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    11-13-2011, 09:05 AM
  #21
Banned
See, I was assuming that with this set up you would cross tie in your stall.

I tried to enforce that at a boarding barn once. I got so frustrated with broken cross ties (that "nobody" had broken), a dirty barn aisle, never being able to walk or take equipment down the aisle, etc., that I took all the ties in the aisle down and rigged sets in each stall. The wash stall was still available if you wanted to apply hoof dressing or do something you couldn't in a bedded stall.
I also had several sets of outdoor crossties.

It only sort of worked. When boarders broke the set of ties in their own stall, they tied to the stall fronts, so then I had broken grates in the stall fronts.

Or they'd be in hurry, bring the horse in and tie in the aisle to a stall front, which is even more dangerous than cross tying, because anyone navigating the aisle has to walk directly behind the tied horse's butt.

So if a tack locker in or in front of the individual horse's stall actually made it more convenient for someone to tack up in the stall, I could really see it working.
     
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    11-13-2011, 06:08 PM
  #22
THN
Foal
I'd put a tack locker at the front of each stall with the door of the locker into the aisle. Tie the horse however and wherever you want but I think a huge amount of the problems would be gone with this configuration. I hate tack rooms. It is like the drama capital of the barn. A BO that I know used to add in $10 on the board for cleanup. It was not a stated charge it was just lumped in with the regular boarding fee. If a boarder was good about cleaning up after themselves she would give a $10 discount. People thought she was the nicest BO ever and didn't know she was charging for sloppiness. She had a few other "discounts" like that so that the considerate boarders were rewarded. Nobody felt nickle and dimed and she didn't run around yelling at people. She was almost always at the barn so she knew who was a slob and who wasn't. Everyone likes a good discount especially when they aren't expecting it.
     
    11-13-2011, 07:02 PM
  #23
Foal
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Originally Posted by THN    
I'd put a tack locker at the front of each stall with the door of the locker into the aisle. Tie the horse however and wherever you want but I think a huge amount of the problems would be gone with this configuration. I hate tack rooms. It is like the drama capital of the barn. A BO that I know used to add in $10 on the board for cleanup. It was not a stated charge it was just lumped in with the regular boarding fee. If a boarder was good about cleaning up after themselves she would give a $10 discount. People thought she was the nicest BO ever and didn't know she was charging for sloppiness. She had a few other "discounts" like that so that the considerate boarders were rewarded. Nobody felt nickle and dimed and she didn't run around yelling at people. She was almost always at the barn so she knew who was a slob and who wasn't. Everyone likes a good discount especially when they aren't expecting it.
This is the exact set up we had with the tack stalls and it worked like a charm. Each horse had their own stall with their own locker and you could lock it. LOVED it.
     
    11-14-2011, 09:59 AM
  #24
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by MicKey73    
Actually, it makes good use of the normally dead space in the corner.
Not dead space at all. I have several very neat horses that back into the corner to make their deposits. I rather like that they do that.
     
    11-14-2011, 12:14 PM
  #25
Weanling
^^ I wish my horse did that. Think yours could teach mine? It's definitely dead space in Mick's stall. He'd much rather put his poo right in the middle of the stall so he can get it all over his white socks and in his mane...
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    11-14-2011, 12:37 PM
  #26
Green Broke
My horse is Warmblood/thoroughbred...
But she's in a 12x12 stall and there would be plenty of room to open a huge door while she's in there... So as long as that stalls were 12x12 or over (bigger the better) then I can see it working great. I wouldn't close the stall door with me in the stall, that's just one of my quirks, I hate closing stall doors when I'm in the stall with the horse, but I would either tie the horse up or get one of those things people usually use at shows that you hook to both sides of the stall, and its like a piece of fabric, or I've seen them as chains or whatever so the horse can look out the stall.

I wish my barn got these!
     
    11-14-2011, 04:04 PM
  #27
Green Broke
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.
     
    10-16-2012, 11:16 AM
  #28
Foal
So I realize this is a VERY OLD thread, but wanted to say that I have used this system - loved it! And was very disappointed when I moved to a different part of the country and I had to share a tack room. I had a 15.2 morgan type in a 12X12 stall. Never tied in the stall, she ground tied - a very handy skill. The tack locker was in the corner; it was 4X4X6' tall and the door opened toward the wall. I could keep everything I wanted in there: grain buckets, saddles, bridles, leg wraps etc. I could lock it and my horse never had a problem dealing it, never got cast and could careless about the swinging door. I do think I like the corner style better than the cube style I had.
I am seriously considering putting them in my current run-ins since I don't have a fancy barn with tack room
Just my two cents...
     

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