From Endurance to Dressage
This one is not from the endurance world. I am not even sure it's dressage related. It doesn't matter which discipline they were first designed for, I would use portable tack racks even if I rode elephants! Portable tack racks can be found in most any catalog or online store. I bought my latest one at Smartpak for $7.95. There is no end to where you can hang these things. If my husband would let me, I'd probably use them in the house, too!
One reason that I like this particular model is that the hooks swivel and lay flat if bumped. Since mine are hanging in the barn aisle-way, I have to be especially cautious as fractious horses make their way down the aisle, and a fixed-hook hanging at eye level is a disaster waiting to happen. Unfortunately, not all of our boarders are as concerned with safety as I am so there are some tack racks that hook over the top of the feeders that don't have the same safety features as the model that I prefer.
Speedy G's feeder & "necessities"
I have one hanging on Speedy G's feeder where I hang his halter/lead rope and bell boots. Since we have a pretty small barn, I don't have to worry about things "walking off."
Sydney's feeder with his "necessities"
I have a second one hanging on Sydney's feeder where I also keep his halter/lead rope and a bottle of fly spray. Again, small barn, nice people, fly spray is there each morning.
Extra tack hangers for my trailers rear tack room
I have a third one hanging in my horse trailer. My trailer has two sets of mounted bridle racks (the other one is to the left), but they just don't give me enough room for all of the things that I like to keep hanging in the tack room: fly masks, rake, rump-rug, bucket hangers, spare halter/lead rope, spare lead rope, cross ties for stringing hay bags, and other miscellaneous items.
With the portable tack rack I now have room for my riding tack: bridle, helmet, breast collar, and crupper.
By the way, I love this purple one as it is brightly colored and much easier to see than the black ones. I wish I'd bought more when I got this one!
Many endurance riders have a tack rack hanging on the other side of the wall, which would be the entrance of the trailer. They hang their rakes and blankets there. I was always hesitant to store rakes and tack in the horse compartment as that just seemed too risky for my comfort level. But for camping, it would be a great way to store blankets when the horses are not in the trailer.
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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