How to Build a Wood Saddle Rack

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How to Build a Wood Saddle Rack
Wooden saddle racks provide the support and structure needed to keep a saddle in good shape. (old calvary saddle image by Allyson Ricketts from

Saddles require support when not on a horse's back. If just thrown on the floor in a tack room, they will lose their shape and develop grooves and bumps that can be uncomfortable for horse and rider. To keep this from happening, saddle racks are required in a tack room. However, they can be quite pricey when purchased at a tack store. Building a wooden saddle rack at home provides a cheaper alternative with time, effort, tools and the right supplies.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 2 2 inch-by-12 inch-by-8 foot solid wood board
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Electric hand saw
  • 3-inch nails
  • Hammer

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  1. 1

    Measure the saddle's length front to back and add 2 inches to the measurement.

  2. 2

    Cut four pieces of 2-by-12 to the same length as the total measurement in the previous step. Set two of the pieces aside.

  3. 3

    Saw the rest of the board into two pieces, each 3 feet in length.

  4. 4

    Make a mark at the top of one of the three-foot lengths 6 inches in from the side (in the middle of the board). On either side of this marking, 3 inches below the top, make another mark. Repeat this step with the other three-foot-long board.

  5. 5

    Saw from the marking at the top of the board on a diagonal down to one of the marks below the top. Repeat this on the other side of the board as well. The top should now resemble a triangle, with six-inches of board overhanging on each side. Repeat this step with the other three-foot-long marked board.

  6. 6

    Place the two saddle-length boards on top of the triangular boards so they rest on each plane of the point. Hammer in three nails to connect the flat end of each saddle-length board to the side of the triangular pieces. The saddle rack should now resemble a basic house-like structure, with the saddle-length boards acting as the 'roof'.

  7. 7

    Place the extra 2-by-12 boards against the wooden structure with each end of the board against one side of the vertical 2-by-12 boards, 3 inches up from the bottom. Hammer in three nails to each place the board meets the structure. This will create support on each side of the saddle rack.

Tips and warnings

  • Sand the sides and stain the wood to create a more finished look.
  • Always be careful when handling tools, especially electric saws.

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