Your Guide for Choosing the Perfect Tack Trunk
Welcome to The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Perfect Tack Trunk For Your Horse.
A tack trunk is an essential staple for most equestrians.
In simple terms, a tack trunk is a large box that has the ability to hold, organize, and store your equipment and even your saddle if you buy or build a large enough tack trunk.
As an equestrian myself, one of the most important aspects of my program is organization.
A tack trunk is the perfect tool for ultimate organization, plus it can also help you store your show-only equipment and keep it in an easy-to-access area! Talk about prepped and ready for show season!
In this article, I am going to walk you through the ultimate guide to choosing the perfect tack trunk for your horse and for your needs as an equestrian.
We will discuss the different types and styles of tack trunks available, the materials used, what you should consider when choosing a tack trunk, and much more. Follow along and we will get started.
Understanding Tack Trunks
What is a tack trunk?
Many people may confuse a tack trunk with a tack box. They look very similar, but the main difference between a tack trunk and a tack box is that a tack box is usually on wheels and easier to maneuver around than some traditional styles of tack trunk.
Also, tack boxes are generally on the larger side. Each has its own specific uses, but they are pretty much the same thing.
Both a tack trunk and tack box are medium-large sized storage units for saddles, grooming equipment, show gear, boots, helmets, and anything else you may need in the barn or at the show.
Are there different types of tack trunks?
Yes, in fact, there are quite a few different styles that you can find tack trunks available in, not to mention, you are always able to build one to your very own standards if you are handy.
Here are the main styles of tack trunks available:
- Wood tack trunks
- Vinyl tack trunks
- Small tack trunks
- Medium tack trunks
- Large tack trunks
- Starter tack trunks
- Utility trunks
- Bit boxes/ bit tack trunks
- Bench-seat style tack trunk boxes
- Deluxe-style tack trunks
- Weather-resistant tack trunks
- Option to have wheels (can be added to most tack trunks available or applied at a later time.)
- Tack trunk accessories
Why are tack trunks essential for horse owners?
A tack trunk is an essential tool for any horse owner because it provides you with the ability to have everything you need at the touch of a finger.
Imagine, not having to walk back to the tack room five or ten times before you get on a horse because you forgot something again? That is a bonus to me!
Plus, as a horse trainer, it will save you time which ultimately saves you a lot of money in the long run. Tack trunks are easily put on wheels if they don’t already have them, making them a great way to be able to bring your tack room with you everywhere you go.
What type of materials are used in making tack trunks?
With all of the options available to choose from, one of the best ways to find the perfect tack trunk for your horse and your own needs would be to start out by deciding which material best suits your needs. The most common material used in tack trunks is wood, typically plywood, but other materials such as plastic and vinyl coverings have become increasingly popular.
If you are looking for a reliable source to learn how to build your own DIY tack trunk, check out this insightful article: How To Build A Tack Trunk by Tacktrunks.com
There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of wood or material for the tack trunk build. If you are looking for a lighter-weight trunk, choose a lightweight wood or material. If you are considering a waterproof tack trunk, make sure you choose a material resistant to weather for the build.
Key features of a good tack trunk
Now, the next most important thing is knowing what features make a good tack trunk. Some of the most important key features of a high-quality tack trunk include:
- Well made, by a reputable company that truly stands behind its product.
- Easy to use and comfortable to move around (If you prefer moving your trunk.)
- Great reviews
Here are some common questions regarding tack trunks and the answers:
- Can you use a regular storage box as a tack trunk?
I’m sure people do use regular storage boxes as tack trunks, but storage boxes are not built for a purpose like a tack trunk is.
- How long do tack trunks usually last?
Tack trunks can last for years or potentially a lifetime of use if they are cared for properly. Make sure you read all of the directions the manufacturer gives you regarding your tack trunk. That way you can make sure you are caring for it properly and giving it the greatest chance of longevity.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Tack Trunk
After you do some research and figure out exactly what type and style of tack trunk will best suit your needs, there are a couple of other things you may want to take into consideration. Think about how often you will move your tack trunk and what the ideal weight will be. Tack trunks tend to range in size from very small to very large, and are even able to hold multiple saddles!
Because tack trunks are an investment, you will want to think about how long you plan to use this tack trunk and whether or not your choice of tack trunk will live up to your expectations. There are options to purchase “starter trunks” which, depending on the brand and style, may not last as long as some other tack trunk styles.
If you need additional locks or security features, this is another factor to consider when selecting your tack trunk. Tack trunks are fully customizable if you order one, so make sure you have explored all of the options available. Some common security features available on tack trunks include:
- Special locking mechanisms
- Additional locks or security features (talk to the manufacturer for an idea of what can be put on each tack trunk.)
