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Do you use the same tack accessories for each of your horses?

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  • Do you use the same tack accessories for each of your horses?

    I have two and recently got a nice Prestige saddle fitted to one. Now the other one has come along and fortunately I can use the same saddle, but not the same bridle and he needs the correction pad fitted differently.

    I feel like it's indulgent for each horse to have their on set of bit, pad, etc especially when it's the same product but maybe used differently. But OTOH, it's a PITA to switch out bits and shim up the pad differently everyday.

    Not really a problem here, just wanted to see how many have their own set of tack accessories even if the are the same products. Or I'm probably being super lazy and really should not spend the $$

  • #2
    no- they all have there own gear and equipment
    as each horse should


    • #3
      Sometimes it is possible for my horses to share the same saddle. But each horse has its own bridle [complete with bit, (bits-(if it is their double bridle)], halter, blankets/sheets.
      Of all of my horses are different sizes too.
      Now the welsh cob and the texas wb have similar structure for saddle fit and they share that saddle(the somer flextra). The 1/2 arab/wb(the 2.5 yr old) wears the keiffer, he may end up the saddle that the other two use, when his shoulders widen.


      • #4
        With a good quality used bridle going for under $50 on Ebay, I think it's stupid NOT to have at least different bridles for each horse. The only exception I can see is if you had horses who wore the exact same holes on the bridle with the exact same bit...then they could share. But spending $50 on something that will last for years is SO WORTH IT to save the time swapping bits/changing holes/etc.

        All my horses have their own saddles/bridles/boots. The primary horse has nicer stuff than the newer, primarily pasture-buddy horse. But they both have their own sets of stuff.....what if I need both to be ridden at once? "Oh, no, sorry dear friend, but you can't come ride with me...only one bridle!"

        They all have their own brushes, too. Shared brushes are just asking for trouble, in most cases. Plus, again...what if I take one horse away for some training at a different barn? Horse #2 just doesn't get brushed for a few weeks, cause he doesn't have his own set?

        I completely understand not having custom-fitted saddles for all your horses, and top of the line tack. But both of my horses have their own things....horse #2 has primarily good-quality-but-used stuff, which is slowly being upgraded now that he's a permanent member.


        • #5
          Everybody has their own bridle, bits, martingale, girth, pads, boots, clothing, etc. I've got two saddles and they work. I share brushes.
          Y'all ain't right!


          • #6
            I don't have a horse right now but I guess it depends on your money situation.

            I think when I get a horse and possibly another one I would love to have 2 of everything....but if I can't afford it then I would make due with what I have.

            I would however get separate brushes, blankets, girths, possibly saddle pads.
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            • #7
              Hmm. Let's see. 2 horses. 4 saddles. 6 bridles. Countless bits. Several girls. A bagillion brushes, pads, halters, leads, etc. Yep, I'd say they each have their own stuff

              I have a show bridle for each, a schooling bridle for each and a couple extra I've used along the way (I might actually have more than 6 now that I think about it). I have one saddle I use primarily and thankfully both of my horses can use it comfortably but I do have others - just in case! They are nice but certainly not super high quality (and one is a western for trail riding when I feel like being much more relaxed).

              Brushes-I figure they have to have their own there. I wouldn't have humans using the same brush regularly so I don't let my horses either. I also have a whole set of "gear" that is strictly horse show gear and stays in my horse show trunk. This means the horse I show actually has 2 sets of brushes etc! Spoiled!! Most of the liquid stuff is in smaller travel bottles but that's just economically friendly for my wallet and makes the trunk much easier to lift...especially since I have to do it by myself 99% of the time

              Blankets - they are different sizes so they have to have their own. If they were the same size and the blankets were clean I'd probably share to a degree but I'm also OCD enough to label them and make sure the same horse wore the same one each year .

              Halters are probably the only thing I allow the horses to share but again, that OCD thing kicks in and halters I had for my first horse just aren't used on the second horse...and vise versa! However, the halters that hang on their doors can be used for whatever. Both of my horses live in small barns (separate farms unfortunately) and we tend to use whichever halter we grab initially on every horse we handle that day (turn out etc - they do not wear the halters outside...just on the way from the barn to the field) but if I'm using it for crossties etc - I try to get the right halter for the right horse because then it's more like "clothes" not just a leading tool.

