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  • Saddle racks- other genius tack room ideas

    Well, I have a mixture of saddles to organize- mostly dressage, but the odd close contact, and 2 western saddles.

    What saddle racks work best and don't poke or damage the flocking on the 6k dressage saddles?

    I have built the closets- 3' x3', 8' tall so there's some space...
    would you use lots of hooks, or lots of baskets or prefer shelving... any great ideas you've seen? must have?

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    DH built some like this. They're heavy and not the least bit portable, but strong and don't damage the saddle panels.

    I use pegboard for my bits and girths. I saw one tack room where they had a strip of pegboard around the top of the tack room, near the ceiling, for extra bits. Since those bits were seldom used, it wasn't a big deal to have to occasionally get out a step stool to reach them.

    I have lots of hooks in my tack room for halters, leads, and spare leather goods. Complete bridles go on shaped bridle racks. Seldom used oddball crap goes in stacking plastic bins that's difficult for mousey critters to get in to.

    I don't like open bins because I'm not a neat freak and they end up full of stuff that doesn't belong there.

    Blankets and sheets are either folded and on shelves, or in trash cans in the "attic" space on top of the tack room.

    All drugs, medical supplies, bandaging stuff and extra grooming supplies are in a big salvaged glass front metal cabinet. Everyday stuff is on an open rack next to the x-ties.

    My barn is private, so I don't have to be concerned with other people's stuff.

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    • #3
      Here are some pictures from all kinds of odd places I have stored.
      I now prefer standing saddle stands, so I can move them around as needed, but may not work best in tack closets.
      Some of this may give you ideas:
      Attached Files

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      • #4
        these! hands down, these large diameter, powder coated free swinging models

        I am not recommending this vendor (or color) just an example.

        At one point I was overflowing with saddles, many too nice to get scratched or have their precious panels dented. I stumbled on these and they have been fantastic. I have a wall of them.

        They clean easy, they hold ANY type of saddle well - I've had heavy roping saddles from the 40's to big side saddles with leaping horns, to super long flap dressage saddles, etc. Currently they hold my driving harnesses.

        Each loop has a convenient bottom portion to hang a pad and girth if needed.

        But the best part is they're sturdy, and they don't dent panels.

        Go together in a snap too.
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        • #5
          I used regular hang on the wall saddle racks, but..

          Since all my saddles are custom, I "wrapped" each one in a roll of memory foam mattress topper stuff. Cut to depth of saddle rack, wrap 2x around, secure with.. wait for it... duct tape, then, so you don't look like you have a 4K saddle sitting on a PWT saddle rack, I cover each one with a plain white pillowcase, seam side out. Place saddle on rack, cover with matching covers (thank you Stubben (though only one saddle is) and you're all set.

          Did seven saddle racks and had my son help me. Entire project took less than an hour once we got the "prototype" right.

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          • #6
            2ndyrgal, do you have any pictures by chance?

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              #7
              Originally posted by 2ndyrgal View Post
              Since all my saddles are custom, I "wrapped" each one in a roll of memory foam mattress topper stuff.
              Intriguing, as I envision duct tape in all the wrong places, do you have any pics how it turned out?

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              • #8
                I saw these at an expo and thought they looked intriguing: http://www.saddlemattress.com/collec...addlemattress/
                http://www.lucysquest.blogspot.com

                Custom Painted Saddle Pads and Ornaments

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                • #9
                  I think that, while stored saddles can use good support, they also need airflow.
                  I am not sure I would like to put them where the bottom is not getting air, as in those saddle mattresses, unless they are made where air goes all around in there, they are not solid but made of some kind of mesh.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by buck22 View Post
                    these! hands down, these large diameter, powder coated free swinging models

                    I am not recommending this vendor (or color) just an example.
                    (...)
                    But the best part is they're sturdy, and they don't dent panels.

                    Go together in a snap too.
                    I have one like this, with only three tiers, and it also has hooks on the front to hang halters, etc. Really like it.

                    I put the western on the bottom for stability. The rack does have that one issue - When the western is off the rack, the weight needs especially to be evenly over the base. If not, it can tip.

                    But that's an issue most people, whose brains work better than mine, don't have.. (sigh)
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                    • #11
                      I don't have pictures

                      But essentially, I made "tubes" out of the foam padding, and just wrapped two turns of duct tape about 3 inches from each end. Think Tootsie Roll kind of, only wrapped tape tight enough to hold the tube shut, not tight enough to change the contour of it. So, it just looks like a big round tube pillow. I had the memory foam from an old mattress pad, I just cut it to fit with a utility knife, wrapped it around, had my son hold it "closed" while I taped each end. Cover with pillowcase.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Starhouse View Post
                        I saw these at an expo and thought they looked intriguing: http://www.saddlemattress.com/collec...addlemattress/
                        I have these. They are nice and do the job. Probably $10 of foam and duct tape could do the same thing but these are attractive looking.
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                        • #13
                          I always have a fat fluffy shaped saddle pad between the saddle and the rack.

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                          • #14
                            these are awesome, and they go on sale for 49 bucks at Tractor Supply: http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/stor...d-blanket-rack

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                            • #15
                              I am thinking of going with bucket racks in my new tackroom...

                              http://ansursaddle.com/support/saddle_care
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by BEARCAT View Post
                                I am thinking of going with bucket racks in my new tackroom...

                                http://ansursaddle.com/support/saddle_care
                                That's a genius idea!!!! And so cheap! Actually, You could also probably slip a bucket over a normal saddle rack if you already have saddle racks but don't want them to damage your saddle (if you believe the video when it says that they do damage the underside...)
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by BEARCAT View Post
                                  I am thinking of going with bucket racks in my new tackroom...

                                  http://ansursaddle.com/support/saddle_care
                                  Wow, that is an awesome idea!
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                                  • #18
                                    Just had a thought, for those of us with standard thin metal racks - how about putting these http://www.insul8it.com/EPDM_pipe_insulation.jpg over the metal?

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Wicky View Post
                                      Just had a thought, for those of us with standard thin metal racks - how about putting these http://www.insul8it.com/EPDM_pipe_insulation.jpg over the metal?
                                      Mr. PoPo did that with the saddle racks in the trailer.

                                      For my tack room saddle racks I have half-round plastic saddle racks that look like the bucket ones but are actual saddle racks. Can't remember where I got them but got them so they wouldn't leave marks on the saddle panels.
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                                      • #20
                                        Old time saddle racks were made out of slats.
                                        Best of both worlds, not so little supporting them the saddles may deform, not so solid they can't breathe underneath.

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