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by Cynthia Foley - May 11, 2011
Like most people, We've accumulated a good deal of spare tack. it's there in case we need it, but mostly we don't. I want to preserve it, though, so twice a year I clean and condition/oil everything.
This year, I had just finished oiling one of the brown bridles (all my everyday tack is currently black), and it was hanging on a hook in the barn aisle, waiting to go back into the tack room.? My mom came into the barn and asked where I had gotten such a gorgeous bridle. I said I no longer remembered, it was some horse's at some point, but it's just a spare now.
?Do you have others'? she asked.
?Yes, several. Why'?
?Well,? she said rather shyly, ?I would love to have it.?
I'm sure shock registered on my face. ?But you don't ride anymore.?
?My friend has one in her house as a decoration, and I loved it. And, it's not nearly as pretty as this one.?
So, I put a nice-looking bit on it and gave it to her. it's now on a door knob in her house and apparently quite a conversation piece.
That got me thinking. When we bought Sally about nine years ago, my husband gave me a beautiful dark brown leather halter with her nameplate on it. It was gorgeous. Show quality . . . too good to risk damage . . . and it's hung in the tack room ever since, except for being cleaned and oiled twice a year. Until last week.
That gorgeous halter is now on Sally, her nylon halter on the ?spare? hook instead. She looks like a million bucks in it, and it makes me smile. I know that eventually she?ll scratch the nameplate, and the leather will get a few digs and dings, but I'm enjoying it a lot more than I did when it was hanging on a hook in the tack room.
Cynthia Foley is the Editor-in-Chief of Horse Journal, which focuses on real-life horse-product field trials with buying advice and recommendations. An experienced horsewoman, writer and editor, she competed successfully in the hunter/jumper divisions for many years and, after completing college, moved to Kentucky where she learned the Thoroughbred racing industry, including several years as assistant manager at a major rehabilitation and training clinic outside of Lexington. When she and her husband moved to Virginia’s Hunt Country, she secured a position at The Chronicle of the Horse, where she worked as assistant editor. She is an avid dressage rider.
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