I have a very cute two horse, slant load trailer. I don’t have a proper barn at my home so the trailer tack room is the only tack room I have. As most of you are aware, horse people have a tendency for acquiring lots of tack/horse related stuff. There are things in my tack room that I don’t recall purchasing. They just appeared in there. My tack collection has started to spilled into my husband’s shop. I have a little corner that is mine. I keep all the winter blankets there, plus two saddles and several saddle pads.
This spring I have decided to clean out what I really don’t need. We have a 4-H tack swap each year and I started there. I sold quite a few items which gave me some extra cash in my pocket. I’ve also just gotten rid of a lot of things that I no longer need and I know I won’t be able to sell. But even with this purge, I was still struggling with all the splint and bell boots I have.
For the past 7 years I have been keeping all those horse boots in a large bag. Problem is, that if I want my red boots and they are in the bottom of the bag, I have to take everything out. Annoying! What is a girl to do when looking for organization solutions? Pinterest of course!
After a quick search, I found the perfect solution. Velcro on the walls of my trailer to attach the boots to, perfect! A quick trip to my local Hobby Lobby was fruitful. I purchased Black 2" wide Stick-On Hook & Loop Industrial Strips. I got a coupon from Hobby Lobby’s web site for 40% off of one item for a total cost of $7.00. Score!
I wiped off the wall I wanted to put the boots on and then carefully applied the Velcro with the hooks as the top row because it sticks better to the splint boots. I then used the strip with the loops for the bell boots just below the first strip. I made sure that there was enough room between the two strips so that the splint boots and bell boots don't overlap. I had to cut the 4 foot strips in half to fit in my trailer but it worked just fine.
I can't believe I waited so long to do this project. It took me about 5 minutes to complete and I'm so happy with it. No more annoying bag of boots to dig through.
What tack room organization hacks have you used? Feel free to share in the comment section below.
Courtney brings over 25 years of horse experience to the arena. She has spent time in the show ring competing with Saddlebreds in show pleasure and equitation. While competing in that discipline she had several undefeated years with too many championships to list. She then made the transition into rodeo where she competed in barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, and goat tying. Courtney found her true passion when she tried Cowboy Mounted Shooting. After just one ride she was hooked. Since then she has won State and Regional buckles, qualified for the CMSA World Championships several times, and placed 7th in the world in 2014.