Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I can definitely see the advantages. Where I used to board it was always a bit of a hassle bringing the tack from the tackroom to the stable. Now I know that sounds lazy, but when people have their horses tied up in the aisle and you're carrying a heavy saddles, while dodging behind horses and around other people moving it really does become a hassle.
A big problem for me with that design is the door. I think if it was a swinging door it would be very impractical. Instead I would insert maybe a roller door, like in a car garage. A slide would have nowhere to go, but with the roller you could just roll it right up, then pull it down when you're finished. It also has the benefit of not being a mechanism a horse could figure out.
While you would definitely want decent sized stalls, I find the corners of stalls aren't often used that much. When I used to stable I'd find the sawdust would bank up in the corners and the horse would never ever stand there. I don't think you would lose too much practical space with this set up.
Theoretically, I prefer the idea of a tack room in the aisle in front of the stall, but in practice, I don't think it would work so well. It's another thing that can be damaged or kicked, and people would be more inclined I think to try and steal from one in an aisle than one in the stall.
An interesting idea I think would be to build a set up tack rooms in mind and build like a tiny room between stalls, that you could access from the stall but wasn't sticking out.
I think tacking up in a stall would be fine provided it was large enough, and you had adequate space to tie up/cross tie.