hahahaha - thank you ladies! yeah he's fantastic and is turning out to be quite horsey himself (he already has ariats, two pairs of breeches, helmet, saddle, horse, etc.) so i don't have to feel guilty about spending time at the barn or money on the horses. ;)
i have 8 bridle hangers on order so i'll put those up inside on the framing which should work out well. there were regular household hooks in our previous lockers and yes, they needed to be padded or something otherwise the bridles were getting those creases in them - no likey! i need another saddle stand though - the one we have is a three tier but the tack lockers aren't tall enough for all three. :( oh well - i still have a ton of space considering!