Tack storage advice
My last barn owner had a locked, nearly climate controlled tack room. Cement floor, finished walls, a really nice room. Fans in summer, light heat in winter and a dehumidifier when needed so the room was also dry and moisture free.
The Cadillac of tack rooms
The new barn is not the same. In the big barn there is a tack room, but it is not locked/sealed and it is not what I would call temperature controlled. However, it does not have any doorways to the outside.
Sam is kept in a separate barn; a two horse barn and he is the only horse. There is a gate on the entrance into the barn. Right now, my tack and grooming supplies are in the barn with Sam. The BO said she would make room in the big barn next week.
I'm not worried about theft, but I am worried about my new saddle staying in new condition.
I am thinking I would like to keep my tack and supplies in Sam's barn. If the BO would install a tie ring to the one post, I could groom and saddle and then walk to the riding arena. My stuff would stay nice and tidy and I would not need to carry anything back and forth. I can see the main barn getting tight if more than one horse was being attended to. My concern is the open doorway and the natural elements. We don't get inches of snow generally here is SWMO and if we do, it melts quickly. the roof is solid. the flooring is dirt. There is very good lighting. It's a big barn and i can move my saddle away from the door, but am I taking an unnecessary risk with mold damage?
The tack room in the main barn is a dirt floor, but no exposure to the elements. Otherwise, I don't know if there is much of an advantage moving my belongings to the main barn and then having to squish them among other boarders and the BO's belongings.
I have a Wintec AP saddle. Brand new. Leather bridle/reins. I have the saddle on a saddle rack with the Wintec saddle cover. Then my pad and girth laying on top followed by a sheet of material from the fabric store covering everything. Nothing touches the ground. Headstall hanging on wall.
If I do decide to leave my tack in this location, should I remove the Wintec cover so it can breathe better? Or invest in a better saddle cover? With our humidity in the summer and swings in temp through the winter (20 to 70 in 1/2 day) I worry about creating an environment that traps moisture and creates mold.
What are your tack storage arrangements? I ride daily; I don't want to take my stuff home every night. It will spend more time in my car then anywhere else.
what advice can you give me for keeping it in our private (lol) barn?
Last edited by AQHSam; 08-25-2013 at 09:57 AM.