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HI Spy: Favorite Things

Do you have one special piece of tack or horse equipment that you really love?


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Pragmatic horse people might stick to the bare basics when it comes to tack and barn gear. All you really need is a functioning saddle, bridle, a few buckets and brushes and you have a full kit. But where’s the fun in that?

Look at your tack box (or the spare closet in your house, the backseat of your car, or wherever you store your gear.) You probably have a special piece of tack or barn equipment that you would never give up, whether it’s for sentimental reasons or otherwise. Do you have unique argyle polo wraps? A bright pink saddle blanket that reminds you of your first barrel race? A curb bit that you might never use, but you hang on to because it belonged to your cowgirl great-grandmother?

Of course, your favorite thing in the barn is your horse. But what comes in second? Click “Submit a Comment” below and tell us about your treasure. Some of the answers may be selected to be published in a future issue of Horse Illustrated.

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Ariana    Columbus, OH

8/6/2013 5:05:56 PM

My favorite piece of equipment is my show shirt. It has been worn my all the kids at my barn and has a verrrry lucky collar. I wore it at my first show and got champion!

Elle    Phoenix, AZ

6/29/2013 10:07:28 AM

I will never get rid of my gloves. I got them when I first started riding at 6 years old. I'm not 13, and they are still in good shape. After we bought the gloves, I remember wearing them non-stop because I felt like a real horse-person. I love my gloves, and I'll never throw them away. Even when I can't wear them anymore, I'm keeping them!

Erin    Wadsworth, OH

6/25/2013 6:02:06 AM

My saddle. It's my first saddle ever. My dad suprised me at the barn, I used "another girl's saddle for one horse" and it turned out to be my late Christmas present. I really love it, because it is sooo comfortable (it was used).

Jill    Venice, FL

11/11/2012 5:35:59 PM

I have a one eared headstall that I bought in the early 80's. It was handmade by an Amish lady who made horse tack. It proves the point that good quality tack will last forever!

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