How to Build a Western Saddle Rack

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How to Build a Western Saddle Rack
While metal saddle racks are suitable for the barn or show stall, a good wooden saddle rack will fit into most decors. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

While there are lots of Western saddle racks on the market, most are made of metal and more suitable for the tack stall at a horse show than a person's house or barn office. In addition, many of these saddle racks can be quite expensive and prone to collapse. A wooden saddle rack can provide the optimum support for a saddle while fitting in to almost any decor

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Things you need

  • Two 1" by 12" pieces of lumber, 33 " long
  • Four 1" x 2 1/2" pieces of lumber, 28 long
  • One 1" x 12 piece of lumber, 25 1/2" long
  • Small diameter wood nails
  • Hammer
  • Saw
  • Varnish or stain
  • Paint brush

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  1. 1

    Saw one end of each of the 33" boards into a point with an angle of approximately 110 degrees. Each of the angled edges should be approximately 6 1/2" in length.

  2. 2

    Nail the 25 1/2 inch board between the two 33" boards perpendicular to them. This board should be placed 5 1/2 inches from the ground.

  3. 3

    Beginning 1" from the point of the upright 33" boards, nail two of the 1 by 2 1/2' boards on each side of the point. Leave approximatly 1" between them. There should also be a slight overhang on both the front and the back.

  4. 4

    Sand until the boards are smooth.

  5. 5

    Stain or varnish to taste.

Tips and warnings

  • To give your saddle rack a more finished look, saw a small half circle at the bottom of the front and back vertical boards to give the appearance of feet. Nail two additional 25" boards 6 to 12 inches in width on each side of the current 25" board and perpendicular to it. This space is useful for storing brushes, leg wraps, and other equine equipment when using the rack in the stable. Nailing a half circle wooden wedge, approximately the diameter of a small coffee can lid and an inch thick, on the front will provide a bridle holder if desired.
  • While some people like to place a piece of carpet or other material on the stand to make it look more finished, the spaces left between the top boards allow the sheepskin of the saddle to dry out thoroughly between rides.

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