Saddle lockers come in different sizes and designs and cost a lot of money depending on the features. It is not uncommon for horse lovers to build their own cupboard or have one made. Discarded army lockers or old wardrobes are also often converted to house horse and rider equipment. This has the advantage that a lot of storage space can be created for the accessories and the cupboard can be designed according to one's own wishes with appropriate bridle and saddle holders and compartments.
But what shouldn't be missing in your closet? Here is a checklist of horse accessories that should not be missing from your saddle cupboard.
Of course, the most expensive accessory is and remains the saddle, and you should store it well and safely. To prevent theft, get a good lock for your sturdy saddle locker. Some riders prefer to use several saddles for one horse, for example a dressage saddle and a jumping saddle or a treeless saddle in addition to the eventing saddle. In this case, care should be taken to ensure that each of the saddles has its own saddle rail.
Saddles are also equipped with a girth, stirrup leathers and stirrups. It is best to buy some good care products for your saddle, e.g. saddle soap and leather grease. Regular care is the only way to keep the leather soft and prevent it from becoming porous.
The saddle pad is important to prevent chafing on the horse. Usually there are clean blankets ready to be changed if a blanket is very dirty. The saddle blanket does not have to be shaped like a saddle pad, although the saddle pad is the most common form of saddle blanket. This is because it offers plenty of space to have the horse's name embroidered on it, and it is available in many colours and designs.
The horse equipment further consists of a Bridle. Usually riders have not just one, but a choice of different bridles, bitless and bit, different halters, or fitted with different bits.
A halter for leading and tying up the horse should of course not be missing. A rope should also be attached to it. The halter can be made of leather, padded or simple.
As soon as the temperatures rise and the first flies start to bother your horse, it makes sense to put fly protection in the form of fly fringes on the halter. Another possibility is a fly mask. A fly mask has the advantage that it can be put on the horse without a holder.
A well-equipped grooming box is essential for horse care. It should contain various horse brushes for sensitive and less sensitive areas of the horse, a hoof scraper, scissors, a mane comb as well as care sprays and hoof care products.
The horse brushes can be made of different materials and thus press more or less hard on the horse's skin. Flexible horse brushes adapt to the rider's hand and the horse's body.
Grooming sprays for skin care and for repelling flies should not be missing in any cupboard. Other horse accessories in the grooming box could be a rasp so that small edges on the hooves can be repaired without the farrier.
In the summer months, a welding knife is also a great helper in your grooming assortment. After showering the horse, you can simply "peel off" the water on the horse's coat.
You should also have a few first aid items on hand, such as a fever thermometer, antibacterial spray and bandages.
A lunge line is often needed for ground work. Other utensils for ground work are the knotted halter, the cavesson, a longer comfortable rope and a whip or crop. You will also need a lunge for lunging the horse. You can put a lungeing harness on your horse for lunging. This gives you the option of lunging your horse with a halter or triangle reins.
You can also attach a body bandage to the lungeing belt. The body bandage is stretched from one side of the lungeing belt backwards under the hindquarters to the other side of the lungeing belt. It is meant to encourage the horse to keep the hindquarters more active and is a great tool for muscle building but also for daily training.
For sensitive horses, a suitable rain rug or lined outdoor blankets should be stowed in the locker. In the summer months it is advisable to have a fly blanket ready. A fly blanket for riding out keeps annoying horseflies away in summer.
For the colder season, a sweat rug is important to protect the horse from cooling down after work and to transport the sweat from the coat to the outside.
For pole work, jumping or riding in rough terrain, it is advisable to protect the horse's legs. In addition to various types of gaiters, the rider can also use hoof bells, bandages or boots. If the horse has to be transported, transport boots protect the horse's sensitive legs.
The rider's equipment can also be conveniently stored in a spacious wardrobe. If you have to go straight from work to your horse, you can put on your breeches in the stable and don't have to spoil your work colleagues with the smell of the horse.
Riding boots are usually dirty and so it is advisable to keep them in your wardrobe. Rubber boots and stable shoes for muddy meadows are also good to have in your wardrobe.
Of course, a well-fitting riding helmet should not be missing from your equipment. Safety first, even when riding. The helmet protects your head and ensures that you can roam safely and calmly through the woods and meadows.
As you can see, a saddle cupboard contains many treasures and cannot be big enough. There are even riders who cannot manage with one cupboard and buy a second one to store all their horse equipment.