I learn a lot about what to put in my tack room by looking at my friend's. I got the idea for the trailer mirror and the non-scented wipes from one of them recently.
This is a little tour of my trailer tack room--some tools of the trade that I've found helpful to have with me. What do you keep in yours? Anything that has been extremely helpful?
1. 15' lead out of yacht rope--and a rope halter by Andrea at Mustang Saga.
This is my absolute favorite halter and lead. I use it for all my horses at different times. When Beautiful pulled back the other day it was not a problem because the yacht rope has multiple layers that slide under each other making it much easier to loosen up after a thousand pounds of horse just tightened the slip-knot. It also has better "feel" and weight which gives me better communication with the horse on the other end. And, I only use rope halters for the same reason, better communication. I don't even own a nylon halter anymore.
2. Life time Brand Inspections on all my horses--even the ones I don't have anymore.
3. Grooming Supplies in portable tubs.
I haul with two, one for me and one for whoever is riding with me. We usually tack up on opposite sides of the trailer, so we can tote them around with us.
4. Manure Rake.
You don't want to leave manure piles at the trail head.
5. Fly Spray.
A must-have around here. I wouldn't even think of not spraying my horse before we take off on the trail. I also haul with two riding masks--one with ears and one without and nose net. I put them both in my saddle bags and use whichever works best for the day. It helps Cowboy with his head-shaking. I use the Cashel masks.
6. Various Supplies:
Extra leather ties, hole-punch, kleenex, garbage bags, towel, scissors, knife, vet wrap, ice pack, gauze, book on equine first-aid, lint-roller for all the hair, hair-ties for me, hair-ties for the horse, leather conditioner, and other little knick-knacks.
7. Collection of Helmets.
8. Bridles, bits and blankets.
The yacht-rope Mecate is my daughter's favorite. We had it custom made about six years ago. Each bridle belongs to a certain horse. Also, each horse has a blanket.
Here you can see my tack-room mirror--$14.95 from the Trailer Supply Company.
10. Training Supplies: Stick and flag--I use a garbage bag for the flag.
11. Bamboo pole for gentling beautiful.
I don't use this anymore, but wanted to take a picture to show you what one looks like. Nowadays I use it to stir the vitamins and grain for the horses.
I love bling, but it doesn't love me.
I thought I wanted red boots, but after trying them on, I realized I can't do bling. I'm going back to my brown Durangos.
However, this blingy orange coat was Juuuuussssst right. Instead of wearing an orange bib during hunting season, I'm going to wear this orange jacket from LLBean--on sale now for $45.00. Love it! Now I can ride easy and not worry about being shot. Do you think they'll see me coming?
What do you love?