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What makes your Tack/feed room Great?

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  • What makes your Tack/feed room Great?

    Lurker, newbie here...

    I'm in the barn planning stages right now. The barn will be 5 stalls plus a large tack/feed room. The cleaning supplies will have their own space out of the the tack room.

    I have the husband convince that I need both hot and cold water sink, plus another place to fill waterbuckets up and a bar fridge and counter space. He wants to add a toilet to it as well.

    So what makes your tack/feed room really great? What would you add that you didn't think of before, or what wouldn't you add?

    Thank you

  • #2
    This may be a non issue for you with your design - but our tack room is essentially a stall that is located in the interior of the barn - no windows, no ventilation. It gets grossly humid and moldy in there every summer. So, windows! Also, having a bunch of counter space is really handy for mixing up feed/medicine etc.


    • #3
      We took our friends kitchen cabinets when they remodled. We hung a couple and I have one of the floor pieces for my counter space. Never too much storage and they look nice to boot. DH took the rest for his garage/shop area
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      • #4
        I love my feed room. It's a 12x12 insulated room with a hot and cold utility sink, a counter height fridge, a 6 foot Home Depot kitchen counter, and wire shelving (solid shelving gets dusty!) all over the place. We have three garbage cans lined with bags for grain storage, along with a pallet for grain bag storage. Between the sink and fridge I have an old butcher block island (2.5x2.5) from our old house. Our wash bay is right next to the feed room to share the hot and cold water lines, so that's where I fill buckets (I can pull the hose into the feed room if I need to). Tongue and groove wood walls (liek the rest of the barn), brushed concrete floor. Sky light the top foot of the outer wall.

        Once suggestion if you buy a HD ready made counter -- buy some pressed cedar board and nail it to the back of the counter before putting it up against the wall. It will deter mice and bug access.
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        • #5
          I think that the best feature in tackrooms I have seen is room, enough room for all the saddles and supplies and room to set a cleaning station, that can be just a saddle rack and a bridle hook.

          Some barns had very crowded tackrooms and that made the prettiest tackrooms not very functional.


          • #6
            Ah, tackrooms. I just spent the afternoon yesterday reorganizing mine, and when it's done (almost there!) I want to take some pictures.

            Central to the reorg is one of those giant bin stackers where you can put 12 LARGE rubbermaid bins without having to stack them one on top of the other. Each one just slides out, so you don't have to move piles back and forth when the stirrup leather you're looking for is (inevitably!) in the bottom bin. I heartily recommend one of those.

            My tack/feed room is 12 x 16 feet and I wish instead of square footage I had more WALL SPACE. The center of the room is inevitably empty, but every INCH of the walls from floor to ceiling is occupied with bridle racks, trunks and their lids which need room to open, blanket bars, saddle racks, shelves, ribbon quilt, etc. etc. I've toyed with the idea of a big saddle rack (I have one, it's along the wall!) in the center for a saddle cleaning station, but in all honesty I usually clean my saddle at shows so it would probably never get used and therefore be a nuisance.

            Plan your wall space carefully. It's precious.

            I keep my grain in the tack room--just two garbage cans with lids for the horses, and one each (smaller) for the dog, cats, and chickens. I keep the hay out of there--no way would I put hay or bedding in the tack room, no matter how large. TOO messy.

            Hot and cold water is wonderful, but I have a hose bib sticking out into the aisle so I don't have to bring buckets into the tackroom to fill. A nice big laundry sink with a tack hook hanging over it is great for cleaning bridles/harness, etc. I have a dehumidifier under the sink which really helps cut down on mildew. It makes the tack room a little warmer in summer, but not bad, and it does use some electricity, but my tack is worth it. In the winter we have a little electric heater built into the wall, and I just keep the tack room at 40 degrees. That's enough to keep the water pipe from freezing, and keeps the moisture down. And up here when it's 10 degrees outside, an escape to the 40 degree tackroom for a warm-up feels GREAT.

            I have a little dorm fridge which is handy for vaccines, meds, and a cold drink. It's a very tiny one, but I'm glad I have it.

