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post #1 of 45 Old 10-11-2018, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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MOLD! Mold EVERYWHERE!

Good. LORD. I have mold taking over my TACK, my hay, the feed! It's everywhere lately! Even at my tack shop, in the storage building (Brand new steel and concrete building!), on my inventory. It's ruined an entire bag of feed and a big bag of horse treats. Not even sure how to DISPOSE of it so the cows and the horses don't find it and make themselves sick. Considered throwing it in the big pond for the geese and the catfish, but I don't even know that I should do THAT.

It's powdery, it's dusty green and grey, it's all over everything lately... even the grass (Supes has had the slobbers lately because of it).

I guess it's just because it's been humid and still and hot the past four weeks or so. We usually have a lot of air circulation in SE Oklahoma but lately, nope. Therefore, we also have a ton of dime and quarter sized mosquitoes buzzing around too.

GLAD for the cooler weather and I never, ever thought I'd say this... glad for the wind returning.

Anyone else had this problem this year in the US, or ever, anywhere? One of my flip saddles was so covered in it I used a spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide on it... didn't damage the leather, didn't stain it, but it BUBBLED UP in some places where the mold was the thickest. I've never seen it this bad before, ever. It was nasty anyway to start with, so I don't think there was much that could have HURT it... so I peroxided it to kingdom come (It cleaned up beautifully btw).

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post #2 of 45 Old 10-11-2018, 12:12 PM
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I hear you...tomorrow it'll get colder and drier again, so I won't be looking for mold repellent for this season, but I had to do some wiping for yesterday's ride. I don't think it grows on the leather, it grows on sweat residues, and it wipes off effortlessly. Didn't notice it so much on hay. I wonder if it does the same to hay as it does to a fine cheese... :)
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post #3 of 45 Old 10-11-2018, 12:16 PM
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Yes, I have been battling it all summer and into the fall. It has been excessively wet and humid here in New England, with days on end of rain. I lost about 15 bales of hay in mid-summer that had mold all over the external surfaces just from being stacked in the barn. The barn aisle is concrete and it was stacked up on pallets, but the concrete was wet all the time looking like it was raining inside.


I have leather halters and bridles hanging in a spare room in my house that is covered in mold. I walk by it every day and think "I should clean that" but then also think "it's just going to mold again because it feels like we're living in Louisiana."


My chicken coop has doors and windows built from heavy duty plywood, and it is covered with that greyish-green powdery mildew. I have scrubbed it down twice with heavy duty anti-bacterial kitchen cleaner and it keeps coming back.


Just got my winter hay delivery yesterday and I am stressing over whether it was stacked too tight given how humid it still is right now. It was nice and dry going in to the loft, and the weather pattern is FINALLY supposed to break tonight, so wish me luck that it will turn out ok!
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post #4 of 45 Old 10-11-2018, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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It may NOT be in my hay, but it's new hay and dust just boiled out of the bale I'd been pulling flakes off of. The bottom bales in the stack don't seem to be producing the same dust, or any dust at all, so I am assuming it got into the loose bale on top. That's also the bale the Nearly Consumed Saddle was next to, and it was the worst of the lot. I thought, at first, maybe one of the bales was a vector for it, but then I saw the stuff at my tack shop storage two days ago. Ye gads!

I've got to take a day to go up there, haul it all out, and clean it all - despite me having cleaned it right before storing it.

As for the cheese comment... we'd have to ask the horses. :P


I'm just glad to hear I'm not alone. It's gross and maybe harmless, but yuck! Geez. Nasty.

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post #5 of 45 Old 10-11-2018, 12:26 PM
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Welcome to my world almost all year long - yuck. Keep my saddle in the tack room for a week and it's covered in fuzzy, green mold... There is a reason my BO prefers synthetic saddles.


And yes, I use mold repellent conditioner (which worked pretty well last year), but this year it stood no chance. Even my rubber boots were covered in fuzz on the outside
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post #6 of 45 Old 10-11-2018, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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I'll tell you something else I'm battling with this weather we had... Trigger has a freakin' SKIN ALLERGY. Don't know what he's allergic TO, but he's scrubbing his butt and neck and shoulders on a tree so hard he's scabbed up. I thought it was wormy horse... so we had a huge worming party. He was wormy, they all were, part of the downside of living in the country and running cattle on the same property with your horses, and having deer and feral hogs that come and go on the same property too. So, WORMING PARTY FOR EVERYONE...

He's still itchy.

Friend thought rain rot... Farrier looks him over good and says: Yeah, nah. I've seen this a lot this summer. It's not rain rot. This is a skin allergy. Call your vet, she can help.

I call the vet... yep. Allergy. He's getting a steroid shot next week. Until then, I have a spray on treatment for rain rot and other skin itchies we're using.

LAST SUMMER it was so dry and dusty, he's eyes were affected and draining all summer. Lots of long evenings out there, just rubbing his eyes with a cool wet cloth... great for bonding and trust, sucked for him. None of that this year, just the itchy skin.

*sigh*

I told my husband the other morning: Leave it to me... *points emphatically as if picking a horse out of a group* YES! That horse! I'll take that one!... Son interrupts with: He's just so sensitive and fragile...


Yep. Leave it to me.
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post #7 of 45 Old 10-11-2018, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Welcome to my world almost all year long - yuck. Keep my saddle in the tack room for a week and it's covered in fuzzy, green mold... There is a reason my BO prefers synthetic saddles.


And yes, I use mold repellent conditioner (which worked pretty well last year), but this year it stood no chance. Even my rubber boots were covered in fuzz on the outside

It's so irritating. I think, Holy Crap! I suck at caring for this stuff! Then remember it's never done this before. Always had a smattering here and there, but not this excessive.


LA would SUCK... it's bad enough in Oklahoma, but at least we get a break from it from time to time. Usually by July or August the humidity moves on out. Not this year. We just boiled all summer. When we rode the Caddo National Grasslands near Telephone, TX? It was so hot and humid we would stand in the rain and sweat and sweat and couldn't cool off. We were soaked for the entire trip. Had a blast but I bet I lost 10 lbs in water weight alone.
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post #8 of 45 Old 10-11-2018, 12:41 PM
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For your tack shop, I would get a dehumidifier. I was feeling a little envious of your warm temperatures since we've already had snow, and below freezing mornings. The mold thing just took the edge off my jealousy, lol.

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post #9 of 45 Old 10-11-2018, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure a dehumidifier would be sufficient. LOL I might look into it for the shop itself though as that's where the more high end stuff will be kept. The storage unit is for my 'less than attractive' overflow...


Okay, and for reference. Last weekend I nearly called off going on a trail ride with the trail rider association I'm in. I was looking at weather.com here at the office and it was showing a 90% chance of heavy rain, all day, Saturday. Husband scratches his head when I call him.


I'm like, yeah... upper 80s, and like a 72% humidity...


But his computer was showing only a 30% chance of scattered rain showers.


I double check? Mine was giving me the weather forecast for COZUMEL... our temps and humidity were a carbon copy of a Caribbean island.
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post #10 of 45 Old 10-11-2018, 01:17 PM
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We have been averaging about 60-70*F and 95-99% humidity
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