From Endurance to Dressage
I moved to the ranch about 6 weeks ago. I gave you a small tour here and here. I thought I would give you a look at our tack room because I LOVE organizing things. I wish more people would post photos of their tack rooms. Even if I've seen them before, I love looking at how everyone sets up their barns, feed rooms, and tack rooms. So come on, please share!
This is what you see when you walk in the door. It's a little overwhelming at first.
If you stand at the back of the tack room and look towards the door, things are little more organized. This building serves as a tack room, feed room, and catch-all for things related to ranch life.
From the doorway, I have a shelving unit on the left side of the building near the window. I love the natural light, but we do have electricity in this barn (oh, hallelujah - it's the first time in more than 12 years!). The black trunk and purple blanket bag on the right are also mine as are the big tubs on the counter.
The top shelf is for storage buckets and rags that I rarely use. Those buckets have LidLocker lids which are awesome for traveling, but they're leftovers from my endurance days. The second shelf holds a purple tote filled with liquid medications like Betadine and White Lotion. Next to that is a tub of leg wraps. The next two bins hold odds and ends like bits and chains and other metal things.
The third shelf holds saddle pads and tubs for medications. The one on top is my first aid box. It has my thermometer, stethoscope, syringes, and other medications that need to be more sterile. The old SmartPak drawer holds bandaging material like vet wrap, telfa pads, and cotton gauze.
The fourth shelf holds two jugs of treats (they're tucked in the back on the left), my boots, my helmet/gloves, and my grooming bag. Behind that stuff are three pair of DSB leg boots. In front of all of that hang my two working bridles and spurs. I have more than a half a dozen bridles back at home.
On the bottom shelf, I store my braiding box, fly spray, shampoo bucket, electrolytes, and all of my tack cleaning stuff. Things on this shelf tend to be leaky so they are as near to the ground as I can get them!
To the right of my shelving unit is my saddle and a couple of garbage cans that I've used for feed storage. Now that my feed isn't stored outside, I can scoop directly from the bags. I hang my wet pads over the step ladder.
Since my boys are both on Platinum Performance (white bucket on the left with upended buckets on top), I hardly need any supplemental feed. The two bags with the rolled over tops are mine. Right now, both boys get beet pulp with a handful of senior feed on top. I was using it to disguise Izzy's Methocarbamol, now I just need to get rid of it.
This is a great feed/tack room: it's rodent proof, super dry, light and airy, and keeps most of the dust at bay. And as an added bonus, there aren't a bunch of people using it!
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.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%