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Why can't I throw away old tack????

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  • Why can't I throw away old tack????

    My weekend project is going to be to clean my tack room and get ready for riding season, but I KNOW that it will be a sad repeat of every other year where all I do is move and shift it all around.

    I have bits I have not used for 20 years, old blankets, halters that are 20 years old, but every time I pick one up to toss it, I remember the horse that used to wear it, memories come flooding back and I just can't do it! Some of this stuff is so tattered that I would be embarrassed to give it to a rescue, in fact I give them NEW stuff.

    Am I the only one with the problem? I can easily toss any of my clothes, household goods etc, but when I get out to that barn I get all gripped up and cave...

  • #2
    YOU are a tack junkie!
    the NOT!! Spoiled!! Arabian Protectavest poster pony lives on in my heart


    • #3
      Welcome to the club. I have enough stuff to outfit a stable, and two horses.

      I did manage to pack a large box and two saddles for a tack swap tomorrow. But that's not saying much when there's three rooms, an attic, and 5 more saddles left at home...


      • #4
        One of my bits still has dried slobber/grass from a horse that died in 2005. I have a bag full of brushes with cat hair dating as far back as 1983.

        I don't understand what your problem is
        I'm not arguing, I'm just explaining why I'm right
        Violence doesn't end violence. It extends it. Break the cycle.


        • #5
          I am in the same boat!
          I have a saddle,it was the first one I bought with my own money.It carried me over quite a few X-country courses and I love it.So did the mice!It was pretty chewed up along one front flap and one panel.I can't throw it away.It will cost a mint to repair and I will probably never ride in it again : (
          Oh well....for me it either the memories or the possibilities that I will use it or need it in the future.When I buy that perfect horse and attain my ideal weight.lol
          I am making slow progress.I found 4 bits and a pair of reins that I will be taking to a second hand tack shop next week.
          I don't know about you but,I need a 12 step program.
          Thank God I don't collect PONIES!
          Equine Art capturing the essence of the grace,strength, and beauty of the Sport Horse."


          • #6
            In stead of throwing it out, maybe donate it in memory of the horses you remember. It would be a good tribute to them and give you the warm fuzzies, instead of regret/loss/sadness, when you know that you did good for horses/people who could use it.

            I know you said some of it is in poor condition, but rescues appreciate anything (maybe they can use old blankets for repairs???), and I'm sure much of it is more useable than you think. Even if they end up throwing it out, at least you didn't have to be the one to do it.


            • #7
              I'm the same, just threw 5 standing martingales of lesser quality up in the rubbermaid tack container in my hay loft. I'm amazed when I go up there what I have forgotten about. I always have in the back of my mind, what if I need that someday. I did part with a 14" saddle that was growing mold to the lady that bought one of my ponies. I sold it for $25 w/ safety stirrups and leathers. I had to tell myself repeatedly I did not use it, therefore I do not need it.

              Facebook: Hilltop Farm VA


              • #8
                Maybe instead of keeping all the tack you associate with past horses, you could keep one piece per horse. Perhaps you could make a shadowbox or something with one of the bits and use it as a memorial for that particular horse.

                Easy for me to say as I am sitting on a collection of countless bridles, etc. I did sell all my western tack, so I guess there is hope for me.

                Some odd leather pieces and blanket hardware I keep for repairs.

                If I force myself to clean ALL of my tack at regular intervals, it is easier to get rid of the stuff that I no longer use!!


                • #9
                  I throw things out which are beyond repair and then funnily I find them in the back of my husband's pick up truck. The other day he took the worn out EasyWalker horse shoe (plastic) and put it in his truck bed. I'm not sure why.

                  He doesn't have a good answer for having the shoe or the broken old leather halter that was unfixable.
                  Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN


                  • Original Poster

                    Well, I like cleaning tack and can sit out there with a beer or glass of wine and happily soap it all up. I am talking 25 headstalls and rein sets for one person. All bitted up...

                    But what if I buy a cob size horse??? Better keep those headstalls...

                    Even broken pieces of tack start me thinking of how it broke, that weekend ride, the old folks I used to ride with and I fantasize that I will be able to use this little strap of leather for some fix....

                    I have a million brushes .....GAH! I wish there was a show like Queer Eye or what not to wear that would show up on my doorstep some day. I bet we would all rather watch a show like that more than a majikal horse trainer show!

