“To properly size a tack room you need to inventory what you are storing there,” said Joe Martinolich, principal and director of Equine Facilities Designs at CMW, Inc. “Know how many horses, the number of saddles per horse and the discipline you ride.” Also consider what purpose the tack room will serve. During the planning process you will also have to decide if the tack room will be a multi-functional space for social gatherings or a space for cleaning tack and/or a laundry area with room for a washer and dryer to launder blankets and wraps.
“Keep it close to or nearby a wash stall or prep/grooming area.” A barn that frequently trailers to multi-day shows, which requires frequent loading and unloading, should consider “where the tack room is located in the barn relative to unloading a trailer after a show,” said Blackburn. Ultimately, “the location of a tack room is all about minimizing the number of steps a person has to take to get their horse ready,” said Lachlan Older, specialty practice leader/senior equine architect with GH2 Rally Equine Architects.
“One project we worked on had separate backrooms,” said Martinolich, “one for the boarders and one for the stable owners and managers.” “An interesting alternative to storing saddles is to run a beam from one end of the room to the other, along the wall.
This is a very inexpensive solution if a customer does not want to spend the money on individual saddle racks,” Liftoff said. Designing a tack room and storage area for a busy lesson barn required a no frills approach for this expert.
“We used a peg board to hang all the extra bits, and we created a place for everything so that things did not end up on the floor.” Benches and seating areas create a welcoming atmosphere that encourages riders to kick off their boots and chat about their horse ’s progress, clean tack together, watch training videos or simply sit and enjoy one another’s company.
Personal touches transform a tack room from an everyday storage area into a place of enjoyment. For riders who have achieved success in the show ring the tack room may become a display area for trophy saddles, bronzes and buckles.
The finishing touches in a tack room are a reflection of the stable owner’s personality. “The owner of one barn I worked with had 100-year-old hardwood from old wine barrels,” said Colleen Liftoff.
Air conditioning, dehumidifier and/or heater : Controlling the climate of the tack room can inhibit the growth of mold on leather equipment. Use fixtures that have an even throw of light so you don’t have dart spots or dark corners.
Sliding doors and tack room walls that pivot are gaining in popularity. Dual Purpose Fixtures: “A window seat or bench can serve as a storage bin.
Extra room will always be needed to keep bridles, lead ropes, girths and more organized. “Incorporate a certain amount of storage right at the stall for lead ropes and small items,” said Martinolich.
“It may sound simple to design a tack room, but there is a lot to consider,” concludes Blackburn. Building a tack room allows you to create dedicated space for all your horse care necessities.
When you build a tack room, you create dedicated space for all your horse care necessities. A well-designed tack room gives you space to organize all the supplies you need to care for your friend on four hooves.
Another option is to build a tack room that includes reliable heating and cooling sources. Even the most ardent horse lover knows firsthand that caring for an equine companion is easier on some days than others.
Another tack room design idea for easier horse care is to set up a cleaning station to keep supplies, like toothbrushes or cleaning spray, on hand to tackle dust, dirt, and horse slobber. At Quarry View Construction, we’ll work closely with you to design a horse barn with a tack room that factors in your needs, budget, and timeline.
Saddle Pad Bars are 30"L. Saddle holder is 24"L × 8"W × 2 1/2”H. In Cherry Hill and Richard Limes's barn, the couple's organization skills are evident around every corner.
Across the barn aisle from their tack room, and within handy distance to their stalls, the feed room has a solid hinged door that fits tightly enough that mice and other rodents can't wiggle their way in. Make sure that whatever latch you use for securing the door, it's one that your horse's lips can't flip, wiggle or somehow open.
If you don't have a separate feed room, the same goes for the container you use: make it rodent and horse -proof (and waterproof). A wide counter at one end offers a work surface where they can mix supplements, measure rations and place buckets.
A cabinet with secure doors (purchased at an industrial-supply store, thrift shop or office supply store) provides additional storage space for overflow blankets, out-of-season items or small supplement items. Some feed containers are set on low platforms to minimize the amount of bending needed to scoop out rations.
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