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post #1 of 26 Old 11-22-2013, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Question Boarders - what do you keep at home vs barn?

If you board, what tack or supplies do you leave at the barn and what do you keep at home? This is my first experience boarding, and using a small shared tack room is unsettling - I miss having everything I could possibly need/want right on hand. Fortunately, everyone is respectful of the space limitations and those with trailers (I'm not in that group) use their tack rooms for overflow.

Saddle, pads, surcingle, driving lines, lariat & helmet get stacked on my assigned saddle rack. One hook holds a single bridle & halter. I bought a small, lidded box to hold shampoos, polo wraps, gloves, leather punch, scissors, vetwrap & wound spray, and a small bucket for brushes & fly spray.

The trunk of my vehicle is currently holding my clippers and new wool cooler (which'll need a new spot once it's been used!) Big tack box at home contains extra bridles, various bits, standing wraps & quilts, different sized girths, spare halter & lead, leather cleaner, etc. All items that I could potentially want/need while at the barn, but would require a 25 minute drive each way to access...
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post #2 of 26 Old 11-22-2013, 02:05 PM
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I board privately so I only share with one person, but it is her tack room so I try to take up as little space as possible.

Currently I am leaving my filly's halter and lead rope there incase she needs to be moved, as well as her fly spray, hoof pick, and feed. Other than that I take everything to and from my house with me. It is a pain since I live 30 minutes away, but its what I have to do. I have an assigned bucket for my brushes and linaments that I can just grab, as well as two blankets, a spare leather halter, the bit, probiotics, etc that I bring with me just when I think I need them.
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I bought a tack truck with a padlock and kept all my extras in it, including my fly spray! I've never gone through so much fly spray as I did when I was boarding out.

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I boarded privately with a retired couple last year. They had a barn with a tack room. I tried to keep my things in order and in as small a space as I could, out of courtesy. But I pretty much kept everything in the tack room. Things that I didn't want to freeze during the winter (shampoo, conditioner, etc) I took home with me.

Where I board now, it isn't exactly a boarding barn, but the people have 160 acres and probably have 5 or 6 people keeping their horses their. They do have a tack room, but it was already overflowing with people's stuff, so I just chose to keep EVERYTHING locked and in my own trailer (although that didn't stop someone from "borrowing" my horse trailer to teach her own horse to load Some people don't understand that things aren't theirs!!). So I am glad that I keep all my own things in my own trailer, so that things don't go missing or people don't borrow without asking. Again, stuff I don't want to freeze I keep at home.

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I'm lucky that my barn has tack lockers for everyone. It's not much bigger than the space I've seen some people get in shared tack rooms (about 3x3) but I do have plenty of walls to put hooks on I got a trailer over the summer and started storing some stuff that I didn't use as often in there, too, but as soon as the fall hit everything in there started mildewing

I keep show stuff at home (so it stays clean) and equine first aid kit in the trailer (so it's always with me when my horse is) but pretty much everything else goes in the locker.
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I don't leave anything nice in communal tack rooms. All of my bling brow bands, good bridles, good saddles, correction pads, etc are kept at home in a large tack trunk where I know they're safe and can more importantly keep up on their care... Though, even with keeping all of the stuff I really like or would cost a lot of dough to replace at home, I still have several hundred pounds of miscellaneous tack...

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post #7 of 26 Old 11-22-2013, 03:28 PM
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I am one of those that boards at a barn with individual tack lockers for the boarders and we are allowed a tack trunk in front of the stall. Other boarders can choose to use a communal boarder tack room (which is locked and automatically locks on a self closing door, vice the locker but the only thing they have in there is one saddle and one bridle with perhaps a saddle pad tossed over the saddle; the rest has to go in the tack box in front of the stall. Most of those types of boarders have limited equipment or have trailers in which they keep the overflow.

Since I use a locker and a tack box essentially everything is at the barn. It takes strict organization and neatness to get all of it in but I can keep a cooler, sheet, blanket (on a stall mounted blanket rack) and all assorted other paraphernalia between the locker and box. We are all allowed one other type of container (think a rubbermaid tub with lid type) either on the floor of the communal tack room or on top of the locker. While I have one the only few items in there are my shipping boots, shipping halter and head bumper.
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post #8 of 26 Old 11-22-2013, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by beau159 View Post

....EVERYTHING locked and in my own trailer (although that didn't stop someone from "borrowing" my horse trailer to teach her own horse to load
You have GOT to be kidding!!! What was her response when you asked her who gave her permission to use your trailer..not too mention the fact of the liability issue had something gone wrong and the horse, or your trailer, had been injured/damaged??

Are people flipping clueless these days?
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post #9 of 26 Old 11-22-2013, 03:49 PM
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I keep everything in my tack locker at the barn where I board. I could lock it up tighter than a drum if I wanted to, but I'm lucky enough to board with a bunch of good people. Nobody locks their stuff up because nobody goes into anyone else's locker. We respect each other's space.

Plus, with the way the lockers are designed, you could just take the doors off the hinges if the handles were locked. Last summer, the barn owner had to do just that. An ex-boarder left a bike lock on it after she left. They aren't exactly high tech bank vaults.

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I'm another lucky one in that my barn has individual locking tack lockers. They are about 3'x3' and about 9' tall. Mine has two saddle racks, four bridle hooks and a shelf in the top where I keep first aid stuff, extra saddle pads and off season blankets. I have hooks in front of my stall for current season blankets, fly mask/spray, and halter. I keep just about everything I need in there including extra changes of clothing/jackets/boots for when I go to the barn directly from work.
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