>> May 21, 2015 – equestrian woodworking
I've now had the tack locker in use since October, and thought I'd do a follow up on how it's been working out.
In short, pretty great:
I've made just a few changes from the way I thought I'd use it. Saddle pads ended up not fitting well in the door, so I am using it for my Connor binder, tack cleaning kit, and helmet. One clean Dressage pad and one clean AP pad are now folded neatly on top, while sweaty ones are with the rest of the barn's pads, drying in the sun on the pipe gate.
My other departure is hanging bonnets on the corkboard, which I thought I'd use for pictures and notes. But the pushpins work really well with the (amazing) bonnets (that JenJ made for us):
I keep two types of things in here: what I use on a daily basis for riding, and first aid. Everything I don't need very often, like my little plastic show trunk, shipping boots and blankets, are kept in the loft upstairs. Spare clean pads are kept at home. It's not big, but that means I don't end up with extra stuff in there that I don't really need.
Finally, I am very glad I left the "refrigerator handle" on it, because I've started a habit of going straight to the locker and hanging my keys on that handle when I get to the barn, and haven't lost my keys since! It's also really nice to have something to grab when my hands are full or when I'm wearing bulky gloves in the winter. No regrets.
But as far as the locker vs. trunk debate goes? I'm never going back to a trunk! I can find things so much faster now. If you ever have to make this decision, or have the option to build one yourself, go with a locker!