How to Organize a Horse Feed Room

Most every barn has a feed room, where you store grains and supplements for your horses. Having this room organized so you can find things quickly will help you be more efficient with time, making it quicker to grain or supplement your horses.


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    Identify how much feed you need to keep in the room. Things like grain, pellets, and supplements should be stored nearby in a waterproof and preferably air-tight container. Forage like hay can be stored in any dry place; it doesn't have to be in the feed room.
    • Garbage bins with fold-up latching handles work well for storing grain.
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    Consider how much room you have in your feed room. Plan out where you want everything. Emergency supplements or medications for the animals should be close to the door, organized neatly in a cabinet or on a shelf. Grain should either be organized or by type (oats, corn/oats/barley mix, senior, etc.), or by horse. Here are some examples of using space efficiently.
    • Wooden boxes with lids, hanging on walls. On the lid there is a place to put the horse's name and feeding instructions. Emergency contacts are also appreciated by substitute feeders if you're on vacation and the feeder has a question.
    • Large to medium garbage cans with lids and horse names store grain perfectly. A whiteboard/cork board near the door with the horse's feeding instructions and emergency contacts are helpful when you are forgetting things left and right
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    Shelving is key for the little things like medications. Make sure each medication is labeled with the horse's name and intervals it should be given in.
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    Lighting in the feed room is helpful. You probably already have some in there, but with new shelving it can get a bit dim. Extra lights that are shatter proof and turn on and off by hand are power-saving. Don't forget to turn them off though!
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    The key organizing tips are summed up below:
    • Names are helpful. Labeling everything is not too much. In fact, it still may not be enough.
    • All emergency contacts should be out in the open in large, neat print. Type it if you must.
    • Dry bins = dry feed. If you have wet feed you have wasted grain. That won't go over smoothly with boarders or your wallet.
    • You can always add something new to the feed room. Make sure it has a specific spot in there though, otherwise your feed room will go back to its old ways
    • Extra lighting helps with early and late feedings without disturbing the entire barn


  • Be consistent.
  • Everything has a place! If it isn't useful, toss it or store it someplace else.
  • Try things out before putting them in permanent places. Sometimes things don't work out and your labor will have gone to waste.
  • Leave extra room for extra grain or supplements. You never know when you might have to help a friend's horse out.

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