Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I like the idea of one horse, one saddle, one bridle, if you can afford it. You also should organize your replacement pieces bc you never know when you'll need them quickly.
When I gave my lessons (1985-1994) I would use the same saddle on different horses. I was constantly bleaching English pads and string girths, so I wasn't worried about spreading any skin problems, and I always aired my Western pads, and cleaned my bits after use. My mission, if you wish, was that I would give my students every skill to have their own horse in the future, therefore tacking up was part of each lesson. I was very fussy about adjustments--students would sometimes have to start over if it wasn't right. I taught English Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Hunt Seat, Basic Dressage and Military, and had to have enough of each saddle/bridle combination to fit a class of up to 5. (All horses belonged to me.) I would have my English/Hunter students check their leathers for length. If they were stretching unevenly, they would switch them while mounted. Every student was expected to check pads to make sure that they had not been dropped on the ground/floor and picked up anything that would irritate the horse's back. All equipment was expected to be put away back where my students had retrieved it. (Can't tell you how often I have seen a saddle at some places put down in a perfect place for a horse to trash it.) These practices helped me with my work load.
Recently I saw a ginormous tack room at a nearly Arab show/lesson stable, complete with a bit warmer. The owner had her saddles/padding down to a science--VERY organized, and worth the time to set up.
I am currently organizing my now private, tack room. I still own a lot of lesson equipment, but, sadly, I only kept one English saddle from my lesson program (although I did purchase 3 more a couple of years ago.) I like to store my saddles with the English saddle pad on top, clean, and the clean girth on top of that, so they're ready to go. I store my Western saddles without a pad, but all of my Western pads are stored in the room next door, on a shelf. I hang ALL of my pleasure bridles in the tack room on the opposite wall, and our Military equipment is stored in the barn's old garage. (We have a seperate 4-car garage and don't need to put a car in there now.) I also own 7 foldable saddle racks, which DH, DD's and my new high-school help, who both came to me lesson-trained (yahoo!!) use to place saddles immediately before/after we ride.
Last edited by Corporal; 09-21-2011 at 04:28 PM.