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    01-02-2012, 07:56 PM
Tack Trunk or Box?

So I was recently given a horse and decided that I need a tack trunk because all of his stuff is just laying around right now. I am a cross over trainer so having a trunk/box that holds both an English and Western Saddle would be useful but I only ride Western horse right now (have two more horses coming in during spring sale). I have two designs currently that I have been debating (they are my own so there are no pictures online at the moment) one is a standing wardrobe style and the other is a portable trunk. Both are planed to be on wheels and have two saddle slots and the portable trunk that would go in the trailer on occasion would be able to stand so the saddles went from sitting on the gullet/pommel to sitting on a wrack. I am currently on a small ranch with a butler building to keep tack in but I would probably set this up and then leave it unless I have a camp, ranch job, or competition to go to.

I was wondering who has used both styles and which do you prefer?
What have you noticed was not there that you needed or that is there and gets in the way because it is not being used?
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    01-02-2012, 08:55 PM
Years ago my hubby built me a box out of 1/2" plywood. The dimensions were 4' long by 30" wide by 30" high. The lid had a 6" lip all the way around which raised the overall height of the box. Two 1x4 boards forming a V were set in to run the length and would hold a western saddle with room to spare. Cleats ran around the inside of the box and held a tool tray. By putting the cleats all the way around I could slide it along rather than set it down outside the box. The lid had room for saddle pads or blankets held in with webbing. There was room beneath the saddle for all kinds of stuff. Stout handles were installed on the outside made of 1x4's which ran the length on the outside, better for balance and easier on the hands as the hand parts were rounded a bit and sanded smooth. A rod was installed on the bottom at one end as an axle and two lawn mower wheels were installed. Ah yes, almost forgot. A stout hasp about 8" long was installed. It took two men to lift the box into the back of a pickup so not an easy item to steal. It was painted bright red, easy to see.
    01-03-2012, 02:15 AM
I suppose I should have said Locker or trunk. I would eventually like both but I need to determine importance at the moment. I will finish the preliminary sketches and get a first draft done up to post.

Thank you Saddlebag --- the trunk I have designed would have a slot for a Western saddle and just under/inside a slot for an English...so fairly tight. "under" the saddles would be wood-planked slots to hold horse blankets saddle pads and chaps. Above the blankets would be a removable grooming tray that had a sliding accessory tray that slides across rails and sets over the saddles.

Getting excited now! I will post a rough of the designs as soon as I get it properly scaled! I might even make a model of it and post pictures, I know my mother would like one for her dolls...lol
    01-03-2012, 03:09 AM
I say just buy a deck box from Home Depot. I bought this one and love ittt! And it was a steal for only 120 :) it can fit all my pads, saddles, shoes, brushes, blankets. It's awesome and even has a bench on the top!

Suncast Extra Large Resin Deck Box (DBH9750) from The Home Depot
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    01-03-2012, 03:31 AM
Originally Posted by lubylol    
I say just buy a deck box from Home Depot. I bought this one and love ittt! And it was a steal for only 120 :) it can fit all my pads, saddles, shoes, brushes, blankets. It's awesome and even has a bench on the top!

Suncast Extra Large Resin Deck Box (DBH9750) from The Home Depot
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Where I am at it is near a days drive to a home depot and just buying something that will do isnt really my point I'm looking for something that will last and be able to be installed when I eventually get my own place, hopefully sooner rather then later.

So far though it is sounding as though a trunk is the more practical option at least for the time being.
    01-03-2012, 03:39 AM
Oh wow that sucks :/ my home depot is like 5 minutes away haha.

If you plan on making a trunk, are you going to be lugging it around everywhere?
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    01-03-2012, 03:50 AM
No if it goes anywhere it will be put in a trailer and left either there or the destination for a few months until I get a competition horse. My horse may be a good pet, companion and trail horse but he is not currently sound enough to compete so there will not be to much going on in the circuit.
    01-03-2012, 03:54 AM
Ohh I was going to say, you should make it transportable
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    01-03-2012, 04:09 AM
The trunk would be but the locker not so much...lol I am planning to use a dense wood instead of the lighter plye board
    01-03-2012, 11:05 AM
Green Broke
My Hubby just finished making me my tack box for at the barn. Can't wait to take it out there next weekend and fill it up!

Is this not a thing of beauty????



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