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post #1 of 10 Old 12-08-2019, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Storing un-used tack

Where would you guys store unused tack (e.g. hackamore that we're not currently using, rubber reins my daughter doesn't like right now, an extra set of reins, etc.)? Right now they are tossed into a paper bag on the store of my storage stall. So probably anything would be an improvement, LOL.
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-08-2019, 02:35 PM
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I have a plastic tote that I have placed a damp rid in. Kept in the office closet where I can get to it. I tried labeling so I knew what was where but gave up on that as I have loaned out, sold and added new over time.

Adding the damp rid keeps maintenance down but I still have to check and replace that.
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Some stays in the tack room of my trailer. Some gets stored in a large tub. Humidity is not a problem where I live.

All of it gets cleaned and conditioned two to four times a year.

Reins do get hung as straight as possible as do leather girths.
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I have a garage at my house that I claimed the back corner and wall of.
My husband took a 1x6 {fence board} and attached several round tube ends from plumbing projects to hang headstalls on keeping their shape.
I figure-8 my bridles with or without bits attached to keep together matches, they hang nicely and you can put them closer together staggering the hung height so more in less space.
Girths, sank a long HD nail and hang several on each nail..
I also have a 4-prong tack cleaning hook that hangs in the deepest part of the corner with incidentals that don't go elsewhere...bridle parts, curb chains & that sort of needed but where do you put it and remember the destination spot.
A few Rubbermaid totes with snap-on lid for saddle pads {cleaned}, extra sheets & blankets.
I keep my wool coolers and saddle pads {show} in another tote and in that one is cedar wood from when I was a kid my dad made me a jewelry box...
My totes can stack and stack well so they don't tip makes it easy storage.The totes easily go under where my bridles hang on the homemade rack.
I also have a 3 saddle tier rack and then still need 2 extra free standing stands for saddles...I need to sell a few. That rack also has steel hooks formed to it that hold more stuff in extra abundance...

My biggest issue is just getting motivated to put it all away correctly when necessary...often it is just dumped and I rummage through the lot...
My medicinal stuff, wraps, bandages, salves, lotions, gauze and supplies of various nature are stored in another tote with a grab and go emergency basket {handled kind you find in the grocery/dollar store}on top so easily can grab when stressed.
I do purchase my medicinal for dressings and stuff in bulk since when a crisis happens you can bet you are going to be needing large quantities of items fast...cheaper to buy and store than run to the store if they have it.
I keep very little actually in my barn of ointments as critters are often about and never want any to spill and get into them hurting them. If I need it it arrives to the barn from the house and bring it back when I go in myself.
That's it...
I don't have a dedicated trailer kit and should. I always have some of this or that, but not always "essentials" that others consider can't live without all together in one spot..

That's it for assortment of stuff and how stored.


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post #5 of 10 Old 12-08-2019, 06:20 PM
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My entire entry way is a tack room.... Complete with bridle hooks, saddle stand, shelf for the 27 saddle pads (yes. I have a problem) and there's a chest of more tack (mostly jumping stuff that's been put away for the year) that doubles as an extra chair in the main room.
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I use the big round plastic coffee cans and screw them to a 1 x 8 and they help keep the bridles and reins shaped nicely. I also put them on the ends of my wood saddle racks to keep the halter and headstalls being currently used with that saddle. Tack room wall gets the on hold items.
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-08-2019, 09:23 PM
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Garage sale, or local sale barn on horse day during the tack sale.

Might as well get a couple bucks back from stuff you don't want.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-09-2019, 01:47 PM
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Unused leather tack lives in my home office so I don't have to clean it/remove mildew when I wish to use it again.

Non-leather tack is stored under a protective layer of dust in my tack room ;)
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Originally Posted by jgnmoose View Post
Garage sale, or local sale barn on horse day during the tack sale.

Might as well get a couple bucks back from stuff you don't want.
Yeah, but you never know when you might need it....

@lostastirrup I appreciate the picture! Is the cat a required part of your storage scheme, or optional?
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-14-2019, 07:44 PM
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The question is a good one! I restore old or ill cared for tack as a business. I've owned equines and there associated "outfits" for 45 years. I've ruined tack and have also been able to preserve a 45 y/o halter in pristine condition. If you want your stuff to last and look good next year, it takes just a little forethought and effort.
The first question to ask yourself is, "What is my environment like and how does it change through the seasons?" I live in the Sierra Foothills in CA, cold
low humidity winters and blistering hot and dry summers, where humidity isn't really a problem, but I also lived in Hawaii, muggy and damp everyday of the year, where leather tack would start molding in two weeks!
The easiest remedy for preserving tack is controlling the storage environment. First, if you can store items in a house 1st, attached garage 2nd or enclosed tackroom 3rd, your tack will stay in better condition as it won't have to endure the temp and humidity fluxuations, and the problems that come with the changes, as it would in a open stall or barn. Know that it will come out of storage in a condition that is based on Awesome, OK and O Well based on 1st, second and 3rd noted above!!
Second, clean and condition the tack before you store it, so it will have a better chance of not "catching some malady" ie. mold, rust and corrosion, heat discoloration, permanent "leather death" (meaning too dry to bring back to safely useful) before you want to use it again. Make sure all leather is rolled or layed out in the way you would want it to be when you get it out again. ie...roll up reins and headstalls so that the out is out and the in is in. Leather has a "lay" to it, and you don't want to store it "against the lay". Once your start using it again it will go back to the shape you expect without resembling "a bad hair day"!

I wrap or roll several similar items up in old rice bran bags (the ones that are woven plastic with no liner, because they breath) and lay them in a plastic, lidded bin in the coolest, least indirect sun/heat exposure corner on the floor of my garage. I have no room in my air conditioned house. If the humidity is high in the spring or fall, I crack or open the lid fully. Leather is/was a living thing, and just like properly storing fresh veggies, fruit and meats in the frig, how you store it, effects how long it will keep.

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