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post #1 of 12 Old 08-18-2019, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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The lesser of two evils...

I think I am not alone in fighting moldy tack in the current hot and humid weather.

When I leave my tack in the tack room, which is basically the barn divided off by a wall, it is moldy after a week. Spraying it down with a vinegar solution, followed by cleaning keeps the mold level lower, but it still emerges within a few days. Without that routine it is fuzzy within the week.

However, last weekend I left my tack in the trailer (small steel trainer with a closed tack compartment) and lo and behold - no mold at all! As comparison I looked at my riding buddies bridle (kept in the barn tack room) - beautiful green and fuzzy

So apparently storing my tack in the trailer helps preventing mold. But I worry about the heat building up in the trailer. As I mentioned it is a steel trailer, no insulation and parked in a very sunny spot... I am sure everything in there gets baked pretty good...

How bad is it for leather to get baked on a daily basis???
Just as my title says: trying to pick the lesser of two evils. What would you do?

Just as an add-on: storing my tack inside the house (or another climate-controlled room) is not possible.
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-18-2019, 11:31 PM
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I'm anxious to read replies because I have the exact situation. Hubby keeps his stuff in the trailer and I keep mine in the tack room in the barn. His tack goes a lot longer without molding but it will get some on it after a long while. So far neither of our saddles, bridles, etc...have suffered any lasting effects.
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-18-2019, 11:56 PM
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As long as the leather is conditioned/oiled well, the heat really won't hurt it.

Definitely the lesser of two evils in this case.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-19-2019, 10:41 AM
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I leave ALL my tack in my trailer. It's been hot here lately, but when I go to grab my stuff it's never like overheated/that hot.

My saddle probably needs some conditioning, but I haven't noticed any real damage from keeping everything in there. I have nowhere else to really put the stuff anyway. *shrug* I'd just keep it in the trailer if it were me. My bridle, saddles, etc. haven't had any issues & it's been pretty hot lately. So, I think it's fine.
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post #5 of 12 Old 08-19-2019, 11:06 AM
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My tack is either in my trailer or in a small storage shed-- both get very hot in the summer. No mold. Well-oiled, quality leather should not be harmed by heat.
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-19-2019, 11:10 AM
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Is this a boarding barn or your barn?
Just a thought...would a small fan for circulation be possible?
In my area moisture in the winter is an issue so all leather comes into the house.
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post #7 of 12 Old 08-19-2019, 12:42 PM
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Mine molds no matter where I keep it... and we have a near-constant south wind at our house and my tack room door faces south. It's a roll up door, and I leave it rolled up in the summer... hasn't helped. I do have my tack room door to my trailer standing wide open, right now, just in case the flood from wild water hose that sprayed it down at camp a couple of weeks ago wasn't fully dried. SURELY it is, but since we're in a hot, dry, windy weather pattern, I figured I better let it air out.

I went with the apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle treatment last month when all my tack was furry. Sprayed, let the saddles sit in the sun for an hour, then cleaned with Lexol cleaner and conditioner.

Two weeks later, it was back, but not as bad.

It's aggravating, honestly and for some reason when I grab my saddle and someone sees mold on it, I always feel a little ashamed of myself, like I'm a bad horse mom or something. IDK.
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post #8 of 12 Old 08-19-2019, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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@AtokaGhosthorse I used to have that feeling of guilt as well, until I discovered that my rubber boots were covered in mold (on the outside!) as well

Looks like the consensus is to leave my tack in the trailer - just making sure to keep the leather well conditioned.
I just had that warning in my head from years ago, to not leave a saddle in the car long term in summer

Thanks for all the input!
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-19-2019, 01:21 PM
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Its hot and HUMID here (all 12 months!) and I keep my leather from molding by using Kali Leather Life.
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-19-2019, 03:31 PM
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Good quality tack should not be harmed. HOWEVER, if you have a synthetic tree in your saddle, heat may be more of an issue. All of mine have rawhide-wrapped wood trees, and it's never been an issue. I do bring my leather saddles, bridles, and harness indoors for the winter if I can; it goes into a dry basement from about mid-December through April 1 when I don't use it much, although I have left it in the trailer before year-round with no issue.
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