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post #1 of 12 Old 08-25-2013, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Tack storage advice

My last barn owner had a locked, nearly climate controlled tack room. Cement floor, finished walls, a really nice room. Fans in summer, light heat in winter and a dehumidifier when needed so the room was also dry and moisture free.

The Cadillac of tack rooms

The new barn is not the same. In the big barn there is a tack room, but it is not locked/sealed and it is not what I would call temperature controlled. However, it does not have any doorways to the outside.

Sam is kept in a separate barn; a two horse barn and he is the only horse. There is a gate on the entrance into the barn. Right now, my tack and grooming supplies are in the barn with Sam. The BO said she would make room in the big barn next week.

I'm not worried about theft, but I am worried about my new saddle staying in new condition.

I am thinking I would like to keep my tack and supplies in Sam's barn. If the BO would install a tie ring to the one post, I could groom and saddle and then walk to the riding arena. My stuff would stay nice and tidy and I would not need to carry anything back and forth. I can see the main barn getting tight if more than one horse was being attended to. My concern is the open doorway and the natural elements. We don't get inches of snow generally here is SWMO and if we do, it melts quickly. the roof is solid. the flooring is dirt. There is very good lighting. It's a big barn and i can move my saddle away from the door, but am I taking an unnecessary risk with mold damage?

The tack room in the main barn is a dirt floor, but no exposure to the elements. Otherwise, I don't know if there is much of an advantage moving my belongings to the main barn and then having to squish them among other boarders and the BO's belongings.

I have a Wintec AP saddle. Brand new. Leather bridle/reins. I have the saddle on a saddle rack with the Wintec saddle cover. Then my pad and girth laying on top followed by a sheet of material from the fabric store covering everything. Nothing touches the ground. Headstall hanging on wall.

If I do decide to leave my tack in this location, should I remove the Wintec cover so it can breathe better? Or invest in a better saddle cover? With our humidity in the summer and swings in temp through the winter (20 to 70 in 1/2 day) I worry about creating an environment that traps moisture and creates mold.

What are your tack storage arrangements? I ride daily; I don't want to take my stuff home every night. It will spend more time in my car then anywhere else.

what advice can you give me for keeping it in our private (lol) barn?

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-25-2013, 10:19 AM
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We had our tack stored in a similar tack room, basically a room with a door in the barn, no insulation, kinda airy room.

In GA of course we get a huge variety of weather and some extra humid days.

Only problem we had with mold was on a few of the cheapie tack items made in India that some boarders had. But the mold only showed up on the tack that was not used regularly.

I agree the wintec cover is not that great, I would suggest a large western thin blanket to cover the saddle, those are about 10.00 at a few stores, something like this one Mayatex Hogan Saddle Blanket

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My saddle covers are the cheap dollar store plastic table cloths with a soft fabric underside. Because they are not fitted air is able to move around the saddle. My hubby built a large tack trunk which easily held a western saddle, a grooming tray, room for stuff down below and saddle pads below the saddle. A divider separated the saddle from the tray. The lip of the lid was about 6" high which enabled me to strap a big blanket to the underside of the lid. 8" wheels were installed on one end, blocks under the other, with long handles for moving it. When full it was heavy as it was made of 3/4" plywood. A big hasp and padlock secured everything.



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I keep my tack in a sea container. It doubles as a feed shed as well as a tack room. My saddles have fleece covers over them and my bridles are hung on a hook.
My gear is cleaned once a week and I have never had problems with mould.

In summer, I leave my sweaty saddle blankets hanging over posts to dry while I am feeding up. By the time I am ready to leave, the sweat has dried and I hang them over my saddles.

I think as long as you are cleanning and inspecting your gear regularly, you should not have a problem with mould.

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If your tack is being used on a regular basis, and cleaned/oiled at least once in a while, you should not have any issue with mold.

It's the tack that sits there for months without being used that gets mold ..... but even if that happens the power of sunlight takes care of that.

Where I board right now, I do not keep anythig in the barn (because there is no room .... and because some people don't understand that everything isn't "shared"). I keep everything in my dressing room of my horse trailer. So whatever temp or humidity is outside, well that's what my tack gets too. But everything lasts just fine as long as you take care of it!
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I beg to differ on the mold issue. I'm also in MO, and I had to bring all my tack in this summer. I have a tack room attached to my run in shed, and it is "dry" in the sense that it doesn't leak and is sealed, but is in no way climate controlled. I oil my tack very regularly, and I think the leather on my M. Toulouse is pretty nice. Every thing I own got mold on more than one occasion before I got fed up and brought it all in. Even my barn walls molded a little. I think my horse is even starting to mold. It is just ridiculously humid here. I have always kept my tack out in a barn that wasn't climate controlled before moving here, but I can't keep wiping mold off my new saddle every time I ride. Maybe you could put some dehumidifiers in a tack trunk and be ok. If you find something that works, let me know. I don't think my husband is a fan of our new equestrian decor.
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I beg to differ on the mold issue. I'm also in MO, and I had to bring all my tack in this summer. I have a tack room attached to my run in shed, and it is "dry" in the sense that it doesn't leak and is sealed, but is in no way climate controlled. I oil my tack very regularly, and I think the leather on my M. Toulouse is pretty nice. Every thing I own got mold on more than one occasion before I got fed up and brought it all in. Even my barn walls molded a little. I think my horse is even starting to mold. It is just ridiculously humid here. I have always kept my tack out in a barn that wasn't climate controlled before moving here, but I can't keep wiping mold off my new saddle every time I ride. Maybe you could put some dehumidifiers in a tack trunk and be ok. If you find something that works, let me know. I don't think my husband is a fan of our new equestrian decor.
Do you believe the weather these last three days? Amazing. I move Sam in 90 degree weather from pasture to a stall. I swear he is rendering in his own skin. I was hoping we would stay cool for his transition.

Thanks for the Missouri point of view. My saddle is synthetic. I'm hoping it does not have the same issues as a leather saddle. The bridle assembly is leather. I may be able to do something with that.

Ready for this humidity to be GONE.
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I think a synthetic saddle would probably be ok as long as you don't throw sweaty blankets on top of it or anything. I also had less trouble with my bridles, although they even got a little mold during the flooding. I think this year has been worse than usual, but it's only my 3rd summer here, so I haven't got a lot to compare to. I bet if you have trouble with a bridle, you could put it in a carry bag with some dehumidifying packets and be ok. Anyway, far as I can tell, the mold doesn't hurt your tack much if it was oiled and you wipe it off right away and oil again. Watch your saddle pads, too. I got mildew on those because the sweat just wouldn't dry.

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I am thinking I would like to keep my tack and supplies in Sam's barn. If the BO would install a tie ring to the one post, I could groom and saddle and then walk to the riding arena.
If there is a fence, then you don't really need a tie ring. Just loop or tie your lead to the top rung of the fence (if the fence is something breakable, then just loop, don't tie).
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My tack has always been in a sort of shed outside that is never heated in the winter or ventilated in summer. My saddles are always stored properly with their saddle covers on every time i'm done riding and i've never had any problems. But like someone mentioned in another post, it's very important to oil the leather tack regularly to keep them in good condition and avoid it from cracking no matter where your tack is stored :)
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