              Of course, this is also almost 25 years of accumulated stuff - bought, given, gifted, won... If I had to go out and buy all brand new stuff for brand new horses from scratch - they'd each get a halter, small set of brushes, blanket if necesssary and a bit. I'd have to work my way up to extra bridles, saddles, saddle pads, multiple sets of brushes etc.
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              • #8
                We have just finished getting the pony his own set of brushes, he's had his own hoofpick and curry for a while, primarily because I wouldn't consider sharing toothbrushes for the family and it makes grooming and tacking both of them at the same time so much easier. There are two of them and three of us, we have enough tack and supplies to ride both of them at the same time. No fighting over the same girth etc.
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                • #9
                  Would not ever share brushes, hoofpicks, bits, saddle pads or things that can directly spread contamination.

                  I'm using one saddle on two right now, and the same girth. I much don't like using the same girth, and clean it religiously between horses. It's a great girth but really expensive, so I'll get another as soon as I can afford it.
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                  • #10
                    Both of mine each have their own saddle, girth, breastplate, bridle and brushes. They take different sized saddle trees and their heads are sufficiently different in size that I have a bridle for each--I do not like fooling with adjustments each time I ride. However, they do take roughly the same size in blankets, so they share those, as well as halters sometimes. I do not assign specific saddle pads to each, but I wash each pad before putting it on another horse. They take the same size bit, so sometimes I switch them around--after I have washed it of course.


                    • #11
                      Ours share saddles (adjustable gullet), but all the rest of their tack is theirs. Girths, bridles, saddle pads, etc.


                      • #12
                        I've got such a big collection of tack that I think I could outfit a whole barn of horses
                        So some stuff is just for one or the other, but other stuff I share between them.

                        I end up using the same saddle on both of them, just with different pads. Once the younger guy gets more fit and stops changing shape every week (lol) I'm going to hunt for a new (consignment, but new to us..) saddle for him that will fit us BOTH better than the current one, which I've outgrown a bit in the 7 years I've had it.


                        • #13
                          I have a bunch of tack and many horses have their own bridles (if they wear the same size to where it doesn't need to be adjusted and use the same bit, they get to share), but I don't have enough to have every horse in my barn saddled and ready to go at the same time. I have enough that I could probably ride out 3-4 at once, though.

                          I used to keep a different set of brushes for each horse but, well, I guess I got lazy. I feel like a slacker after reading this thread. But honestly, with the number of horses in my barn (between 8 and 10) and my current budget, I just can't get enough tack to fit all of them, and if I'm sharing tack already I figure brushes aren't a big concern. I also live in the desert where about the only skin problem I've dealt with has been dryness, which is hardly contagious.
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                          • #14
                            Nope, no sharing.

                            I only have two horses now, but even when I had four (plus a few I rode for other people), I still had different tack for everyone. I'm way too lazy to switch bridles around between rides - and I think sharing bits is gross. My main horse has had his saddle fitted to him - so I use it only on him. My little man has a saddle that fits well enough (which is also the one I use on other horses I ride) but once he gets a saddle fitted to him, again, it'll only be for him.

                            I do have different brushes for each - they're easy to tell apart because of the color - but they live in the same box, but stacked so they don't touch, so if there's some huge skin funk to be shared, it'll happen. Well, and my boys live together, so I'm going to assume that there are no secrets between them. To be safe, though, I use different brushes and different leg protection (since our main skin issue here is leg funk) - so each boy has a set (or two...) of boots and a set (or four..) of standing wraps. I don't reuse polo wraps without washing them, either - same for saddle pads.

                            They just now wear the same size blankets (ah, growing boys..) and I bet that'll be true for this year only. I only switch around clean blankets between them - no taking dirty sheets off of one and putting it on the other because, again, ewww. That and the little guy is a different body type from his brother, so their main blankets are different brands (I do have a stack of cheapies to throw on when their main blankets get skanky - those are first come, first served).

                            But, really, it helps that I've had multiple horses for ages, so I have a lot of tack to share around. Oh, and I'm wicked obsessive and kind of a tackaholic. That doesn't hurt, either.


