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Dirty And Disorderly Tack Rooms


Dirty & Disorderly Tack Room, originally uploaded by elefanterosado.

If your tack room has this shamefully disgraceful, messy look about it, it may be time for a reorg. Yep, it’s part of the course syllabus. Now, can you spot at least five things wrong in this tack room? (I can spot more than ten.) For one thing, hay should never be kept in a tack room, unless you like being poked in the scalp by the odd timothy-alfalfa strand that lands in your hard hat, your horse enjoys being goosed in the back by hay clinging to the saddle pad, and hay padding the toes of your paddock boots is a welcome sensation.

Also, plopping as many as eight miscellaneous items on top of your saddle (here I see a fly sheet, saddle pad, cooling fleece and maybe even a gel pad) is an obvious non-starter. A pitchfork is hardly the place to hang your fly masks and half chaps (as illustrated here). One’s grooming box (in the foreground) is no place to aimlessly throw your hard hat and the odd bottle of bleach. The lids of plastic containers should actually close properly. Do not reinforce with duct tape and God-knows-what-else. The owner of this sorry cubicle is obviously asking for mice. And sweeping once in awhile wouldn’t be a bad thing either. Final Mark: F.