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post #1 of 10 Old 11-11-2013, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Opinions on tack trunks

I'm considering purchasing a tack trunk so my lovely husband will stop pestering me about the collection of stuff in my actual trunk

I don't show or need to transport things long distances. I essentially just need a repository for 2-3 blankets (of varying weights) and odds and ends like saddle pads, halters, leads, bits, fly masks, etc. Sort of just a swap for seasonal stuff that's not in use, if that makes sense. I don't need it to hold saddles or hang bridles, so I think what I need should be pretty basic.

I'm looking for opinions on what size and features I should look for. I'd prefer something made of wood, and am also wondering if a wooden trunk should have any special sort of lining (like a blanket chest might have cedar lining...). Any other tips or advice? Thanks!
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-11-2013, 11:30 AM
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I purchased the Deluxe All Purpose Wood Tack Trunk from State Line Tack back in 1995 and it's still going strong! Back then it came with two trays on top, but looks like the new version only has one? The hardware has rusted and one handle finally detached this year, but the hinges and lock still work. It's moved with me from Michigan (where it accompanied me to shows in between daily living in the barn) to Ohio (where it doubled as a coffee table in my college dorm room,) to Texas (where it now lives in the garage.) The vinyl covered, pressed-wood construction is not weather proof, so leather items left inside might mildew, but I've safely stored blankets, leg wraps, bits, and misc horsey gear for years on end. Around $100 for 18 years of use was a pretty good deal, IMO! Granted, I can't vouch for the materials used in todays models, but I'd take a chance on this again if I needed one.
Budco Deluxe All Purpose Wood Tack Trunk - Statelinetack.com
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Are you or your husband handy with a hammer and saw? If so, you could probably build your own one to your exact specs - the design needn't be complicated. My Dad made one for me over 25 years ago and it's still in great condition. He used thick plywood (good one side) and I painted it and it was all for a fraction of the cost of what a purchased one would have been. Also, if you could see yourself straying away from wood (although it has such character to it) you could look at getting one (or maybe two) of those poly/resin bench type storage units that are meant to sit on the deck or by a garden as they are fairly 'tight' and keep moisture and dust out.
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I think you can get a plastic one, like the rubbermaid containers. It might actually be made by rubbermaid. My friend has one that has two saddle racks in it, a few hooks and shelving. It's waterproof and very nice looking.
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I was at Goodwill and there was a metal travel trunk that happened to be in our colors (red and black) for $8. It is about 36" long by 24" wide by 18" deep and fits my four English and Aussie saddle pads, my SMBs, my polos, my bridle, all three of my sets of reins, my surcingle, my driving reins, and my five bits, with a little room to spare.
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Not sure if it was this site or not, but I saw somewhere a lady had bought a real nice, heavy duty plastic one at Home Depot for less that $60.00
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I have a fancy wooden one that I take to the "fancy" shows, even though I hate the pretentiousness of trying to look so snazzy. All other times I use rolling plastic tack trunk, one for blankets, one for other supplies and one for taking to events (which are so NOT pretentious.

I use these in my event colors

Sportote™ Tack Trunk | Dover Saddlery

I would go to Lowes or Home Depot. They have similar trunks for a MUCH better price.



Home Depot...60.00

Even deck boxes will be good.

Suncast Cedar and Resin Hybrid Deck Box with Seat-WRDB9922 at The Home Depot

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I have a fancy wooden one that I take to the "fancy" shows, even though I hate the pretentiousness of trying to look so snazzy.
Funny that you put it this way, I don't think of wood as pretentious at all- I guess because it costs more it feels more "uppity?"

I try to avoid plastics where possible (which, let's be honest, is pretty hard to do, but we really have gotten to the bare minimum) so probably will stay on the hunt for something wood. Chevaux, I think we probably are handy enough that we could build something, but given where this would likely go in the list of projects, I think it's probably better to try to buy one if I hope to use it in the near future

Thanks for the advice on dimensions, that was really helpful. I do wonder if I just need to get something separate for the blankets when they're not in use, as they do take up a lot of room.
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Funny that you put it this way, I don't think of wood as pretentious at all- I guess because it costs more it feels more "uppity?"

I try to avoid plastics where possible (which, let's be honest, is pretty hard to do, but we really have gotten to the bare minimum) so probably will stay on the hunt for something wood. Chevaux, I think we probably are handy enough that we could build something, but given where this would likely go in the list of projects, I think it's probably better to try to buy one if I hope to use it in the near future

Thanks for the advice on dimensions, that was really helpful. I do wonder if I just need to get something separate for the blankets when they're not in use, as they do take up a lot of room.
I personally take my blankets home and put them in the outside closet when not in use. I hate leaving them at the barn because they get all gross and spidery, and I don't want a separate container just for blankets!
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-12-2013, 09:52 AM
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I like to wash blankets at the end of the season and put them into those big space saving bags where you use a vacuum to suck out all the air...
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