Small Tack Room Help!
Ok so we are finally renovating our tack room, because we need the extra bedroom in our house. I should be excited, but I'm not :( The tack room we are making is only 12ft by 12ft (It was the milk room in our barn; its a renovated dairy farm), but I have lots of stuff!!! We have 5+ saddles, 5+ bridles, 2 harnesses... not to mention all my brushes and boots and polos and vet supplies. We also have to keep a bin of grain in there. There are 2 regular sized doors and windows on 2 sides. I was thinking saddles racks 3 high up the wall without windows, to total 6 racks... ugh does anyone have any pictures or ideas for saving space? I need some desperately, HELP!!!
some pictures from the barn I used to board at:
That's all in the same room. It's probably 10 or 12, by 12 or 14 ft. It's not super huge. But they made pretty good use of the space. Each person got a space of 3 bridle hooks per horse, plus the 2 shelves under it, and then the saddle racks.
While at a schooling show, I saw a tackroom there, and they used barrels on the walls. Then each person had their saddle rack (the barrel) and inside it was a cubby for grooming stuff, etc.
12x12 sounds incredibly spacious for that. I have 4 saddles (2 of which are not mine), 2 bridles, a big plastic tote, a few buckets, grooming kit, folding saddle rack, lunge lines, etc. all in my tack locker, which is about 3x3.
Usually when I show I'll end up sharing a tack stall, which is generally 12x12, with 3 other people and even though everyone tends to end up sprawling everywhere (since there are no wall mounted saddle racks, shelves or hooks) it's still more than sufficient.
I have a 12 by 12, right now that has some of my stuff. i have a water bucket, that has 5 blankets, some vet stuff, grooming stuff, and the extras that i dont need now. my saddles are against a wall. on the other with the door outside and window are a few containers that have bandages, bits, grooming, clips ect, i have a few more containers with my sport and bell boots. in my feed room i have my feed, with supplements and polo wraps, 5 gallon buckets its a 10 by 10 stall, i will be getting a 10 by 16 tack room, i plan on doing a wall with a shelve on top so i can put totes on top for their winter/summer blankets. and but my three saddle rack on one corner and put bridle hooks on the wall next to it along with containers for everything else, something like this, http://www.gridironusa.com/images/tackroom2.jpg
I have a 8x12 tack room that is also a hay room and grain room. I have 5 saddles I keep in my barn and manage to squeeze them all in there. Granted, I currently I have 3 saddles hanging from the rafters... but I will eventually have saddle racks up. My plan is to hang my 3 saddles that I don't use to often up above the hay on saddle racks.
I can't wait til I have a "tack corner"!! We just bought a property. We got a horse shelter, the hay is in a corner of the barn, some tack is in the trailer. Other tack is in the duck house, hanging on the wall. Lol. I feel bad for my saddles. We are building a room this weekend for my rodent hobby & the saddles should get a nice corner of that room :-)
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The last barn I boarded at had 8 people sharing a 12 x 12 converted stall. It actually worked out really well, as she had 3 basic rules:
1) No hay, grain or supplements in the tack room. They all must be in the feed area.
2) No Blankets in the tack room. Blankets must be hung up on the seperate blanket rack area or in front of your stall.
3) No trunks or lidded totes & grooming caddies must live in the grooming caddie shelf. Everybody got wall mounted saddle rack and two bridle holders wall mounted above the saddle, and you got the floor area directly under your saddle. Which MUST be the plastic drawers you get at target or Wal-mart. Any size or configuration you want so long as it fits in your under saddle area.
You could stack saddles 2 high, but anything that didn't fit in to your drawers or layered on you bridle hooks, had to go home with you.
It actually worked out Really well, so well that when I got my own farm I kept the no trunks/totes in the tack room rule for myself.
I do have a trunk for off cleaned season blankets, winter rugs in the summers, and fly sheets or coolers in the winter. But I keep it out of the way in the loft.
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Ok, what I would do(I'm OCD, so you know whatever I say is gonna be overorganized.....) is along one wall, put saddle racks 2 high, and hang the mathing bridles over the saddle horns(English riders can have a hook directly under the saddle). Along the same wall, put shelves up whereever possible. Along the other wall, hang averything else on hooks. Make sure everything is organized, and easy to get to(lesser-used items to the back), and your tack room will be mutch more easily used!
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