In all but one, the boarding barns where I’ve kept my horses had locks on the tack rooms. Most of these were woefully insufficient to deter a determined thief, but at least the owners tried. Over the years, I’ve thought a lot about how best to secure tack, and short of installing a bank vault I can’t come up with anything better than having owners take their stuff home with them every day.
That’s not a workable option.
It’s too late for the things that were lost at grey Gables Farm near Staunton, Va earlier this week, but I’d love to hear solutions for securing tack and valuables.
Given the current state of the economy and the easy, profitable traffic in used tack, everyone might benefit from taking a look at their security measures.
From Nicole Frazer of Grey Gables Farm:
Sometime after dark on Friday, May 8 our tack room was burglarized. A total of over $20,000 worth of tack and equipment was taken. We are completely at a loss, both professionally and emotionally, and are asking the equine community to be on the lookout for anyone attempting to sell used tack without proper identification. A brief listing of the stolen articles are:
18 1/2″ County Saddle with nameplate “Greg Faust”
17 1/2″ Isabella Wintec dressage saddle with the “medium-wide” tree
17″ Pessoa A/O
16 1/2″ Crosby Prix des Nations
16″ Collegiate with nameplate “Eric Faust”
13″ Collegiate with nameplate
A variety of bridles, some with nametags “Harry Potter” and “Mud Puddle”
Girths–all labled in permanent marker with their size and “GG” or “NF”
A Charles Owen “Hampton” helmet size 7 1/8
Several pairs of half-chaps–Ariat and Treadstep
In addition to this brief list an assortment of blankets, sheets, halters, wraps, boots, polos, paddock boots, gloves, spurs etc. were also stolen. Everything is in good condition but will show obvious signs of use. If you have any information or suspicions at all please contact us at 540-887-8440 and ask for Nicole. Also, please pass this post around to your friends and spread the word to anyone in the Central Shenandoah Valley to keep a close eye on their own equipment. Hopefully, the theives will be caught and we will all be able to breathe a little easier.
Nicole Frazer and the rest of the Grey Gables family
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