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    04-24-2012, 01:12 AM
storing rugs

Ok guys I'm completely at a loss how to store our rugs that actually works! We have approximately 25 horses running a riding school and agisting.

The last system we had was a wardrobe. We had hangers made with a piece of pipe or hose threaded through with wire and arranged in size blocks with private rugs off to the side. The problem was these hangers were rather fiddley and got quite difficult to hang with a large combo on them. Therefore it was frustrating to hang rugs up so they weren't put away.

We'd toyed with the idea of storing rugs in the off season so there were less hanging but need a way to keep whereever we store mouse proof.

We have access to a shipping container but don't think that will be mouseproof.

Each horse probably has about 4 rugs give or take plus neck rugs, stable rugs, out of use rugs. We'd have easily 150 rugs.

Can anyone share methods they've used?
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    04-24-2012, 02:16 AM
Stack 'em on shelves, put them in rubbermaids, buy a good hanging rod for blankets.. Maybe rubbermaids for the off season blankets and a good commmericial hanging rod for the blankets currently using like:
Easy-Up® 24" Swing Arm Rods in Horse Blanket / Cooler Racks at Schneider Saddlery
European Horse Clothing Rack | Dover Saddlery

OR you can make your own by getting narrow 2.5 foot long poles and drilling them into a wall..
    04-24-2012, 02:39 AM
Shelves are far from mouse proof the tubs are a good idea although I think buying enough would get costly. Currently we've got 3 shavings bags (the big ones) full of out of use rugs plus another big bag of repairs out!
    04-24-2012, 08:01 AM
I store my off season ones in a trunk I have as nightstand, they are in vaccum bags so they don't take up much room, or they are hanging on something like caseymyhorserocks put up when in season.
    04-24-2012, 08:21 AM
Green Broke
I use those bags where you suck the air out of and it shrinks down! I tried the XL cube and fit 2 QH heavy rugs into one.
    04-24-2012, 01:50 PM
The vacuum bags sound like a great idea!!!! It may be a little time consuming getting them all in there but it would be so worth it - mouse proof and space efficient! Probably cheaper than rubbermaids too. I'm definitely going to be doing that this year!
    04-25-2012, 01:34 AM
What they said ^^^ and also Ziploc makes huge bags you can store them in. Storage Solutions: Ziploc® Brand Big Bags That's what mine are in. Its simple - just wash them, waterproof them if they need it, and sit on the bag to get the air out and it helps make them way more stackable with taking way less room up. Make sure you use blanket safe detergent if you wash yourself!!!
    04-25-2012, 04:58 AM
Oooo I like the big ziplocks!
    04-25-2012, 11:29 AM
I just went and checked - So in an XL size Ziploc from the above link (that I have been re-using for about 4 years given only washed blankets go in it) I have my 2 mini pony sheets, and my Quarter horse's cooler, sheet, and medium. It all fits in one bag, perhaps due to my anal retentive folding :) I hope this helps. I used to keep them in tack trunks as the barn they were at each allowed one per stall - but they took up so much room in the aisle, and were obviously not air tight. The vacuum and ziploc bags are less conventional but are air tight and take up like 1/10 of the space, and I haven't had any issues with mice getting in to them, although it would be possible. If you have that many blankets, I wish you God speed!! LOL
    05-03-2012, 12:27 PM
I like the idea of the vacuum bags! Isn't it peppermint that is supposed to deter mice? How rocking would it be to pull them out for winter, and them still be minty fresh!!
Must google the mint idea.

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