- Covers that can also secure the tack trunk
Beyond locking and security, you will also want to think about what type of storage compartments or organizational options will be most helpful for you. If you plan on using your new tack trunk to hold a lot of equipment, purchasing additional storage compartments may be beneficial to you. There are quite a few people who have multiple storage layout options for their tack trunks but only use certain ones at certain times. This could be a great option if you need your tack trunk to be fully customizable all the time.
The last important factor to consider is simply, how do you want your tack trunk to look? With the world as your oyster when it comes to design potential, there is really nothing you can’t do with your tack trunk. There are many companies that have a “design your own tack trunk” feature that you can use online. This will help you get an idea of what you like prior to purchasing your tack trunk. There are also many different add-ons and features you can purchase to compliment your tack trunk or make it serve your purpose even further.
FAQs concerning factors of choosing a tack trunk
How much does a tack trunk typically weigh?
Most tack trunks will weigh around 30-60 lbs but can be heavier or lighter depending on the style of tack trunk you are shopping for.
Can I store all my horse gear in one tack trunk?
While you are not going to be able to store 100% of your gear in your tack trunk, you are going to be able to store a lot of what you need in it plus all of your extra items. Check out this article that talks about what you can put in your tack trunk from tacktrunks.com
Do I need a tack trunk with wheels?
If you never plan on moving your tack trunk or very rarely, then more than likely no. Wheels on tack trunks are always a bonus though, in my own opinion. You can always use a non-attached wheelset made for your tack trunk if you purchase a tack trunk without wheels and later decide you need them.
Choosing the Right Tack Trunk for Your Needs
I think we all can agree that picking out a tack trunk is a lot of fun! In fact, when I was younger, I would daydream about the different aesthetics of each trunk and how it lined up with the barn, and all of the wonderful things I could then put in that tack trunk! The most important thing to remember is to not get too carried away and to think about your needs and preferences in a realistic and structured manner.
Here’s a pro tip: Make a list of the pros and cons of each tack trunk or brand you are considering, set and stick to a budget, and figure out your style and preferences! Once you complete this step then you will be on the fast track to owning a perfect tack trunk for your needs.
The last thing you need to do is to be an expert consumer and read as many reviews as possible from verified buyers of the tack trunk you are deciding on. If you are choosing to have a tack trunk custom designed and built, reading reviews on the company and looking at photos of the finished product they have sent to their clients is very important. Follow up and make sure you know what you are getting prior to getting it, and make sure you read the fine print and understand any return options and fees.
FAQs concerning choosing the right truck for your needs
Are more expensive tack trunks better than cheaper ones?
Honestly, yes and no. Each tack trunk is going to be different from the next. Just because one tack trunk is more expensive does not necessarily mean it is going to fit your exact needs the best.
For example, if you desperately need a weatherproof utility tack trunk that is considerably much less than a custom-designed, hand-built, top-of-the-line, decked-out show tack trunk, you wouldn’t want or need to spend the extra money. The more expensive one, in this case, would not suit your needs as well as the cheaper version would.
Can I rent a tack trunk instead of buying one?
Actually, YES! If you can believe it, there are many services that offer tack trunk rental. Some equestrian facilities even offer tack trunk and tack locker rentals for horse shows and events. Make sure you check with your show or event manager about the possibility of a tack trunk rental.
What should I do if I can’t find a tack trunk that fits my horse’s specific needs?
While there are a lot of options out there, you may not find one that fits your exact needs. Never fear, you have a couple of options still! You can either have someone custom-build a tack trunk for you, or you can build one yourself.
What is horse tack?
Horse tack is the term that describes all of the equipment you use while riding. Tack can specifically be referring to the bridle, bits, saddle pads, and saddles you use on your horse in horse riding.
How do I take care of my tack trunk?
Tacktrunks.com has a fabulous article all about cleaning and organizing a tack trunk. I highly suggest giving it a read. If you are short on time, here are the basic steps that the experts recommend.
Cleaning and organizing your tack trunk:
- Take everything out and organize it.
- Put things into appropriate containers or organizers
- Vacuum out the tack trunk
You can wipe down or wash the outside of your tack trunk, but make sure you follow any specifications set by the manufacturer.
How do I organize my horse gear in a tack trunk?
There are so many fun and helpful ways to organize your horse gear in your tack trunk.
My best advice is to head over to youtube.com and look up what other people put in their tack trunk and how they organize it for optimized use.
Check out this tack trunk tour!
Playing around with various storage ways will give you a great idea of what does or does not work for you.
Final thoughts on choosing the perfect tack trunk for your horse and your needs
Understanding and choosing the perfect tack trunk for your horse and your needs is a fun yet large task.
In this article, we discussed all of the important aspects of a tack trunk, their uses, and why they are so important for equestrians who are keen on organization and time management.
We hope that you found this article helpful, and would love to know in the comments below what your favorite tack trunk is! What brands have you owned? Which ones would you recommend?