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History of the term "tack"

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Where did the term "tack room" come from? Why tack? Why not the saddle room? Where did tack come from?

History of the term "tack"

The word "tackle" is used in many instances to mean equipment or gear. Around 1924, the word was shortened to "tack" in order to clarify equipment only for equestrian use. Tack includes all equestrian gear, such as harnesses, bits and bridles, not just saddles. Since the tack is usually stored in an accessible room, the room came to be called the "tack room".



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