thoughts on having a tack room inside the stall?
I saw pics of a boarding facility in which one corner of the stall served as the individual boarder's tack room.
I think this is a sensible method, providing the stalls have extra square footage to account for the taken up space.
Any experience with this and any thoughts, positive or negative, on the design?
I cannot picture how this would work. How would you get enough space out of the corner of the stall? How do you secure it against damage or theft? How do you make it safe for the horse and prevent the horse's accessing the tack?
Would have to be a larger than average stall.
I would worry about the door opening and stall occupant having way too much fun.
^ Those are my thoughts, too. It would be convenient, but I'm not sure if it's worth the risk.
As a former boarding BM, I see a lot of merit in it. Tack and supplies going missing or being "borrowed" is an ongoing problem in boarding barns, as is available space to groom and tack up, boarders leaving horses cross tied in the aisle for long periods of time, boarders failing to clean up manure and hoof pickings in the aisle so the aisle is a mess from dawn to dusk, etc. In general, maintaing a boarder's tack room is like refereeing a never ending turf war.
So a private tack locker, with cross ties in the stall so everyone grooms and tacks up in their own private space, solves a lot of problems.
Agree that the stalls would have to be at least 12 X 12, 12 X 14 would be better, and that the lockers would have to be horse proof and have a smooth exterior surface. If you can solve those problems, I think it's a great idea.
I agree with maura.
I would love something like that.
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What if you have multiple horses? Do you get one of everything for each horse or keep it in one locker and have to go to that stall to get something for the other horse?
To me their stall is their private place. I would rather tack up and groom in the aisle.
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Yup, me too. And I do in my own barn.
However, if you're talking about large boarding barn with a lot of traffic, this eliminates a lot of problems and frustration.
Larger stalls = more area to clean. (more shavings, more $)
Corner lockers = potential damage to the locker = more upkeep
Cross tie areas tend to be cement or tar = picked hooves stay clean - more efficient to apply any dressing/creams necessary.
Opening the door while the horse is in the stall - would have to be a really large stall for some of those with warmbloods, drafts, TB, etc.
And so on . . .
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