It’s the dead of winter here in the Midwest, which means bitter cold temps, grey skies, snow and ice. I’m still faithfully trekking out to the barn to ride (thanks to our wonderful indoor arenas!), but I can’t help but dream about summer horse shows. You know, where the sun is shining, and I’m not racing to finish my ride as quickly as possible because I think my toes have frostbite. Our small group of show-goers has this winter tradition that we call “The Horse Show Fairy.” See, this “fairy” comes when winter is particularly nasty and drops off little reminders of show season like a new crop, hoof polish, etc. This year the coalition of horse show fairies has decided to get together and organize our tack stall.
Spoiler alert: the horse show fairies are just us, buying stuff for each other. You’re world is rocked, I know. Anyways, we really want to work on organizing our little tack stall at shows. So I’m looking for ideas from ya’ll. What do you love about your tack stall? Does your trainer have an awesome system for storing grain? Or maybe you saw this AMAZING bridle hook in someone else’s stall at a show last year. I WANT TO KNOW.
We don’t travel to big shows, so our setup is pretty rudimentary, but here’s what we’re thinking so far:
- Color-coded milk crates stacked into shelves for grain
- Whiteboard with riding and showing schedules, plus feeding instructions
And what we already have:
- Stall cards and blanket chains for each stall
- Tack trunks
I think our biggest problem is that we each bring everything — we’re all very self-sufficient. We don’t mind downsizing a bit, and borrowing things during the show, but we need a way to place them in the tack stall so that everyone knows “oh hey, this hose is for community use.” I think our biggest loss of space is the walls — we store everything on the ground. For example, each person brings their own saddle rack, which takes up a lot of space on the ground!
I’ve been pursuing this website: The Organized Barn & Trailer, which sells wire organizing solutions, which would be cheaper than the custom wood options you typically see at big show barns. Does anyone have any experience with his company and their products?