            Make sure (a wise COTHer recommended this, something I just never thought about) you have nice, thick doormat outside the tackroom so you can wipe your feet when you go in--keeps the floor MUCH cleaner. Oh yeah, a mini Shop-Vac is priceless for when you forget.
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            • #7
              What makes it great is it is mine!

              In set up it sounds similar to Jazzrider's...

              I do keep my hose inside and when needed for watering or for the wash stall which is adjacent to it, I run the hose out through a doggie door. It works great as it serves as a way for the cats to get in and also to keep the hose from freezing in the winter. I have both hot and cold water...

              For my grain, I use metal cans not plastic...


              • #8
                Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                Central to the reorg is one of those giant bin stackers where you can put 12 LARGE rubbermaid bins without having to stack them one on top of the other. Each one just slides out, so you don't have to move piles back and forth when the stirrup leather you're looking for is (inevitably!) in the bottom bin. I heartily recommend one of those.
                OH, I need one of those! Where do you get them? That is the bane of my existance, the moving of the bins to find what I am looking for. And I will label them all so that I don't need to open each one to figure out what the heck is there.

                My favorite thing in my tack room is this:

                3-Tier Horse Saddle Rack

                I have 3 horses, so it is perfect, and you can use the space under the lowest saddle to stash stuff. And it does not take up too much wall space, and because it is not mounted on the wall, you can put hooks on the wall next to it. Mine is in a corner, which works out well. And all my saddles are in saddle covers:

                Dura-Tech Econoline Western Saddle Case

                Those help with mold, dust and spiders.

                My tack/feed room is also just a stall, so there is a window, and the stall front for air, and I do have a box fan mounted for airflow.
                There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                • #9
                  My advice is to think like a mouse. Sounds stupid, but think where they could get in/out, hide, nest. I know I hate opening a cabinet door or picking something up and finding a mouse nest. Mostly because I then think '' where there is a mouse , there could be a snake''.

                  Storage is also very important. Keeping important things that you use often within reach on a hook or shelf. Lighting is a great thing to have, I like directional lights that you can put where you need them. Ventilation/ air circulation with windows and ceiling fans. If you can, put some chairs and maybe a small table in or even a bench for changing boots etc.. If you live in a place that gets really cold, a heater is a luxury that you will really appreciate for lots of reasons. Good flooring that is both easy to clean and non-slip as well as good mud mats at the door. Put the breaker box for the electrical system in a safe, easy access place. If the barn is not close to the house, or if you don't get good cell reception, a phone with at least local service can be a real lifesaver.

                  Wal-mart, Target and dollar stores have all kinds of great stuff to organize and make your barn a place you really enjoy being. Have fun!!
                  Just cause you move to Texas, doesn't mean you are a Texan. After all, if a cat puts her kittens in the oven, It doesn't make them Bisquits.


                  • #10
                    Munchkin, here you go:


                    I suppose it would be nifty to have all matching bins, but by the time I rounded up all the stray ones I had stacked here and there, it turns out I have about enough to fill mine already. Not counting the two or five that live in my trailer . . . there are a lot of bins around this place!

                    I'm going to put a long piece of leftover wood on the top tier of mine and use it to stack my HUGE collection of saddle pads.

                    Hopefully I'll get done today and get a few pix.
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                    • #11
                      I think that most tack rooms would be better served with saddle racks that are movable, rather than saddleracks attached to the wall.
                      Easier to change when you need to and easy to move to clean around them:


                      We have two of the four arm ones, that can also be adapted to casters.

                      One advantage is that you can use the wall behind them to hang stuff you don't use much and leave the saddle racks in front of that, giving you so much more use of your space.


                      • #12
                        Got some pictures of my new stacking system for the bins, still a little cluttered (you should see the tack room now, it's GLEAMING!) but enough to show the apparatus. Also pics of my sink/shelving/tack hook apparatus and my little wall heater and ribbon quilt (made by fellow COTHer Scotchie)
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                        • #13
                          Two things:

                          1) My Tack Closet (designed by me/built by Mr. C'Mare): Left side Right Side


                          2) Dead Chest Freezer for feed storage: http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2...15305252zMbDNq

                          Close Up of Removable Dividers

                          Just poke into the Free section of Craig's List and/or post a WANTED notice on www.freecycle.org for your area.

