The November 2010 issue of Horse & Rider offers great organization tips in "Clutter Busters." Here are a few items that can help you on your road to having more organized spaces in your horse life.
Hold Your Horses Trailer-Door Organizer
Fourteen mesh pockets keep grooming tools and vet supplies handy and visible while allowing dust and dirt to pass through; 600-denier polyester fabric can be hosed-off after use. Measures 23 inches by 46 inches and is available in a variety of colors.
More info: 805-491-2067; holdyourhorsesca.com
Two Left Shoes Custom Tack-Room Organizer/Blanket Rack and Tool Hanger
Handmade by Canadian blacksmith Gilbert Roy, these bridle holders/blanket racks and tool organizers add Western flair to the tack room while keeping your items organized. Made of genuine polished, painted, and varnished horseshoes, the racks can be custom-ordered specifically for your space requirements.
Price: from $125
More info: 604-530-5772; ticketyboofarm.ca
Burlingham Western Saddle Trunk
Store your show saddle, tack, and vet and show supplies in one convenient location that's ready to roll on 10-inch wheels when it's time to travel. Interior includes two bridle racks and three hooks for strap goods, a sliding tray for smaller items, and a removable towel/saddle-pad bar. Flip-up lid includes a mirror for last-minute touch-ups.
More info: 909-590-7774; burlinghamsports.com
Classic Equine Bandage/Stall Bag
Keep everyday items in easy reach on the front of your horse's stall. Take it along when it's time to travel. Ideal for wraps, flymasks, boots, grooming tools, spurs, etc. Made of 420-denier nylon with large pockets and a handy shelf. Hangs almost anywhere with its nylon rope. 30 inches x 24 inches x 7 inches.
More info: Manufactured by Classic Equine; available from SmartPak Equine, 877-885-2904; smartpakequine.com
Freedom Filer Home Filing Kit
Organizing paperwork is one of the most challenging barn tasks. The Freedom Filer, developed for home and office use, is an organizing system that allows you to keep track of tax records, vaccination and health records, registration papers, and insurance policies. File colors and tabs let you know to purge certain items when renewal policies arrive; tax files work on a two-year schedule so that receipts from the new year never mix with the old.
More info: 866-553-4537; freedomfiler.com
SmartPak Stand 'N Store Step Stool
Here's a handy storage space for grooming tools that also gives you a leg-up for banding manes or clipping ears. Handle allows for easy transport. Removable tray and roomy storage block hold all your grooming supplies. Holds 300 pounds!
More info: 877-885-2904; smartpak.com
Rubbermaid Deluxe Tool Tower
Keep barn tools in a handy stand that fits easily in corners. Holds up to 40 tools! Casters add mobility to put tools where you need them.
More info: Available through amazon.com
See the November 2010 issue of Horse & Rider for clutter-busting tips that will make your barn an organizational dream come true.