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  • Tack rooms - storing blankets and little used saddles

    I'm primarily looking for suggestions for hanging or storing winter blankets in the tack room. I don't use them often but want them easy to access.

    I also have a couple of old saddles that I would like to store. How is the best way to do that?

    I'm setting up a new tack room so any ideas are appreciated. Thanks.

  • #2
    For the blankets - what about a collection of Rubbermaid totes, labeled, that you can stack on a set of shelves you'd get from Home Depot? We do something sort of like that - we have the shelves, and have one shelf per horse, and try to keep them folded neatly (failing most of the time, but...). Totes would be better because they wouldn't get dusty in the off season.

    Store the old saddles with covers on a rack that supports them from underneath. Don't stack them on top of each other or the weight will press the flocking into the rack and you'll end up with ridges. If they're really valuable, store them in the house where you won't have to worry about mold and critters.


    • #3
      Originally posted by betsyk View Post
      For the blankets - what about a collection of Rubbermaid totes, labeled, that you can stack on a set of shelves you'd get from Home Depot? We do something sort of like that - we have the shelves, and have one shelf per horse, and try to keep them folded neatly (failing most of the time, but...). Totes would be better because they wouldn't get dusty in the off season.
      I do the totes. A piece of duct tape across the front with some writing lets me know exactly which blanket(s) are in each. The heavy winters are usually one per tote, while I can stack all of my wool coolers in another, etc.


      • #4
        I have the big totes. Labeled by size/weight. All my square coolers, scrim, and irish knits are in other totes. Labeled. (I have a lot of blankets!!). Makes it easy to pull out what you need when you need it.

        Saddles- I've not ridden in a few years. I have one schooling saddle in a trunk in the barn. The other 8 I have in the house. I bought a 4 tier steel saddle rack off ebay and put it in my office in a corner. I put pads under/over each saddle as well as covers. All my bridles are in a trunk in the storage barn. Most likely headed for ebay soon!


        • #5
          I found totes to be too cumbersome. I've switched to storing all my blankets & sheets in Ziploc's giant bags. For me, the XL size will hold three turnout sheets or a medium weight turnout blanket and a turnout sheet (possibly two). Most of my beastie clothing ranges from 78"-84", BTW. They have a handy place to write labels and the bags also have a built-in handle. If I lay them flat and press the air out as I zip the bags up, I can stack them on their sides or stand them upright- at the house or in the barn.

          I think I'd have to bring a saddle home for long-term storage....
          Y'all ain't right!


          • #6
            Here's how I store my blankets:
            fold in half on backseam, lie down with surcingle side on top.
            Put surcingles and legstraps on the fabric, put a dryer sheet on top.
            Then fold in half again down from the back seam and up from the bottom.
            Go to the tail end and roll the blanket up tightly like a sleeping bag, then tie
            tightly with baling twine.
            Take a piece of masking tape, put it under the baling twine and stick it back on itself. Then you can write on it the size, horses name or whatever.
            I have about 20 blankets stored this way in an armoire that my neighbors put out on the curb
            Stored thusly, it's easy to move them around and pull out what you need without having to refold everything and also easy to grab a dress sheet or whatever and throw it in the trailer to go to a show.
            "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin


            • #7
              What? You mean none of you people do the "put the saddle on a rack, and then stack a teetering pile of blankets on top of it" method?

              I'm shocked.


              • Original Poster

                Thanks for the ideas. Right now, mine are in the giant zip lock bags, but my bags are just lying there. I'm wondering if I have one of those big old wooden hope chests in a storage locker. Maybe I could put the bags in there, or roll them up and use smaller zip lock bags, or maybe the Rubbermaid totes on a shelf. Or, look for an armoir type of thing?
                Thanks for the ideas. I guess I'll just have to see how it goes.
                But, hanging them for winter, just gets them dusty, I suppose.


                • #9
                  Space Bags!
                  Keeps the banket clean, no bugs and takes up waaaay less space.

                  Then put the space bags inside a plastic tote, label and stack on a shelf. I have a tote for each horse so all their blankets, shipping stuff is together (they come in as retirees, so "shipping gear" is rarely used again).

                  I figure $10 for a Space Bag to protect a $200 blanket is a small investment.
                  You're entitled to your own opinion, not your own facts!


                  • Original Poster

                    Thanks. That is what my husband suggested I'll look into them.


                    • #11
                      Be careful with the space bags. They are very easy to rip. I bought a set of them for my winter clothes and I picked the bag up and it ripped. I use the tote method as well.


                      • #12
                        I have a big PVC rack that allows me to stack 12 rubbermaid (big!) totes so that I can pull them out individually without moving all the ones on top or nearby. VERY nice.

                        However, I don't store my blankets in those . . . when I get them back from the blanket cleaner in summer/fall, they are usually individually bagged in big plastic trash bags. This works perfectly--they're already clean and in the bags they stay until they're needed. Usually I keep them on the roof of my tack room, in a little crawl space up there by the hay loft. It's dusty up there, but they stay clean and dust-free (and out of my way).

                        In the spring after I let them dry and knock the mud off, but before I send them back to the blanket cleaner's, back up in the crawl-space they go--before I ship them off for cleaning I shake off the dust and they're ready to clean and STILL not in my way.

                        If I have a saddle that's not getting used, I just put a saddle cover on after a "spa treatment" with lederbalsam. My tack room stays pretty clean and dust-free, and is insulated, de-humidified, and kept at a minimum of 40 degrees (so my pipes don't freeze!) and so the tack isn't exposed to huge extremes of temperature/humidity.
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                        • Original Poster

                          I think the saddl cover is a good idea. This is a new tack room and I think that it will not be dusty - but that remains to be seen.. It still has a little work to be done in finishing it off inside.

                          Thanks for the recommendation that I check the strength on those vacuum bags.