                          They're rodent, horse, bug & moisture proof. A quick zap with the Shop-Vac and it's clean.
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                          • #14
                            Fully insulated wall and ceiling, concrete floor, 4 foot wide door, and tons of saddle pad racks


                            • #15
                              We have a de-humidifier in the summer and replace it come cold weather with a small, oil filled radiator which we keep set very low, around 45 degrees. Above those we have a four prong harness hook hanging for extra lead ropes, halters, girths, etc. We have another harness hook in the other corner on the same wall with spare buckets nested underneath it.

                              Mr. Wings installed a neat wooden rack meant for long handled tools up above our storage bins that we use to hang helmets on. It's just two boards mounted horizontally with holes pre-drilled in them. Pegs came with it that we tapped into the holes far enough apart to hang the helmets on. Below that we have three cheap metal blanket racks. The uppermost is mounted directly to the wall, the next two have wooden blocks making them jut out from the wall farther so the three are a series of steps and we can get a maximum amount of pads hung in a small area.

                              Saddle racks are on one short wall and half of one long wall. Feed bags are stored under one set of racks, plastic stacking drawers are under the other set. Behind the door are a row of bridle racks and we store the broom and lunge whip behind the door as well.

                              The tack room has one wide window up high for light/ventilation but above eye height. We have bridle racks mounted just below the window and two chairs along that window wall. Shop vac lives between the chairs and a case of water under a chair.

                              The final wall has wide wooden shelves that hold grooming supplies, small bins with shampoos and bathing stuff, fly sprays, liniment, hand tools, boxes of miscellaneous tack and, on top of the shelves (they are about bar height), we have small stacking bins with medications, gloves, bell boots, etc. Hanging on the wall above the shelves is one of those nifty small drawer units for screws, washers and nails. We keep hair nets, double end snaps, syringes, needles, etc in that. Next to that unit is an inexpensive whip holder we got from Dover.

                              Also sitting on the wooden shelves, tucked into the rear corner is a dorm sized refrigerator.

                              Best thing is the cement floor and locking door.
                              "If you would have only one day to live, you should spend at least half of it in the saddle."


                              • Original Poster

                                Wow thanks everyone...you all have given me some great ideas. And thank you for the pictures.

                                We are hopeing to have the barn built this fall, with move in date for the mares, next spring. So I'll post pictures during and when it gets built.

                                I can't wait it is going to be so much better for them...and me


                                • Original Poster

                                  Gloria and Everythingbutwings why do you like your cement floor so much?

                                  I was thinking of putting some form of flooring down, because I was concerned about the dust from cement as well as the coldness factor. I know I will not be able to convince my husband for infloor heat. Though it would be nice after riding during the winter.

                                  The barn is going to have a cement floor throughout.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by charlo View Post
                                    Gloria and Everythingbutwings why do you like your cement floor so much?

                                    I was thinking of putting some form of flooring down, because I was concerned about the dust from cement as well as the coldness factor. I know I will not be able to convince my husband for infloor heat. Though it would be nice after riding during the winter.

                                    The barn is going to have a cement floor throughout.
                                    I think a cement floor is easy to clean, and keeps things from tunneling. My tack room is just a stall, it has dirt floors, and I finally got fed up and put down big square patio pavers, it is so easy to clean now.
                                    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                                    • #19
                                      If you seal the cement (I just used regular all-purpose sealer) there is no dust. The cool floor is a bonus in the summer, and not an issue in the winter since I don't really keep the tack room all that "warm"--just enough to thaw my body and keep the pipes from freezing.
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                                      • #20
                                        We do the same as E-Wings, dehumidifier/summer and oil heater/winter. We also don't keep feed in the tackroom, nor saddle pads. Nothing soggy or damp may enter the tackroom!! We use blanket/cooler bars for the pads that are hung outside the tackroom, lining an inside grooming stall.
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