Every horse barn needs a tack room. It doesn’t matter how big or busy your barn is… A dedicated space for your horse’s tack is essential. This space will keep your equipment clean and organized, which will save you time and money in the long run. Saddles are expensive you don’t want them thrown around!
Over time, you’ll realize what works and doesn’t work for your tack space. Some will want individual tack lockers and a laundry space, while others only need a few saddle and bridle racks. Your needs will depend on the number of horses and riders at your barn.
The Perfect Tack Room
- There’s a place for everything! A well-planned tack room will have ample space for saddle, bridles, protective boots, grooming tools, and anything else used in your riding sessions. To keep you organized, label each horse’s tack and give them designated areas.
- The location should be convenient. Ideally, your tack room should be centrally located in the barn. It can be helpful to have it next to the grooming or wash stalls, if you have them. You won’t want to haul heavy tack to the opposite side of the barn every time you ride.
- A security system is a good idea. Even if it’s your personal barn, you may consider a lock on the door. If there are many riders, then individual tack lockers with locks are a nice addition. You know… for the tack that likes to run away.
- This many be a stretch for some, but so worth it! Heating and air-conditioning is such a great feature. It’s much better for your leather tack too. You can reduce mold, brittle leather, cold bits, and frozen coat conditioners.
- A tack cleaning space is handy. If you can splurge, install a sink with hot water. A bucket, bridle hooks, and sponges will also suffice. Having a designated area will encourage you to clean your tack after each ride.
The golden rule is function over beauty, though it doesn’t hurt to add some stylish elements.