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Quandary over gear stash and lack of horse

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  • #21
    I hope what Ironwood Farm says about you getting back into it sooner than you think is true

    But as for what to do with your equipment, my observation has been that leather likes to have a job with regular use and care. So I would say only keep the amount of leather that you want to clean/condition a few times a year.

    About 10 years ago, I had a horse-sized horse and gave away all my oversized tack because I couldn’t imagine when I would ever need it again. About a year later, I sold the horse sized horse and bought an oversized horse! Now I have at least six complete bridles, plus a bunch of cavessons and other parts. All of it is much better quality than what I gave away. I do sometimes regret giving away my first horse’s bridles but one of them would be about 40 years old at this point, and another would be 30 with out-of-style, yellowed with age, white padding. So alls well that ends well.

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    • #22
      I'm recently horseless and planning on taking a break from horse ownership for a while. I sold the larger, harder-to-store items (saddles [there were tears]) and sold or gave away large and bulky sized items like blankets. I also got rid of items that took up more storage space but didn't have much value - things like polo wraps and older schooling pads. I decided to keep most of the easier-to-store tack (bridles, bits, girths, grooming supplies, halters, leads, lunging supplies, etc) in totes.

      A few others have mentioned that tack does not always store well in totes, especially when it's not in a temperature controlled environment. If your stuff has been sitting in totes in a barn, there's a fair chance it's moldy or has been damaged by rodents. I would start with going through your totes and throwing out anything that has been damaged. Keep anything that's nice or sentimental and try to downsize to a storage container that you can stash in a closet or in an under-bed storage container. I took apart all my bridles to store them. They took up less space this way, and it allowed me to give them a thorough cleaning before they went in the totes.

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      • #23
        I sold everything but two saddles when I "retired" from horses 11 years ago. We were moving, and had to use two vans (because I have keeper tendencies, too!). Lots of it went to the local Pony Club which let me feel good about it. The two saddles went later to someone who had a barn fire and needed to start over.

        Then I started riding again, about 6 years ago. I've rebought a few things (very, VERY used!) which make me happy because I don't have to keep adjusting stirrup length at the barn. I am not concerned with fashion, so my dressage saddle is probably 60 years old (none of those big thigh blocks). My jumping saddle a hand-me-down from a friend. I don't own, just ride in lessons now, so I don't need halters, bits, blankets, pads of my own. I *do* suddenly own too many pairs of (second hand) breeches.

        When I was horseless in college, I kept my saddles, so I had them in the living room for the aroma and the reminder.

        Depends so much on who you are (hoarder versus tidy-freak), your forseeable future (intend to get back into things or not?), economics (need the money out of the items?), etc.

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        • #24
          I'd keep anything you really like and are able to maintain, but find new homes for the rest (be it through sale or donation.). There's nothing worse than hanging on to something, not using it, then finding out it's gone to ruin and is now no good to anyone. It makes me very happy to know that some of my wonderful little pony's things have gone on to other special horses, rather than just deteriorating in storage. That being said, I am careful about where things go - it either needs to be someone who will care for it, or somewhere I will never see it again. I am very careful with all my things, and it makes me sad to see it used and abused.

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          • #25
            Originally posted by bip View Post

            About 10 years ago, I had a horse-sized horse and gave away all my oversized tack because I couldn’t imagine when I would ever need it again. About a year later, I sold the horse sized horse and bought an oversized horse!
            Ha! I did the same. Bought a warmblood, sold my little Appy, and thought "Oh, I'll never need cob sized things again." Fast forward less than two years I ended up with a cob-faced little project horse again.

            About halfway through college I gave my horse stuff away to my friends who were still riding, and over the years have sold or donated things that I wasn't currently using. Out of all that, the only things I regret not hanging onto are some Jerry's bridles, since they're no longer made, and a box of bits. Now I have some custom-made items (mecate, lunging cavesons, my Black Country dressage saddle and Gary Mundy stirrup leathers) and some expensive stirrup irons that I would hang onto if I took a hiatus, but I think everything else of value would go.

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