New Year’s Resolutions.
Have you thought about your New Year’s resolution for 2015? To lose weight, eat better or maybe be more organized? Have you noticed over the last few months that stuff in your stable or tack room isn’t where it should be? Have you over or under ordered feed simply because you didn’t notice where that last bag went? Well wonder no more, we have the top 10 tips to help you get your stable organized within an inch of its life, and make your life easier. Whether it’s just you, or you have a team of staff in and out of your work area, we have it covered.
- Feed bins. By which we mean large plastic ones preferably on wheels with clear lids. The type where you can see in an instant how much you have left and have a large enough opening that you can easily get a scoop in there. The wheels will make it easier to move when full. Another option is if you are already using a 45 gallon plastic barrel, then get round pot plant holders on wheels to sit underneath. This will create mobility and keep the barells off the floor.
- Moveable stands for horse blankets. This tall metal stand allows you to hang at least half a dozen blankets at any given time. To make it even easier, have your rack on castors so that you can move it out into the sun once the weather warms up to air them out or dry them off after cleaning.
- Store Jumping Poles using standard gutter brackets. Place them on the wall so that the jumping poles lie horizontally on a wall. Store them indoors or on the side a building. Mud free, clean and easy to grab.
- How about a whip holder that can also store brooms, manure forks and shovels either for the barn or trailer? A PVC plumbing tube attached vertically to the wall with a gutter bracket and a cap on the bottom will keep your tools off the ground and out of the way. This is also an excellent idea for the trailer.
- Feeding stations. White boards above feed bins to chart what feed, when, and to whom. A shelf with clearly labelled supplements in clear containers so you can easily see when they need restocking.
- Fabric wardrobe organizers. You know the ones, perfect for storing your sweaters in your wardrobe. They attach by velcro to your clothes rail. Perfect size for Polo and boot storage. Sort by color, size or horse.
- The type that clip onto a mesh sheet that you can fix to the stable wall or trailer. You can simply lift off the basket when you need something. Attach step ladders, paper towel, grooming products and horse blankets all with the ease of hooks. Soon enough you will have a place for everything.
- A Bit wall. Hang nails and hooks so that you can keep all your horse bits on the one wall. If you put them in behind a glass door they will remain dust free.
- Saddle Racks. An inexpensive way to store saddles is to attach a PVC pipe horizontally to the wall. By using PVC you can select the perfect length to suit the size of your saddle.
- Bridle storage. A line of hooks on the wall with labels is the perfect spot for all your bridles. Hang them up high enough so they don’t drag on the floor.
So, best of luck to you and we hope if you make organizing your barn this year’s resolution that you can use our tips. Feel free to add some ideas to the Abler Pinterest page and also share what works for you at home or work. Your clever time and space saving idea might be what your fellow horse lover has been looking for.
Happy New Year!