Tack Trunk or Box?

       The Horse Forum > Horse Tack > Horse Tack and Equipment

Tack Trunk or Box?

This is a discussion on Tack Trunk or Box? within the Horse Tack and Equipment forums, part of the Horse Tack category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    01-02-2012, 08:56 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?
Sponsored Links
    01-02-2012, 09:55 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, 03:15 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, 04:09 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
Posted via Mobile Device
    01-03-2012, 04:31 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
Posted via Mobile Device
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, 04:39 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?
Posted via Mobile Device
    01-03-2012, 04:50 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, 04:54 AM
Ohh I was going to say, you should make it transportable
Posted via Mobile Device
    01-03-2012, 05:09 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, 12:05 PM
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????



Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Whats in your Tack Trunk? paws Horse Tack and Equipment 11 01-25-2013 01:52 PM
Tack Trunk Wanted Liasbarnes Tack and Equipment Classifieds 0 01-28-2011 12:09 PM
What Should I have in My Tack Trunk? AngelWithoutWings54 Horse Tack and Equipment 4 06-10-2010 10:19 AM
Wooden Tack Trunk Patagonia Tack and Equipment Classifieds 1 11-22-2008 07:10 PM
Tack Trunk please help sonnysfirststar Horse Tack and Equipment 1 10-14-2008 01:25 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:19 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0