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post #1 of 18 Old 05-12-2019, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Mice made a nest in my tack?!

So....I JUST moved barns less than a week ago. My horse is now at my cousins place. We just keep our tack in the trailer tack room, and there was only one saddle rack and I have a western and English saddle. So I put my western saddle on, my English pad, my English saddle, then another English pad stacked on top. Came to ride a couple times and I was riding western so I ended up just setting my western saddle on top. I rode on Wednesday and everything was in good order, come back on Saturday and when I took my saddle off, my top English pad was DESTROYED! I saw a mice run across the trailer and they had pulled it apart and made a nest. It was my fav pad and I was too disappointed and grossed out to do anything about it, and I wasn’t prepared with anything to clean it all out with. So I left it because I’d rather they continue destroying that then me remove it and they move on to my other one. Is there any way I can salvage the pad? Patch it up? Or is it too disgusting and contaminated now? And what about my other tack? Now I’m not sure it will be safe and I don’t know what to do with it. And how fast will they move on to chewing things like my saddle? The nest appeared in only three days so now I’m worried
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Mice carry disease...
Cornered they will bite you...be careful!!
Its baby season so nest making is a large part of their day and they love to use soft things readily available.
Yes, they will chew your saddles too in a short time.

Use mouse traps and sticky traps, put out moth balls and flakes and cedar scented items to try to drive them off...
Sadly, if they really tore into it it is garbage and not going to be salvageable...
How do you replace the torn out fluff and fibers to provide consistent protection to the horses back a saddle pad is meant for.
I think till the mouse problem is under control and done with my tack would go in my car...at the very minimum my saddles.
Maybe hanging from clip hooks not near a wall or something to climb up would protect your other tack...but me, my stuff would be removed ASAP for safeguarding.
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post #3 of 18 Old 05-12-2019, 12:43 PM
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This what I would do. Get the saddles out pronto, they will chew on them. Get all of you good stuff out and leave the chewed up pad as it's ruined already anyway. Set out traps to catch the mice that are already in there and then after that use something to discourage more from coming in. I guess moth balls would work but I can't stand the smell of them either so that wouldn't work for me. One article that I read says that cedar will keep them out and one said that it's no good for this and they will actually chew that too. I don't know if you keep feed in your trailer (some people do) but that can be a huge attractant as they like a food source close to their nesting areas. i would leave a couple of blocks of Tom Cat rodent bait for them to chew on.

I had a rodent problem for a short time and nothing got rid of them. It all started because I have birds and they were coming in for the seeds. I then kept every piece of pet food contained but then they just started going directly to the bird cages. I finally got rid of them for good when I went away for two weeks (all pets out of the house) and the only thing for them to eat was poison. No more rodents since then.
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I have heard beet pulp will kill them. They eat it, and it swells and busts their stomachs. I have not seen proof of this, but I have no mice. It might be worth a try instead of leaving poisons out. All of your options depend on if there are other animals around such as dogs and cats.
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post #5 of 18 Old 05-12-2019, 01:17 PM
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I keep my tack in my living room on stands and racks for the rodent reason. My shop gets mice and sometimes pack rats and no matter how fast I kill them with decon poison they still sometimes manage to chew on stuff before I wipe them out again, so rather than lose 1,000s of dollars in tack damage I keep everything inside. Get your tack out of where the mice are as soon as you can. If you live in an area with Hanta virus make sure you wear a respirator when you clean your tack after you get it out of there.
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post #6 of 18 Old 05-12-2019, 02:06 PM
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You have to get your stuff out of there. Go over the trailer's tack room with a fine-toothed comb and seal up any tiny area where they could be getting in-- roof vents, little gaps along the door, drainage holes, gaps in the floorboards, etc. Mice will get through a very tiny spot. Once you have sealed up the tack room and trapped any currently residing rodents, carefully go over your items and tack. Dump out buckets where they could be hiding, put grain and treats elsewhere, etc. Put only what must be in the trailer tackroom in there. Keep an enclosed trap in the corner, just in case. Throw away anything contaminated with mouse poop and urine-- it can carry several diseases, including hanta virus. If you can't completely seal up the tack room, I wouldn't keep anything of value in there longer than it took to haul to a ride. Get a tack trunk or garden storage shed instead.

Peppermint will help deter mice. I have jars with peppermint-soaked cotton balls in them in my trailer tack room. So far so good. But I don't keep feed, treats, or items not frequently-used in there, and I go through every few months, take everything out, and reorganize.

The most important thing is to seal up anywhere they can get in, and then be careful not to leave the door open or have all sorts of stuff in there for them to hide in if they do get in. They WILL chew and destroy your tack.
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Mice made a nest in one of my western saddle pads. The pad is still usable since they only chewed a space on the side. After getting the poop out I just threw it in the washing machine with a natural laundry soap (no chemical soap to irritate horses skin). Sounds like your english pad may not be salvageable though!

I no longer have a mouse problem at that barn because I moved my tack to another room with a kitty door--the cats are fed in there so they are always in and out and apparently keeping the mice away.

We did have mice in our garage for awhile though and the only way to remove them was by baiting traps with peanut butter--they love it! Caught 8-9 before they stopped showing up.
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I tried to rid my rodent problem without poison and nothing worked. Believe me, I tried everything I could find on the internet. I did trap quite a few but they were breeding faster than I could catch them. I even put out bowls of 50% corn meal and 50% cement (which they ate) and somehow it seemed to turn them into super rodents.
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post #9 of 18 Old 05-12-2019, 08:12 PM
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It may be terribly ruined if its English pad but I think if the tear is on the bottom underneath it may deserve a patch.
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post #10 of 18 Old 05-12-2019, 08:28 PM
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I HATE mice because I LOVE my tack. We also live in an area with hanta virus so there is that concern too. But I would absolutely go ballistic if they got to my tack. Because, did I mention, I love my tack.


I keep my tack in the garage, an enclosed area, but also prone to getting mice now and then. I don't like the idea of poison because 1) I don't want an outdoor cat or other animal to get poisoned by a sick mouse and 2) I don't want something dead rotting behind the fridge or wherever! So the best traps we have found, bar none, are these:


https://www.walmart.com/ip/Victor-4-...SABEgKzHfD_BwE

I bait them with a tiny dab of peanut butter and they catch way more mice than regular traps. Set them against walls and they will catch mice even without bait because the mice step on the trigger mechanism. We only buy these and I have probably 6-8 of them set at any given time to catch intruding mice BEFORE they get into anything valuable. I even keep feed in there and the traps catch the mice before they can chew a hole in the bag. So get your stuff out if possible, set lots of traps, catch all the mice and then leave traps set in there when you put your tack back in. I just keep lots of traps set to catch any stray mice that find their way in.

I hate to think how much I have invested in my tack. And I love my tack. I have no sympathy for the mice!
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