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post #1 of 5 Old 08-22-2011, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hanging bridles in a tack trunk?

I apologize for the potentially dumb question, but... does anyone have photos of how they hang bridles in a tack trunk?

My mom has this ancient trunk that she might be willing to part with and while it should be big enough to fit my grooming kit, English A/P saddle, pads and other miscellaneous stuff, I don't know if it's tall enough to allow me to hang a bridle in it. I've been staring at it and try as I might, I just can't figure out how to make it work.

Any ideas? Should I give up on the trunk idea and just build a locker instead? Both are fine with my barn owner, provided they don't block access to other lockers or entrances/exits.

My car is tired of being a traveling tack room...
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-22-2011, 05:11 PM
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A family member built my tack box as a Christmas present.... So it's basically custom. But, it looks like a regular square tack box on the bottom, and on the side, it goes up into a "locker" type thing, where I store my bridles. It's quite handy.

Otherwise, you could always just carefully lay it across the top of everything, and then every time it's open, hang it up somewhere. Might be more difficult....
But bridles really do fold up pretty small if need be. Can be bad to the leather though if it's not well conditioned, soft and flexible. A hard leather, might not take to being stuffed in a small place to well.
A large locker might be a little more effective. You can always hang hooks or something in it for your bridles.

I'm trying to find a photo of mine to show.

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-23-2011, 01:18 AM
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google image for bridle hooks and you'll get some good ideas. Normally i prefer hanging up bridles, it keeps their shape better.As long as there is some room to attach a bridle hook i would highly suggest getting one.... the screws are generally small so the wood doesn't nee to be overly thick. You can buy these at most online tack shops or make your own. Hope this helps =)
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-23-2011, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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There's room for me to hang a bridle in the barn, but I would like to keep my stuff locked up when I'm not there. Theft isn't a problem at the barn, but all it takes is one shady character. I'm thinking it might best for me to build a tack locker instead so I can store way more junk... I mean, USEFUL STUFF... in there.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-23-2011, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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I've been puzzling over this all day and I think I've figured out a way to make a tack trunk work. I love the look of lockers, but a trunk is just so much more portable.

Question to you all: When your bridle is hung up, how "long" is the headstall with the reins removed or looped over the hanger? I was thinking I could build a slightly taller trunk and mount a few bridle hooks on the side, and add netting to the lid to hold miscellaneous things like gloves, boots and other small things. I'm thinking a trunk about 2 feet tall should allow enough hanging space for a bridle...
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