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post #1 of 29 Old 07-28-2011, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Tack Room Ideas?

I am re-doing my tack room! And I am wonder what do you have in your tack room that you love/like?

Things like a whip holder, or having lots of bridle holders.

The ~ are where I am having a wooden desk along the whole back wall, the 0 is where the hose holder and the o is where the water tap is (the hose is attached to it) The blank spot is where the door is.

l.............................l "......." are just there because blank spaces wouldn't make it stay put like I wanted it to.
l.............................l Just pretend it is the floor :)

Any Ideas?? I am thinking of what color to paint it as well! What color do you think would look nice in a tack room?

Show any pictures or your tack rooms too!

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post #2 of 29 Old 07-28-2011, 10:30 PM
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What size is the room?
I've not been at a place with a tack room in years, what I miss most is a floor, and a ceiling, and 4 walls.

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post #3 of 29 Old 07-28-2011, 10:39 PM
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I'm finally having a tack room put in; I'll be excited to hear some ideas from you guys. One thing I know for sure that I'm going to have are lots of wall-mount saddle racks.
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post #4 of 29 Old 07-29-2011, 01:26 PM
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I have lots of shelves and a cabinet in my tack room to keep medicine, shampoo/conditioner, etc. I use every bit of that space, too!

Also, I would make sure to have lots of bridle racks because you will use them more than just for bridles!

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post #5 of 29 Old 07-29-2011, 01:29 PM
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How do you store saddle blankets?
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if your tack room is all indoors with no windows, go for a light color on the walls. White is harder to keep clean, but will bring in light. You can also try light shades of your fav. color or the barn color. It's really annoying to have a dark tack room, so be sure to bring in as much light as possible, but not too much natural light. Too much natural light will discolor things after a while. Maybe see what lighting options you have... put in some overhead lamps.

I also like:
blanket hooks
saddle racks on wall as well as at least one free-standing rack
LOTS of hooks for bridles/halters/martingales/breastplates, etc.
Saddle pad racks...useful for those sweaty saddle pads (i never like stacking wet pads)
medicine cabinet/ closed off area for medicine... don't want cats/dogs/little kids getting into that
stool (if you are short)
if you have multiple horses get grooming boxes for each one
wire-boxes for polos and boots
labels for what goes where/what horse's stuff goes where

try to keep things off the floor, try to plan so that cleaning/sweeping will be easy. Try not to have dark corners, make sure everything is visible. Maybe add some security measures like bars on windows or a lock if you think it's necessary.

always remember the broom... and DON'T carpet the floor! a smooth surface is the best, carpets collect dirt and stay wet longer.

hope this helps =)
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post #7 of 29 Old 07-29-2011, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by equiniphile View Post
How do you store saddle blankets?
you can build a rack, sorta like a table, but with bars where the table-top goes

top view:


you can hang the saddle pads on the bars and it'll dry out. You will be able to see all the pads at the same time and they won't be stacked on top of each other. This method takes up some space, but it keeps everything nice and organized. You can also buy or build single bars... imagine almost like a hand-rail, and attach it to your wall and hand the saddle pad on there. depending on how many you have, you can go with what works best.
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post #8 of 29 Old 07-29-2011, 05:32 PM
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I have my saddle blankets stacked on a spare portable saddle rack. When they are sweaty I leave them hanging over the stall doors to dry, and them put them away later. Lots of racks, hooks, shelves. Being organized is well worth it when you need something. I used to have an old cooler with a snap lock to keep all my medications and topicals in, but now I have a nice wire cage with shelves that locks, and stores all that stuff plus all my winter blankets and pillow wraps, to protect them from the mice.

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post #9 of 29 Old 07-29-2011, 05:44 PM
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This was my fancy tack room.cowgirl room.jpg
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post #10 of 29 Old 07-29-2011, 06:12 PM
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This is my tack/feed room. We took out the top cabinets in our kitchen so darling hubby nailed them to the wall in the barn and built me the bench underneath.

What I love, love, love! is that bridle rack you can see towards the upper right side. It sticks out from the wall and spins.

Since this pic I've gotten another saddle rack to store my english saddle rather than dumping it on top of my husbands western saddle.
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