I’m going to do a full barn tour, but I haven’t finished taking pictures, so I figured I’d start with my tack room(s).
My main tack room is next to the three horse shed row barn that Nilla, Eugene, and Shasta normally occupy. Our barn owner actually built this tack room for us when we moved in. It’s not so much a room as it is a roof connecting the barn to the hay trailer with a door in the front and a wall in the back.
The walls and roof don’t make a full seal so when it’s really wet outside, the moisture builds up in the tack room, condenses on the metal roof and then “rains” down. It’s really an excellent way to grow mold on all of your tack. The openings are also a great way to let rats in.
That previous paragraph might make you think I don’t like my tack room, but I actually love it. I love that it’s private. We have been able to put everything in exactly the way we like it and no one is every messing with our stuff. Our BO gave us a bridle hook to hang on the wall and had our metal cabinet screwed into the wall when the shed was built. We’ve added the saddle racks, grain bin, saddle pad holder, crop holder, and various storage bins.
We built the grain bin ourselves so it fits perfectly and does everything we need. There’s a built in shelf for holding supplements. I make small tupperwear supplement cups as an alternative to SmartPaks. They live in color coded baskets on the shelf inside the grain bin. The whiteboards on the doors list what grain and supplements each horse gets.
Above the grain bin are some more color-coded storage bins for boots and other random items for each horse. And also a rat trap, because we’re classy like that.
The back wall has our metal cabinet and our saddle racks. We built two of the saddle racks ourselves (they’re basically 2 pieces of 2×4 screwed together, but I should do a full post one day). The saddles are supposed to be covered (because of the whole raining indoors thing), but we’re lazy so they often aren’t.
The metal cabinet was given to us by someone at our old barn and it’s awesome. 10/10 would totally get for free again. Actually, I’d buy one of these; they’re great. It holds so much stuff and being metal is totally rodent proof. It’s also waterproof so we keep things we don’t want to get rained on in here. Like helmets and wraps. We also keep medications and spare supplements in the cabinet.
The outside has blackboard paint on part of it (I ran out before I finished) and we used to use it to leave notes to leasers. We don’t currently have any leasers so it’s usually blank.
To the right of the bridles are two hooks for our XC vests. A trash bucket and treat bucket live beneath those. Sadly, our boots just get thrown on the floor beneath the bridles right now, but I have plans to build a bench. The door holds our saddle pad drying rack and whip holder.
So that’s our main tack room. We also share another, larger tack room with the rest of the barn. This tack room houses two trunks with our blankets and coolers and some random spare supplies that have been thrown in there when I couldn’t figure out where else to put them.
There’s also a large metal shelf with our massive collection of saddle pads. Top row is show pads, then extra schooling pads and on top of the plastic bin are more pads that I can’t even fit on the shelves. (And I still have more: there are another 3 dedicated endurance pads that live on their treeless saddles and all the pads down in the main tack room.) My husband claims we have too many saddle pads, but I disagree. The shelves also hold a lot of random crap, like old boots and a plastic bin filled with bits.
This tack room isn’t ours alone. It also hosts all of the unused saddles from around the barn and the collection of boots and helmets left over from when the barn ran a summer riding camp. Our treeless saddles are currently residing in this tack room. We also used to share it with another boarder, but she left the barn so one whole corner is empty.