Got a call late last night that the police had found my van just a couple of miles from home. Unfortunately most of my tack was taken, though clearly the thieves didn’t know diddly squat about horse tack. They took five whips (longe, two dressage, two driving), which were essentially worthless due to age/cracking/damage, but left behind two pristine white cotton longe lines and an absolutely one-of-a-kind longeing cavesson. They took my bridle, but left behind the quilted bridle bag and the flash that belongs to the bridle.
They took ONE side rein and for some reason that really bothers me. I’d rather they’d taken both. The side reins were specially ordered for me by a good friend and handcrafted, and since I use side reins so rarely, they were in like-new condition. What the hell am I going to do with one side rein, other than be reminded the other was stolen?! They took my saddle, but left behind the saddle cover. They took two stall bandages, but not the polos. And they left behind my pail with brushes, hoof pick, shampoo, conditioner, sponge etc… Oh, and they were kind enough to leave behind my rasp, but took my helmet and riding gloves, along with my helmet bag.
My van is in rough shape. The steering column is a mess and my key wouldn’t fit in the ignition. Dead battery. And somehow they managed to put a huge dent in my right front fender. Seriously? You drove it two whole frigging miles and couldn’t do that without denting it?! Or, did your hotwire job end up short circuiting the whole vehicle, and in a fit of rage you kicked it?
The local tack shops are on notice and I’ll be spending the next while searching Craigslist and Ebay for my stuff. Who knows, maybe I’ll get lucky.