Tack Rooms: Basic Tack Room Needs

Tack Rooms: Basic Tack Room Needs

The best tack rooms are organized, efficient and clean places to store all your riding tack and equipment. While you can outfit your tack room with expensive storage and equipment, having an organized and neat tack room does not have to break the bank. The basic items every tack room should have are:

Saddle Rack

Saddle racks are important both for the aesthetics of your tack room and for the longevity of your saddle. Saddle racks keep your saddle off the ground providing them with plenty of airflow to keep them dry. In addition, saddle racks help keep your saddle’s contoured shape. Choose from the standard wall mounted saddle rack, a saddle caddy, or a multi-saddle stand. Ideally you should have at least one saddle rack per saddle.

Tack Rooms: Basic Tack Room Needs - Saddle Rack
Tack Rooms: Basic Tack Room Needs - Saddle Racks
Tack Rooms: Basic Tack Room Needs - Bridle Rack

Bridle / Headstall Rack

A bridle or headstall benefits from being hung up on a bridle rack. Like the saddle, the bridle needs air flow and the crown piece benefits from an arched rack to keep it shaped like the horse’s poll. You should have at least one bridle rack per headstall. These racks tend to be used for a lot of extra things as well, like an extra set of reins etc. Hang as many as your space allows.

Tack Rooms: Basic Tack Room Needs - Headstall Rack

1-2 Shelves

Not everything in your tack room can be easily hung up on a wall. Some things benefit from shelf storage. Some items perfect for a shelf are grooming totes, first aid boxes, helmets, and your riding boots.

Tack Rooms: Basic Tack Room Needs - 1-2 Shelve
Tack Rooms: Basic Tack Room Needs - 1-2 Shelves
Tack Rooms: Basic Tack Room Needs - Hanging Tack Hook

Hanging Tack Hook

Since it is best to put away your tack clean, and the best way to enable this action is to have a cleaning area, a hanging tack hook made it to the list of needs. A hanging tack hook provides a place to hang your tack, bits etc. while you clean them.

Tack Rooms: Basic Tack Room Needs - Hanging Tack Hooks

Of course, these are the most basic needs of a tack room. Tack room organization can be taken to any level you desire. The addition of things like saddle pad racks and horse blanket racks bring your tack room up a level and allows you to really have a place for everything and everything in its place.


Why Should I Organize My Tack Room?

You want to spend time riding your horse, not looking for tack and equipment. The best way to gain time in the saddle is to keep your tack room organized and efficient.

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Organizing your tack room helps you keep track of what you have on hand and what you may need to buy or replace. Is that medicine passing its expiration date? Did you use the last roll of VetFlex on your own ankle and forgot to replace it? A well-organized tack room allows you to quickly ascertain what you are out of so you can replace it BEFORE your horse needs it.

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An organized tack room makes tacking up easy. Having everything you need together and in one place makes tacking up more efficient. Well organized tack creates less trips to and from the tack room and less time searching for the items you need. This becomes even more important if your horse is fidgety on the cross ties or is impatient.

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A clean and tidy tack room helps to combat pests. Mice, rats, snakes, and the like all enjoy dark cluttered places to hide. When you keep your tack room clean and clutter-free, pests are less likely to hang around, and that is good for you and your tack.

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Neat, clutter free tack rooms help keep moisture at bay. Moisture can be an issue in stables and too much moisture isn’t good for tack and equipment. An organized tack room keeps things off the floor and separated, allowing important air circulation to help keep mold and mildew down.

1. Organizing your tack room helps you keep track of what you have on hand and what you may need to buy or replace. Is that medicine passing its expiration date? Did you use the last roll of VetFlex on your own ankle and forgot to replace it? A well-organized tack room allows you to quickly ascertain what you are out of so you can replace it BEFORE your horse needs it.

2. An organized tack room makes tacking up easy. Having everything you need together and in one place makes tacking up more efficient. Well organized tack creates less trips to and from the tack room and less time searching for the items you need. This becomes even more important if your horse is fidgety on the cross ties or is impatient.

3. A clean and tidy tack room helps to combat pests. Mice, rats, snakes, and the like all enjoy dark cluttered places to hide. When you keep your tack room clean and clutter-free pests are less likely to hang around, and that is good for you and your tack.

4. Neat, clutter free tack rooms help keep moisture at bay. Moisture can be an issue in stables and too much moisture isn’t good for tack and equipment. An organized tack room keeps things off the floor and separated, allowing important air circulation to help keep mold and mildew down.

How to Properly Store Your Tack?

Horse tack is an investment and when properly stored and cared for, can provide years of service.

One of the most important things to consider when storing tack is moisture. Damp and humid conditions can wreak havoc on tack, even causing them to grow mold and eventually rot if you are not careful. Although it can be difficult to manage humidity in some tack rooms, the easiest way to combat moisture damaging tack is by keeping tack up off the floor and in a place where air can circulate around it.

Tack Rooms: Basic Tack Room Needs - How to Properly Store Your Tack - Bridles and Headstalls

Tack should always be stored clean. By utilizing a tack cleaning hook, you can quickly and easily wipe down your tack and bit before storing. Storing your tack clean keeps dirt and organic matter (like saliva and sweat) from building up and creating more of a chore to clean later. It also allows tack made of leather to breathe, keeping it in better shape.

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Horse boots should be cleaned off after every ride either by a hose and hung to dry, with a stiff brush or cleaned, depending on their material. If your horse boots utilize hook and loop closures you can find a spot in your tack room to apply a hook or loop band to the wall (from a craft or fabric store) and then simply stick your horse boots to the wall to dry. This can work for non-pull on bell boots as well.

Tack Rooms: Basic Tack Room Needs - How to Properly Store Your Tack - Whips and Crops
Tack Rooms: Basic Tack Room Needs - How to Properly Store Your Tack - Saddles

Another important aspect of tack storage to consider is form and shape. Tack is made to fit our horse’s anatomy. Therefore, we should store our tack in a way that best keeps their form and shape. By storing tack in the shape in which it is used it helps keeps the fibers aligned, relieves pressure points on the leather or other tack material, keeping it less likely to crack.

Tack Rooms: Basic Tack Room Needs - How to Properly Store Your Tack - Hook Hangers

Saddle pads should be stored in a manner that provides air circulation so they can dry. This is best done with a saddle pad racks, separately from your saddle.

Tack Rooms: Basic Tack Room Needs - How to Properly Store Your Tack - Horse Boots

Crops, whips, and bats should be quickly wiped and can be stored in a whip rack mounted on the wall or a simple 4 inch in diameter piece of PVC pipe about 8” long with a bottom cap.