The upcoming school year got off to a rocky start for three Tarleton State University students who had their trailer and a slew of horse tack stolen just hours after moving into a house on Lingleville Highway.

Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said dispatch received a call about 9:30 p.m. Saturday from the women who were settling in for the new semester.

"These students had lived at this same residence last year and were moving back in after the summer break," Bryant said.

The students had apparently finished unloading their belongings from the trailer into the house and parked the trailer next to a storage building that contained horse tack.

The students left shortly after 8 p.m. to have dinner, and when they returned an hour and a half later, the trailer and the horse tack were gone.

"We believe someone was watching them," Bryant said.

Nothing was taken from inside the house, but a slew of horse-related items were stolen from the shed.

Among the items stolen include a Dick Pieper reining saddle, nine leather bridles, five sets of reins, two of which have silver studs, four wool saddle pads, grooming supplies and three sets of Professional Choice splint boots.

The 1998 trailer is tan with license plate CZRS43.

Anyone with information about the case in encouraged to call the sheriff's office at 254-965-3338.

"This is not how we welcome Tarleton students or anyone else to Erath County," Bryant said.