Easiest Saddle Rack in the World

I wanted saddle racks that I could mount on the outside of our corrals and round pen — something that folds down when not in use, and that would keep my saddles and bridles and everything else off the ground and in order.  Ugh, and I also wanted to keep them out of reach of Siobhan who thinks that everything on the planet is meant to be chewed.  I swear she is worse than a goat.  

We have a scrap lumber pile I’m trying to burn through, so this project was perfect for it.  

You’ll need:

  • a length of 2″ x 4″ (my scraps were 41″ long, so that’s what I used)
  • pencil
  • measuring tape
  • a rope hook
  • an eye bolt
  • screws (if they don’t come with the rope hook)
  • a drill motor
  • screw driving bits to fit the rope hook screws
  • (optional) a drill bit
  • (optional) a coat hook

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In my case I needed to mount the racks on a board that I could then hang off the corrals.  If you are mounting these to your wall, you’ll do it slightly differently than shown.)

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  1. Determine your location for your racks.  Like I say, I was just using a board that I could hang off my corrals.  
  2. I recommend mounting to a stud.
  3. Use your pencil to mark where the eye bolt will go in the wall.  (If you do like me and mount it to a board, you’ll want washers for the back of the bolt)
  4. Pre-drill a hole for your eye bolt.
  5. Screw the bolt into the wall
  6. Hold the butt end of your 2 x 4 against the wall below the eye bolt.  Place the rope hook through the eye bolt and rest the flat piece on the top end of your 2 x 4.  Use the pencil to mark the screw holes for your rope hook screws.
  7. Pre-drill your 2 x 4 at the marks you just made for your screw holes.
  8. Attach your rope hook.
  9. At this point you can simply hang your saddle rack as-is.  I wanted something that would also keep the bridles untangled and out of the way, so I attached a coat hook to the end of the 2 x 4 as shown.  

You can get as fancy with this thing as you want.  I didn’t want to as I’d exhausted my ability to string swear words together coherently, which usually is my sign to stop practicing carpentry for the day.  

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