It’s all about you
When it comes to getting your tack room set up, it’s not a one size fits all. There is no right or wrong way of doing it. The trick is to work with what you have got to get to what you need.
For most of us we are on livery and therefore giving a space to use, we are also usually limited on what changes we can mane and also the size of the space.
So finding a solution that works for you can be very different to what the person next to you needs.
Start by thinking what it is you need from your tack room – do you ride everyday? Do you lunge regularly? How many sets of tack do you have? Do you use them regularly? Are you storing trugs there too? Do yo need to fit your feed? Do you have other areas you can utilise too?
Horses have a lot of equipment, and if you have a small space you need to get creative with how to use it.
- Firstly identify the equipment you use year round on a regular basis. Things like tack, boots, bandages, hat etc.
- These items need to be together in an easy to reach place.
- Next identify the items you use year round but not as often, think about things like vet kit, wash kit, saddlecloths, travel kit, competition wear.
- These items need to be accessible, but not in immediate reach.
- Finally look at seasonal items, such as, winter rugs, summer rugs, fly rugs,turnout boots, mud fever boots etc
- These items can be somewhere out of the way for example top shelf of shelving, on top of cupboards, in the shed or garage. Anywhere that they are out of your way. So you are not having to move them all the time. Then twice a year you visit these items to swop them over as the seasons change. Just remember to leave a reminder of where they all are.
- Inventory sheets – fill these out and pop them in a really easy to reach place, make a note of where each item is. So when you need it you can check the sheets and then locate it, without having to rummage through everything.
- Label everything – make sure you can easily read the labels and that they make sense to you.
Also think about grouping items together for storage, for example, i keep all of my travel and competition kit in my trailer. So its there ready to use when i use the trailer.
Daily turnout boots, and overnight bandages, grooming kit, head collar are in a stable tidy (more on those later) outside my stable.
The kit i use daily for riding boots, bandages, hat, gloves are in a grab box in the tack room. I fill this box up each weekend with all the weeks smaller equipment and then each day i can just grab it and go – no rummaging or looking for kit. Its there ready to go.
Remember the system is all about you, what works for you, what makes your life easier, more organised and makes you feel empowered. That is the system you want to create.
So start trying out different things and see what works for you.