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1) Always keep in mind--the reason said person is a tack ho is because they care about equipment a lot more than you do.
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1) ASK FIRST.
I considered leaving this off because it's so fundamental, but plain and simple: do not use someone's stuff without their express permission. Just because it's in the tack room does not mean it goes on every horse in the barn. Or your horse, ever.
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Say you have a horse that likes to over react to certain stimuli and sometimes bolts or pulls back or gets loose or does other things potentially endangering to tack.
Yes, maybe someone else's piece of equipment would fix your problem--on the other hand, maybe you'll just ruin their equipment. On their dime.
That's not cool. That segues into the next point:
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The reason a Tack Ho has something that you don't is because said Ho laid out their own hard earned money for it because they care about equipment (see #1). If you put it on Pookiekins and Pookiekins has a complete psychotic break and the bridle gets rubbed into the fence or the boot get torn or anything else that keeps the borrowed item from being in the exact same condition you borrowed it in, it's yours.
In the sense that you either give the Ho the purchase price of the borrowed equipment or you buy them a new one. Their preference. And yes, that means you have to tell them.
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Don't do a full cleaning and conditioning unless you know that you know that you know exactly how said Ho does their own cleaning on that particular piece (believe you me, it varies from piece to piece how I maintain something). It's beyond tacky to borrow something clean and return it dirty. It's also unacceptable to borrow something new and strip the color out of it or darken it without permission.
If you're not sure here, ASK.
5) Do not include negative comments about said Ho's tack when returning it.
This one boggles my mind. I wouldn't include it, but it keeps coming up. (If you're off the borrowing list, this is very likely why, unless it's something more obvious like #2).
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NO. YOU ARE OFF THE LIST.
If it wasn't bought for Pookiekins (hint: it wasn't), there is no reason it should fit him/her. If it doesn't work for you, that's fine. If the Ho who loaned you something wanted your feedback, they would ask for it.
Again, see the first #1. Tack Hos care more than you. If you're attacking their stuff, you don't understand the privilege it was to borrow it in the first place.
I think that about covers it. Anyone else have loaner problems out there?