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post #1 of 5 Old 05-25-2014, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Solutions for lack of a tack room?

I have moved my horse to a lovely private boarding barn. The owner wants to add a tack storage area. He doesn't really have space to build a room for it. What have you done or what do you recommend for saddle and grooming box storage? A yard barn? Home made stacking tack chests? He has built things for years including the barn so he could basically make whatever he thought was a good idea.

Thoughts and ideas greatly welcome.
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-25-2014, 12:53 AM
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One barn I boarded at had regular (wood) garden sheds for tack rooms. They were lockable from the outside and when the owners were on-property, they were locked. If the owners weren't home, a neighbor had the key and knew what all the boarders looked like.

At my current barn, we have one tack room that is seriously overcrowded, so the BO is completely ok with you bringing in or making your own shed for your tack. Her husband built one that is four feet deep by three feet wide by five feet tall. It's big enough to hang three saddles (stacked one above another) and there are bridle hooks on the door.
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-25-2014, 07:15 AM
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Depending upon how many boarders this barn has would depend upon how big an area needed for tack trunks and saddle storage.
I have also used a separate building/shed for keeping my things in at some barns.
It was one of those shed kits but this one was made really well with heavier floor, large windows and a double swing open door so getting in or out with a tack locker was easier.
Every boarder had a saddle rack and bridle hook next to it. Underneath it had space for a "realistic" sized tack trunk.
Those behemoth things weren't permitted nor was just dumping all your horse collection of stuff allowed. It had to be neatly stored and the out of season blankets went home, period!
Any idea how much "stuff" some people have?

Blankets/sheets for the season we were in allowed...say a cooler in addition to the blankets on your horse. You weren't though leaving a mountain of mess nor taking up more room and crowding another.
Every stall had a blanket rack, a good sized one, to hold those super bulky winter blankets on front. So there was plenty of "space" for horse comfort necessities without the clutter and mess so many places end up with.

The one barn I was at actually had a fold down saddle rack at each stall, when in use fine it was up but it better be put down and nothing left on it when you weren't at the barn, that was a convenience to place the saddle while cleaning before or after the ride otherwise put it away where it belonged and was safe.

Any storage area with tack in it needs to be secured by padlock. Whether it is with boarders having a key, or combination lock, or barn workers opening and securing the thing needs safe-keeping.
That said, leaving your equipment someplace is always a risk... make sure it is covered for theft by a insurance policy {homeowners}...not all barns have a policy that covers privately owned "things"....
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-25-2014, 04:19 PM
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The tack room where I board was seriously over crowded. I asked the BO if I could build a small shed for my personally use. It was, so I bought a Rubbermaid garden shed that I believe is 4x6 and tall enough for a three tiered saddle rack. I have a used chest of drawers in there and I made shelves from cinder blocks and boards. Works perfect!

If I leave that barn, they are easy to dismantle and take along with you.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-28-2014, 01:32 AM
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At a local boarding barn, they use plastic gardening sheds. They can be locked and don't look all that nice, but they work!

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