I had branded the belly strap.
              I don't mind lending either, as I sometimes have things to borrow too. But it will always be returned cleaned and oiled (if applicable and it won't darken the leather).

              Where did you get such a brand? I like that idea..

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              • #8
                http://www.horsetackinternational.co...74a2f284a4c5e2

                Here you go...worth every penny

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                • #9
                  I would be very tempted to lace a bottle of shampoo with Gentian Violet:
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentian_violet

                  It's very very purple, and stains the skin and hair. It is used in various applications in the hospital, one of which is to mark the skin of radiation therapy patients, as it does not readily wash off. You would know who had been in your stuff by their purple hands and discolored horse. Of course, you'd have to be careful not to grab that particular bottle of shampoo to use on your own grey horse, or he might end up looking a bit like Dame Edna:
                  http://showclix.com/blog/wp-content/...7/dameedna.jpg
                  http://www.selahwaysporthorses.com/

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                  • #10
                    No matter how big or small the barn is - - that's not acceptable! It's YOUR tack and no one should touch it. If someone asks you, then okay - but WOW.....

                    Unfortunatley it sounds like you need to lock your things up and put your name on EVERYTHING.

                    When I boarded for many years I had my name on everything so there would be no mistakes that it belonged to someone else... I locked everything up even my feed. I had a trash can w/ feed in it; a chain and a lock. It's sad this has to be done - but some people don't feel using others stuff is an issue.

                    Now that I have my own barn - I LOVE IT. I can leave my fly spray on the door and it's just where I left it when I go to the barn.

                    I hope you can find a solution to this... You could post a note, but IMHO; I think a lock will say what needs to be said.

                    Good luck and I am sorry about what you are going through.
                    Live in the sunshine.
                    Swim in the sea.
                    Drink the wild air.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by selah View Post
                      I would be very tempted to lace a bottle of shampoo with Gentian Violet:
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentian_violet

                      It's very very purple, and stains the skin and hair. It is used in various applications in the hospital, one of which is to mark the skin of radiation therapy patients, as it does not readily wash off. You would know who had been in your stuff by their purple hands and discolored horse. Of course, you'd have to be careful not to grab that particular bottle of shampoo to use on your own grey horse, or he might end up looking a bit like Dame Edna:
                      http://showclix.com/blog/wp-content/...7/dameedna.jpg
                      That would do it!!!!
                      Live in the sunshine.
                      Swim in the sea.
                      Drink the wild air.

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                      • #12
                        It's very very purple, and stains the skin and hair. It is used in various applications in the hospital, one of which is to mark the skin of radiation therapy patients, as it does not readily wash off. You would know who had been in your stuff by their purple hands and discolored horse. Of course, you'd have to be careful not to grab that particular bottle of shampoo to use on your own grey horse, or he might end up looking a bit like Dame Edna:

                        I like the above idea, I did something similar to neighbors who kept coming on to my property to remove a sign at night. I mixed a powder that does not wash off with vaseline and smeared the mixture on the sign post - they had a difficult time denying their action the next day since the husband's hands were stained red. No harm to him, but it took weeks for the red stain to wear off.
                        http://STA551.com
                        845-363-1875

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by selah View Post
                          I would be very tempted to lace a bottle of shampoo with Gentian Violet:
                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentian_violet
                          I like this idea.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by selah View Post
                            I would be very tempted to lace a bottle of shampoo with Gentian Violet:
                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentian_violet

                            It's very very purple, and stains the skin and hair. It is used in various applications in the hospital, one of which is to mark the skin of radiation therapy patients, as it does not readily wash off. You would know who had been in your stuff by their purple hands and discolored horse. Of course, you'd have to be careful not to grab that particular bottle of shampoo to use on your own grey horse, or he might end up looking a bit like Dame Edna:
                            http://showclix.com/blog/wp-content/...7/dameedna.jpg
                            Omg, thats AMAZINGGGG.

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                            • #15
                              Equidae, I bought my brand at least 35 years ago. Find a welder and have them make a brand for you. The letters in my brand are about 3/8 inch tall, they fit on cheek pieces, brow bands, everything.
                              http://STA551.com
                              845-363-1875

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                              • #16
                                Why not just lock your trunk?
                                Here today, gone tomorrow...

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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by sar2008 View Post
                                  Ooo, and it's discreet too! (So I don't look like a psycho paranoid with a giant chain around my saddle. HAHAHA).

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by FrenchFrytheEqHorse View Post
                                    Why not just lock your trunk?
                                    It's VERY small. And needs to be fitting for proper locking hardware. It's not really 'meant' for horse stuff, as I just bought my horse in April, I have not yet gotten a proper trunk large enough for everything. It's in the works

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by STA View Post
                                      Equidae, I bought my brand at least 35 years ago. Find a welder and have them make a brand for you. The letters in my brand are about 3/8 inch tall, they fit on cheek pieces, brow bands, everything.
                                      Hahah, ok thank you.

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                                      • #20
                                        Here ya go:

                                        Tack brands

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