Saturday, 15 November 2014

Hoarding

I ended up tackling one of my `to do list`items yesterday. which was to clean out the basement and advertise all the tack I don`t need! Let me just say, G and I live in a house which is far too large for us, which is an entirely dangerous thing when you have a hobby like mine! It's super easy to just hang on to everything horse related. So long as it's all stored neatly out of sight it's easy to forget about.
I wont traumatize you with pics of my messy basement, here's happy Bridget pony from yesterday instead.

Thank goodness Sprinkler Bandit`s post yesterday excluded my saddle pad collection from tack ho status. But the relief was only temporary, since all the discovered bridles, 'extra' saddles, halters, blankets, even sets of brushes definitely push me squarely into Hoarderville. I also have two pairs of tall boots I have no recollection of buying and that would never fit me. So weird :)
Ginny striking a pose

The quest began in an effort to find a bridle for Ginger. I discovered I own about 6 lovely horse size bridles and none of them properly fit either of the girls. Bridget is a cob size, and Ginger`s fat head now needs a warmblood or oversize bridle. For Ginger, I`ve been making do with an old ugly giant bling browband I found in my tack box, and a friend`s old (black) dressage bridle. It`s sort of ghetto. Bridget just fits Lainey`s old show bridle done up to the last holes. GM wouldn`t approve, but honestly, all that extra leather hanging off the keepers IS really annoying.  Blankets, ditto they're mostly 'normal' horse sized and I have two horses that are anything but normal ;)
Ginger's fat head as compared to an actual warmblood. These two are best friends, although it's slightly concerning Ms Warmblood is in heat and pretty sure Ginger is a stallion.

I think the tack collection evolved over the years partly due to the variety of horses I've owned. For example, Lainey had a nice new saddle, which 'needed' a matching girth, and of course then a matching bridle and some boots...and sadly TB size does not fit Welsh Cobs, so into the basement it went, just in case another TB type enters my life, because of course I'd never be able to sell nearly new stuff for anywhere near what I paid.  My little QH rescue and the one before him had a bunch of western tack, and while I will use the saddle now and then on Ginger, the bridles and multiple saddle pads are just sitting. I also own multiple pairs of breeches and a couple of show coats that are now way too big. NO WAY am I keeping those 'just in case' lol.
More treat face. I knew it was a stupid idea.

Where's Bridget? Oh yeah, still obsessed with the treat I gave her the day before and now my literal shadow.


Really long story short - I'm selling all the stuff I don't need and using some of the proceeds to buy nice stuff (that fits!) both me and the girls. They're both here to stay and there's no reason they need to use less than adequate hand me downs.
Ginger has dapples still :)
Happy weekend, everyone. The sun is shining again and I'm heading out for a ride!

9 comments:

  1. Looking forward to seeing your sale stuff ... and hoping any tall boots you are selling are size 7, wide calf ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Size 7 wide calf is the size I need too :)

      Delete
  2. omg - love that pic of your 'shadow' lol :) and yes - very interested to see the stuff you're planning to sell

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. She's so funny! I have a bunch of local people trying stuff out, but will post the remainders in a week or two :)

      Delete
  3. Wow sunshine, I'd forgotten how nice that makes everything!!!
    I LOVE the shadow pic & caption, I laughed so hard at that.
    I avoid going down to my parents basement for that very reason lolz!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We don't get a lot of sunshine in the winter, so the past few days have been a real treat! Both ponies are notoriously difficult to get nice pictures of - they're both either right in your face or acting as big shadows!

      Delete
  4. Great pics! Congrats on the cleaning out! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! It feels so nice to have it all organized :)

      Delete
  5. I need to get more serious about selling my extra stuff too. It's just so much work! Haha

    ReplyDelete