Stolen Saddles: What would you do? Where do they go?

13 May

“Hi Stacy. I know this is a long shot. But I was hoping that you would share this picture on your Facebook and help to get these saddles returned home.”-Kendra H

I received this email late last night asking for help in recovering stolen saddles…and it got me thinking. How often does this happen? Where do these saddles end up? After reading the post I was even more interested because these particular saddles are trophy saddles which should make them even easier to identify…and I would guess more difficult to hide. Have you ever had tack stolen before? Were you at home? At a show? Traveling? Looking back at the incident was there something you could have done to prevent it? What would you recommend others do? I wondered if a website existed for reporting these crimes. It looks like several have been started but my search didn’t reveal any that have been regularly maintained. I wonder if this is because a different method worked better, maybe Craigslist or the police?

Have you seen these stolen saddles?

Have you seen these stolen saddles?


Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Members Question


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8 responses to “Stolen Saddles: What would you do? Where do they go?

  1. Windy

    May 13, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I was told by a thief (she and her man stole tack for drugs) if you will put a sign up that says “this ________ is under video surveillance and I will prosecute” they would go on to the next place. We also have our drivers license number engraved as well as pictures.

  2. Dawn Meyers

    May 13, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    We had a billy cook saddle stolen from our barn. It wasn’t one that we used often so we don’t know how long it was missing before we noticed it.
    We live in a small town in Ohio where often we don’t lock our doors or take keys out of our vehicles and have never had anything stolen before.

  3. Sharon Hill

    May 13, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    My sister had her super nice full tack trunk stolen from the barn we boarded at, along with a wintec saddle. Never recovered any of it. House insurance covered it but then insurance cancelled us.

  4. Daan Koebrugge

    May 14, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Here in Europe (Belgium) it is a known problem. So people store there saddles in home or in a locked room in the barn. And the barn dog is loose at night

  5. stonepony1j

    May 14, 2015 at 7:24 am

    many years ago I had a saddle stolen from a tack room at a stable where I was keeping my horse. the person took my saddle a different person’s bridle and an other person’s saddle pad and a fourth person’s brushes. The police said “sorry, but the reality is that they are almost impossible to track and you are not going to get them back.” The think that may have prevented it would have been a lock on the entry gate that each person who had a horse there would have a key to. Or at least a lock on the tack shed that was outside the stable. No one lived on the stable grounds.

    • Heather

      May 15, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      I hate stables where nobody lives on the grounds…they are an open invitation to theft, whether horses or tack.

  6. Heather

    May 14, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I have boarded at barns where your tack was stolen. At one barn we knew it was a trainer who came in now and then, but couldn’t prove it. At another barn it turned out to be the main trainer…when anyone announced they were leaving she would steal their tack. I was on to her so when I left, I had another boarder check the trainer’s trucks and sure enough, there was my stuff. After that I got a huge trunk and locked up everything or kept it in the car. I so love having my own barn so none of this stuff happens.

  7. Lori B.

    May 21, 2015 at 9:36 am

    The question of “Where do these saddles go?” is a good one, especially in this case where the saddles are trophy saddles and are easy to spot.
    Debbie Guelly worked so hard for these saddles, it is just such a shame!
    If anyone out there would share the post about these saddles, it would be greatly appreciated I know.


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