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  • Storage planning

    Alright trying to plan out storage needs for this home barn of mine - planning to move by mid Nov!
    I have my back porch, which already houses a chest freezer ready to put feed in (keeps me close to the outdoor water spigot and inside water in winter to use) and I've cleared space for a 2 ft. 6 in. x 4 ft. 3 in. Large Vertical Resin storage unit - but now I'm re-thinking if I need that. The other area available would be up at the shelter - which will be just a roof carport for shade/weather respite to start with.
    I have several rubbermaid tubs already and kind of a hodge-podge of things that I will be moving home from current boarding (grooming tote, shipping boots, gallon jugs of vinegar, fly spray, shampoo, etc that don't really have a 'bin'). A lot also lives in my trailer but I'd love to not haul around what might be of no use and could be stored at home instead.

    I do have a Sterilite 4-Drawer Cabinet (used to have in trailer for storage, 25 5/8" x 19 1/4" x 35 3/4") that I think might suffice to hold a bunch of stuff instead of the big vertical unit, but then I lose the lockable floor- space to put the extra saddle on a stand in something (would rather not keep in trailer), and a place to hang extra tack sets than in the trailer.
    I think any time I'd need to 'doctor' something I'd be pulling the horse/s out, so not sure keeping anything up away from the house and in the shelter is necessary.
    Maybe there is stuff you find you need in typical locations and that will help me sort out what I have to where it should live?
    I have a small tote that right now lives at the fence-line for boarding of fly spray and hoof treatment stuff so I can get him done up when he's eating.

    (Hay will have a small shelter of its own + a wheelbarrow and manure fork)

    Thanks for your thoughts!
    RIP Traveler & Tesla <3

  • #2
    If possible, design your hay storage area to be able to accommodate hay in all its forms. i.e. round bales, small square and xl square bales. This will give you flexibility in the type of hay you buy.


    • #3
      It's definitely useful to have the daily stuff stored near the horse.

      Halter, lead, body brush, hoof pick, and any treatment product you are currently using daily, like fly spray in summer or thrush hoof spray in winter. Usually from a vast array of bottles potions and lotions, we are often using very very little at any one time

      As far as storage, here are things to consider.

      First, security. That depends on how accessible your property is. I would not personally leave my saddle on the porch even in a locked bin. I have seen too much CCTV footage posted online of thieves stealing mail, Christmas ornaments, and anything that isn't locked down. Which includes resin cabinets with built in locks. I would only leave the cheap basics down by the run-in shelter.

      Second, weather. Extreme heat, extreme cold, and extreme rain and wind. Will the product bake boil and bubble in a tote in the field? Will it freeze and be lost under 3 feet of snow? Or will the tub blow away, or leak? Also most plastics degrade in the sun and weather. Leather will degrade under humidity, heat, and perhaps freezing too.

      Third, horse proof. If the horse can get it, the horse will knock over the tub or cabinet, root through it, and play with everything. And eat treats if he can.

      Fourth, accessiblity and convenience. It might be worth paying for a tall cabinet with shelves, versus heaving around though multiple tote bins every time you need to find a piece of gear or a product. And it makes sense to have everything in the same place, except for the gear you keep down by the fence. You don't want to be running between porch, basement, trailer, car trunk, etc. to find a particular bottle or bit that you know you have but can't locate.

      I would do a big purge of the trailer. How often do you trailer out? Keep duplicates in there. I share my trailer with my trainer, so between us we have duplicate halters, leads, long and short whips, towels, brushes, dog toys, trail riding saddle bags, flashlights, knives, clips, hay bags, broom and stall pick, and my very complete human and horse first aid kit, all stuff that is useful for shows, trail riding, camping, and for any horse that either of us end up hauling.

      If it is just you and your one horse, you can edit much more. I would not myself keep a saddle or a good bridle in the trailer long term. Think through your routine and where you go, and put duplicates in the trailer in case things break while you are out and about. Though I do not keep my Walsh leather shipping halter in the trailer. it goes in and out of the barn with horse. There are some older no name leather halters in the trailer as backup.


      • #4
        You don't say how far your back porch is from the field and shelter. If it's not too far, then I think you can keep everything on the porch except what you already mentioned about hay, wheelbarrow, fly spray, etc.

        If you already have the tall storage unit, I'd advise you to keep it. You will surely find a use for all the space, and it's much more sturdy to securely house your stuff than a 4-drawer plastic bin.

        Do you have a basement or other out of the way storage space? You can keep the things you won't need on a regular basis out of the way there. I'm with you on not storing a lot in your trailer and hauling it all around.

        I have a barn and pleny of space for stuff in it, but I keep most of the lesser-used items or more valuable items in the house to keep it away from dust/dirt, temperature changes, raccoons, and whatever else might affect it in the barn. Besides the things needed for daily chores, my barn has halters/leadropes, grooming tools, fly spray, a toolbox, and basic first aid items.


        • Original Poster

          Thanks - No I haven't bought that vertical unit yet - now I'm hesitating if I really "need" it vs. just some better bin setups and the small stuff going into that drawer unit I do have :P I might wait it out further to when things are in use buy later.
          My back porch is off our walk-out finished basement. Hubby wasn't too thrilled of the idea of me bringing anything inside, but I told him in summer the saddles are coming in for sure! Porch is about 150' from the gate and water trough, then another several hundred to where their shelter will be. I really don't plan to put anything in the shelter until a storage "room" gets built in there, but the hubby had mentioned it as a spot to use. I'll still keep a few key items right down at the gate, between a halter/lead and the 'spray of the season.'

          Our house is almost a 1/4mile off the road.

          I camp weekends roughly 1x month during our main season (May-Oct), and then haul out at least one or two times a month to ride elsewhere when weather is good. I do need to do a purge and re-org but I always say "what if X breaks on a ride?!" lol Some stuff I know I haven't touched in years other than to move it, yeah time to re-eval!
          The trailer has s lockable DR area (but that area really doesn't keep my tack), and have a lock I can put on my rear tack door that I will need to start doing as it will be "out in the open" as opposed to how it is where I board being fairly secluded.
          Last edited by paintedtrails; Sep. 10, 2019, 04:09 PM.
          RIP Traveler & Tesla <3


          • #6
            I would not leave anything in the trailer that I couldn't afford to lose, whether that's a break-in on your property or at the trail head on a day ride.

            Your leather may need to come upstairs into the climate controlled part of the house, if you live in a humid area.

            You might in general be thinking about security for the whole property. I know that electric gates coupled with good fence/hedge along the property line that faces the road are common here in our exurbs. If you trust all the farms that face you back and sides, and they have decent security, you can keep a lot of things out. If you don't trust your neighbors or their visitors or kids on one side, that's a whole other lookout.