                    I am like a crazy cat lady, just sub tack for cats! I have mecates that have not been used in 25 years, old clippers,

                    BUT I MIGHT NEED IT SOME DAY !!!!!


                    • #11
                      You tack hoarder, you...perhaps an intervention is in order?

                      I have a bunch of old bits, some have me wondering why I ever bought them AND used them in the first place. Fleece girths still hanging on the tack room wall, which are such chaff collectors you couldn't pay me to use them anymore. Odd bits of leather straps and buckles that I never know when I might just need...although, I haven't needed them in 15 years. Oh, and the ancient headstall with the aluminum mullen mouth bit MIGHT just be worth something...some day. I did toss out a canvas rug last year...only because it was ripped to shreds after numerous mending.

                      It's hard letting go...
                      Is it me or do 99.9% of cowboys just look better with their hats on?


                      • #12
                        I find if I get rid of old tack, or throw it out, I will need it! Then I have to buy or aquire another replacement, so I end up with the same amount of tack I started with. It's just a vicious cycle with some "Murphy's Law"!


                        • #13
                          It's called the Packrat Gene, and about half of us have it. Put on your big-girl panties, suck it up, and deal with it!

                          And be thankful you don't have more hobbies. Between the old tack and old radios, this place is getting a little crowded!

                          I did manage to trim things down a bit last year by donating a lot of "stuff" to the local Pony Club auction. I was surprised how much some of the bids were.
                          The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
                          Winston Churchill


                          • Original Poster


                            just got back in from the barn. I threw away 2 halters with broken buckles (circa 1980) and 2 broken Oster A5 10 blades.

                            Baby Steps.....Baby Steps......


                            • #15
                              This Exactly !

                              Originally posted by Shine View Post
                              I find if I get rid of old tack, or throw it out, I will need it! Then I have to buy or aquire another replacement, so I end up with the same amount of tack I started with. It's just a vicious cycle with some "Murphy's Law"!
                              This !
                              Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                              • #16
                                I'm going to box up a bunch and donate it to a rescue. I keep saying that. ...... I'll clean it first. But I don't want to clean it until I get a warm sunny day. Will it ever happen? Baby steps.
                                Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans


                                • #17
                                  Packrat here! It takes a gallant effort on my part to "get tough" and toss it out. The reward is a tidy and clean tack room.

                                  Now, if I could just find time to go through all my crap again and "get tough" on myself. . . *big sigh*
                                  There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                                  • #18
                                    One solution to this is to move across the country. You find out how much sentimental value stuff really has when it costs $x per pound to move it.
                                    ... and Patrick


                                    • #19
                                      ...but but but... I can't part with my daughter's first leather saddle!!! Or my dearly departed arabian's old halter. I basically can't part with anything. I'm still steamed over LOANING out my daughter's REAL first saddle, a little Wintec lead liner, to a "friend" who never returned it. It was a real memento, dang it. yah, so what if she's 15 and 5'9" now.... haha


                                      • #20
                                        A couple of things that have helped us from our clutter/packrat gene

                                        1. We started Freecycling stuff from my Dad's estate and then moved on to ours. It is so addictive and liberating to clear out clutter that we are now having to restrain ourselves from Freecycling things we still need. Oddly there hasn't been much of anything we've moved along that has been needed later. It also solves the "it's too good to throw away and nobody's buying on ebay.

                                        2. Tack is not really a freecyclable so we tend to donate it to a good cause or do a tack swap for a good cause. This also make you feel good about what you are doing and makes parting with stuff easier.

                                        3. Shortly after our old guys passed on and the new draft Xs joined the family, we realized there was pretty much nothing that was going to be useable on the new horses. Then we lost much of our equipment for the new guys in a barn fire along with one of the horses and discovered the ultimate truth... stuff is just not that important vs lives. Got rid of much of the small stuff then to help replace the bigger stuff.

                                        4. After watching too many people buying and buying until they really didn't know what they had, we developed a new rule for ourselves. Can't buy anything new without disposing of the old. You have to use up that shampoo, poultice, bug spray or whatever before you can buy the newer, better, gotta have it product. Same with brushes, pads, etc. Sounded harsh - what, no impulse buys? but really cuts down on the half filled bottles of stuff you will never use up and brushes that are either fine, or are beyond help and need to have a decent burial.

                                        Good luck.