                            • #15
                              I agree with the majority. I prefer that each horse has their own set of accessories. Especially, when it comes to grooming tools.


                              • #16
                                I'll use the same tack if it's appropriate for both horses. Separate tack as needed. I pretty much always use different saddle pads, though, because I'm a saddle pad addict and use different colors for different horse. If the bridle needs anything changed (bit, cheekpiece and noseband length), then it's worth having one for each horse. It's a huge hassle to change all the time, and you can get bridles so cheap. Even if you just have one nice bridle for showing and adjust that, and use cheap schooling bridles the rest of the time.
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                                • #17
                                  Having dealt with fungus stuff and the like among my horses, I never share. Ever. It drives me crazy that my one horse off at training shares stuff there, but if he gets a fungus, they have to deal with it, so I try to ignore it!

                                  Everyone has their own bridle, girth, pads, brushes, etc. I might switch stuff around sometimes, but it gets cleaned first to make sure I don't pass anything along. I even have a saddle for each horse right now, but that is just because they are all so different in fits.


                                  • #18
                                    I have two, and they're built fairly differntly (one is about a hand taller, is of thicker build, etc), so the do need different sizes in blankets, splint boots, etc.

                                    But one of the silly reasons I don't share stuff between them is that the smaller one takes care of his things. I bet I could still use his original turnout blanket I got him 10 years ago if I wasn't a blanket addict and tend to buy new ones on whims. The bigger one frequently hears me say, "See!? This is why you don't have nice things!!" (which is kind of a lie, because I usually buy stuff in mid high-end range, but it's funny to say to him anyway).

                                    Up until about a month ago they each had their own tack boxes, so nothing was shared except for bottled medicine/bathing/etc supplies. New configurations make it easier for all their stuff to live in one box, since the other box doesn't get to live near their stalls. I try not to share brushes, but if there is no funk going around I'm not anal about it. I mostly don't like to share because one's grey and the other is black and the stray hairs show up!

                                    They get their own saddle pads, but that's easy because I have like 6 baby pads and just grab the clean one off the top. If I use a baby pad and it doesn't get dirty (very rare day indeed), I might use it another day or two, but the hairs left behind make it easy to figure out who used which and not to swap them.

                                    Everything else is unto their own. That's partially because there used to be leasors in their lives and I wasn't in the mood to coordinate 4 people's riding schedules (1 leasor per horse, myself, my sister) but mostly because it's just easier.

                                    I actually have a cheapie bridle for each of them on reserve. During those periods in the past (and maybe the future) when they've done lessons in one bit and hacked in another, it was SO much easier to simply grab the other bridle, rather than monkey around with the cheek pieces and bit keepers and stuff.


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                                      • #20
                                        Gee I only wish my horses complied with the one size fits all category because if they did my husband would be a much happier and richer man Let's see I own 9 and ride 7 (one is fully retired the other is leased out to someone). I have 5 saddles, 10 bridles, countless bits, 3 sets of side reins, 2 surcingles (pony & horse size), etc. My beasts that are going under saddle range in size from 13 hands to 15.1 or so and beer keg round to we're sailing the ocean blue ocean liner wide. So let's just say that while I do share some tack between horses, most have required that I accomodate them each on an individual basis.

                                        Now here's to reality. I am taking 4, only 4 to a schooling show today. I will be riding 8 tests. I am oddly grateful that I do have such an amassing of tack because there is no way I could handle the tack changes and get a decent warm-up if they all wore the same tack since I have a few tests that are within 30 minutes of each other on different beasts. I will go ahead and tack up those that are scheduled that close together, ride one and leave one at the trailer tied without the bridle on so that I can hustle back with the first and hop on the second after bridling. You can't imagine how just not having to saddle the second one as you try to make roll call relieves some stress and hastle. Of course this is the argument I give my husband. Keep in mind the other part of reality is that my whole family rides so it's hard to ride 4 horses at the same time sharing one saddle, one bridle, one pad, etc.

                                        Indulgent? Hell I have horses so that already puts me into the self-indulgent category. I just keep telling my husband that we can't take it with us and who better to enjoy the fruits of our labor but us.........................so indulgent and selfish.
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