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    10-15-2009, 11:20 PM
Long term storage

I am going to be storing some tack for quite a while -- probably a couple of years. What is the best way to prepare the leather so I don't have to worry about it?
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    10-16-2009, 01:28 PM
I would think just giving it a good oiling, then covering it with a light blanket just to keep the dust off. I know you don't want to put it into anything airtight. Leather needs to breath.
    10-16-2009, 01:38 PM
I agree, I would oil it up and I would even put some conditioner on it after so the leather doesnt get brittle where its thin or anything. Defiantly cover it with a sheet or blanket.
    10-16-2009, 04:04 PM
Here's a thread from COTH about long term storage and people's experiences:
Long term storage of a saddle. - Chronicle Forums
(ignore the words in red, they are the words I used in the search)
    10-16-2009, 04:07 PM
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Mail it to me and I will store it for you... keep it nice and worn... teehee... I crack myself up!
    10-16-2009, 05:31 PM
My Beau, thanks for the link. I am going to try this method:
"I have used the vaseline on a long term storage and it worked great!! Cleaned the saddle very well and let air dry for a day, coated all over with the vaseline and put in a large black contractor sized trash bag.

Left it for several years and it came out looking great - not greasy at all since the leather had absorbed the vaseline over time. Gave it a quick cleaning and conditioning, slapped stirrups back on it and gave it to dd to use"

Farmpony: I've heard all about you and collecting things -- uh huh... Paws Off! These are my friend's things and I'll protect her from you.
    10-16-2009, 10:54 PM
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Fine. Keep her filthy tack... but send me the carrots!
    10-16-2009, 11:10 PM
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
Keep her filthy tack...
LOL -- you don't even KNOW how funny this is... the last ride out on that tack ended up in a huge icky mud puddle and the saddle never did get cleaned. I laughed so hard that day, but who's laughing now? Guess who gets to clean the saddle?
    10-16-2009, 11:13 PM
Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
My Beau, thanks for the link. I am going to try this method:
"I have used the vaseline on a long term storage and it worked great!! Cleaned the saddle very well and let air dry for a day, coated all over with the vaseline and put in a large black contractor sized trash bag.
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    10-18-2009, 10:26 PM
Well, I picked up the tack yesterday. Now I have a glitch -- I forgot that part of the saddle is suede. Not sure what to do with that. Thankfully, my friend spent 2 hours cleaning the muck off, so I just have a small cleaning job left.

Some of the bridles have chrome on them. What kind of quality, I don't know yet. I think I'll smear those with vaseline too. Won't hurt the metal I'm sure, but hopefully will help seal that nasty line between the metal and the leather.

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