Mobile tack corral(la)
|April 5, 2012||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
Having a pile of riding gear and tack in the back of my corolla was not exactly what I had envisioned when I knew that at least for a month or two, my trailer and horse were going to be in different locations, and I wouldn’t have access to onsite tack storage initially.
Considering that my trunk is filled with my bike gear, and a dog crate, not to mention a bumper mounted bike rack blocking most easy access, I had to organize my every-day horse gear in the back seat into some sort of system that didn’t make me go crazy(er).
Finally went by Target this afternoon and picked up 2 flexible sided plastic thingys with handles and for ~10 bucks I’m now semi-organized.
Into one container went my riding gear – boots, crop, chaps, helmet, gloves etc. Into the second went Farley’s gear – bridle (thank goodness for biothane – it doesn’t mind being tossed into a pile), reins, renegades, feed supplements, grooming, rasp etc. These 2 containers are on the back seat, pushed together, and occupy 2/3 of the length (one seat + the middle). On top of the containers goes 2 saddle pads, which make a makeshift saddle rack for the saddle. It’s neat and tidy and takes up substantially less room than it once did.
Considering that I have to either carry my tack from my car to the tacking area, or tack up at my car, having everything in containers that is easily transportable is key. In addition to making them easier to carry, the flexible containers are really handy for squeezing into tight spaces, especially when filled with non-rigid things like tack and clothing. The first “squeezable” container I bought was over the summer in Colorado – a market basket – and it’s absolutely wonderful, and while I had planned on getting a more traditional “rubbermaid” container for the backseat, when I saw these for about the same price I knew they would be perfect.
I did take pictures, but I’m tired, it’s late, and they aren’t very good. Except they do have Tess in them – and that makes anything a good picture. Anyways. Pics in a later post when there’s sunshine and I’m tacking up (tomorrow????) I promise.
Of course, if I ever get in an accident it will probably be death-by-flying-tack.
My Mother instilled in me at an early age that any object in the car becomes a flying death missile during collusion, but considering that other likely routes of death in car include,
-death by puppy distraction
-death by plethora of coffee cups in passenger compartment
-death by overloaded backpack
-death by radiation from plethora of electronic devices
-death by strangulation from power cords
-death by blunt force trauma due to lack of light (none of my interior lights work currently).
-death by asphixiation of dirt and dog hair
I’m pretty sure that death by bit-turned-into-speeding-missile is the least of my worries at this time.