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    09-17-2011, 06:11 AM
  #11
Foal
Lesson horses have individual baskets for brushes and boots or wraps. Bridles and girths hung under name label.
     
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    09-17-2011, 02:22 PM
  #12
Foal
At my barn at home, each horse has their own bridle, labeled on both the wall and the bridle itself with a small round tag or piece of tape wrapped around the headband.

Saddles weren't specific to the horses, nor were pads and girths. All horses were given a square pad. Horses with high withers used a wither pad, others used a white saddle pad (the kind in the shape of the saddle). The girths are organized by size.

No specific grooming supplies either. Brushes, hoofpicks, flyspray, etc. are distributed in tack boxes in the cross-ties.

At my barn at school, each horse has a number corresponding to clearly labeled bridles, saddles, grooming boxes, and boots. If a horse needs a gel pad or any other "extraneous" equipment, it is clearly labeled with their number and kept with their other tack. Their little quirks when being tacked up/ridden are also written on a piece of paper labeled with their respective numbers.
     
    09-19-2011, 08:15 AM
  #13
Banned
I like the horse's having their own grooming tools because then there is less risk of passing around things like fungus or such.
     
    09-20-2011, 06:21 PM
  #14
Foal
I volunteer at a theraputic riding program that operates almost entirely with volunteers. In the aisle, next to the tack room are 5 whiteboards. Each a different day there are lessons. There is a column for the rider's name, sidewalkers, leaders name, horse's name, style of riding(bareback or english) and saddle number. In the tack room all the saddles are labeled with a number. Besides the list in the aisle, there is another list inside the tack room with the horse's names and the saddles that fit them in order from best to not as good. Also, the girth that they use. We don't use bridles with theraputic riding(we usually use rope halters), only occasionally for the really good riders and exercise, but each horse has its own hook with its name and bridle. For girths there are the different sizes labeled like 40-42, 44-46, etc. with a hook for girths that go there. As for grooming the horses are always turned out so in one of the grooming stalls there is a spot with the horses name, halter, picture, and grooming bucket with name. Again, because this is almost entirely volunteers and some of the riders help to groom and untack, it is extremely organized for the least amount of confusion.

Hope that helps
     
    09-21-2011, 03:21 PM
  #15
Trained
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.
     
    09-23-2011, 06:34 PM
  #16
Weanling
My barn is fairly organized, I think. Each bridle hook is labeled with the horse's name, stall number, girth size, and whether they need a riser pad/boots (if they have boots, then they're described on the label and can be found in the boot bin).

School saddles all have name plated on the cantle with a number which corresponds to a list that can be found on the wall next to the saddle racks. Saddle pads are separated into square and shaped and kept on shelves. The girths are arranged by size (so we have smaller than 42", 44-46, 48-50, and 52 and bigger) and each girth is also labeled with sharpie so you know the size.

Most riders bring their own grooming supplies but if not, then there are bins of school grooming stuff that are organized at the end of each day so that each bin has all the necessary grooming tools.

On our board in the grooming area there are instructions for how to groom/tack a horse (among other things) but beginner riders generally don't tack up without the supervision of my trainer or a working student (half of my job is getting the beginner kids in the arena and on their horses). Even if they do tack up on their own, everything is checked before they mount in the arena (aka, bridle adjustments and girth tightness/saddle placement).

Tack that needs to be cleaned gets placed on a hook in the middle of the tack room for people to do before/after they ride. I clean tack almost every time I'm out there...it's generally the working kids that clean the tack because we know how to (but anyone can do it if they ask to be taught how to)

It works pretty well, I think. The kids are all taught where to put their stuff when they're done and we all try to sweep out our grooming stall each time we use it so at the end of the day, there's not as much of a mess to clean up.
     
    09-26-2011, 01:27 PM
  #17
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by juniormylove    
...it's generally the working kids that clean the tack ..e
-pretty much my view of heaven.
     
    09-26-2011, 08:20 PM
  #18
Foal
The saddles for the lesson horses all fit - they are not labeled as it depends on the size of the rider (mostly teens and tweens). They know which pads to use for their particular horse. Which is how I ended up buying my own saddle - as an adult, my posterior was, shall we say, overlarge for the smaller seated lesson saddles.
     

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