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post #1 of 8 Old 02-23-2012, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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My eBay saddle came...It's moldy?

My Stubben Krefeld I bought on eBay came today. Imagine my shock when I open the box, and immeditly the car is enveloped in the smell of mildew. I felt like I was a little kid sitting in my parents midwestern basement again

When I got home, I looked and some of the leather straps have white, dusty, stuffs on them...Mildew. I took vinegar and paper towels and doused the sides, and scrubbed the white spots with soaked paper towels. It is currently sitting outside in the wind, drying.

I'm an arizona kid--we have no mold, anywhere.

Anyone had moldy tack? What ended up happening? Any advice? Was just vinegar good enough? I swear for the rest of the day I've had a sore throat and can taste vinegar...Its probably in my head.

Also, when I bought it, MOLD WAS NEVER LISTED IN THE ITEM DESCRIPTION, AND NOT VISABLE IN THE PICTURES! I paid 150 plus 30 in shipping. Should I do anything about this??
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-23-2012, 06:21 PM
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Leather will mold if it is left in a damp/humid area. Your concern here is the leather cracking as it dries. You want to first clean the saddle with a good leather cleaner followed by a good dose of leather conditioner. Then, as you are doing, leave the saddle to dry in warm dry air (inside or outside depending on weather). Keep cleaning and conditioning and eventually the mildew smell might disappear.

Since you have already dosed it with vinegar, use first a leather cleaner and then a conditioner as soon as you can...vinegar isn't necessarily good for leather. Did you use white vinegar I hope?

As for eBay, recheck what was in the listing. If the lister said something like saddle in excellent condition, or, saddle is clean etc, you have a reason for complaint. If you want to keep the saddle and work on cleaning it then just leave neutral or negative feedback. If you want to return the saddle due to its condition, you need to go through the steps. Did the lister indicate they accepted returns?
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I'm an arizona kid--we have no mold, anywhere.
I know what you mean! I have never seen mold on tack except for a few grungy pieces that came in a tack lot from out of state.

And sweet iron bits, forget it! They barely rust at all. All my rusty ones I've ordered off of eBay.
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Mold happens. There's nothing wrong with the saddle, just make sure to condition the leather.
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I've dealt with this many times. I don't use straight vinegar but a 50/50 water vinegar solution when I use the saddle soap. That usually does the trick. Just keep an eye one it over the next few weeks as leather mold has a way of returning if deep in the leather. Usually a second cleaning does the trick.
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As Speed Racer and Saddlebag said, it isn't a problem. It's something that we in the east have to deal with quite often. 50/50 water and white vinegar should do the trick followed by a good conditioner.

As for ebay, I don't think I would do anything about it. It isn't a critical thing.

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I'm an arizona kid--we have no mold, anywhere.

Anyone had moldy tack? What ended up happening? Any advice? Was just vinegar good enough? I swear for the rest of the day I've had a sore throat and can taste vinegar...Its probably in my head.
It is in your head... literally!

If you are not used to, or have not been exposed to very much mold in your life it can make you feel sick to varying degrees. Although some people are not bothered by it, some are. Everyones body reacts differently to mold and it affects the sinuses and throat most often before causing other symptoms. I would suggest you wear a little face mask or bandana over your mouth and nose when working on this saddle, then washing your hands and face well after working on the saddle until the mold is under control.

Some people (like me) are allergic to molds and it can make us
VERY sick if exposed to high levels.
I visited a new tack shop last week (middle of winter here, mind you) and although it smelled like a normal tack shop, after being there for about 10 minutes my eyes started to burn and I got really congested. In talking with the owner while browsing, I found out there had been some mold issues with the tack the previous wet summer, but she swore she cleaned all the tack very well.
Apparently she didn't quite get it all, which is no surprise considering she had about 200 saddles or better...
I'm still stuffy today because of it and that was only a mild exposure for me.

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It is in your head... literally!

If you are not used to, or have not been exposed to very much mold in your life it can make you feel sick to varying degree.
I'm still stuffy today because of it and that was only a mild exposure for me.
I wondered where my sudden cold came from. Im still stuffy today, and have a tickly throat/congestion but feel better. It's odd...its not like the typical cold I've got in the past. I think you're on to something Lockwood. Maybe because Im not use to it, I react to mold. Hmm. Interesting.

I cleaned it, left it to dry, and plan to use it today if I don't find anymore white fuzziness. The lady bugged me to leave feedback, and I wrote her back, asking if she was aware of the mold, and telling her I would leave feedback after I was finished cleaning and had a chance to ride in it.

So I think we're good! Very excited. Pics to come when I get it all tacked up on the morgan!

Trailrider--where is the pic in your avatar taken? It looks mighty familiar...
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