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post #1 of 3 Old 07-12-2013, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Fungus among us

So, I usually store my saddle (western) in a co-oped dog wash area. There is a group of four nude mice in there as well (long story). It has been really humid here lately and my saddle is growing a lovely crop of green mold. I have not been riding as often as I did last summer (every three or so days as opposed to everyday or every other day). I have removed the saddle from the washing area and have it next to my saddling area which is an open shed. Is there something that I can use to treat/prevent the mold. I love my saddle and I would love it more if it was not greenish. I usually use mink oil or extra virgin olive oil (amish tip) when I oil my saddle. I usually oil/clean it every 6 or so months. Any advice or commiseration is welcome.
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-12-2013, 07:02 PM
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Last time my tack got seriously moldy I wipe off all the mold, washed it throughly, let it dry, sprayed it lightly with Lysol, let it sit for a few minutes then oiled it. That took care of it!
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-12-2013, 08:36 PM
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I think what you are seeing rookie is mildew vice mold..a slight difference but still unsightly. Understand I ride english but leather is leather. To clear mildew I use a similar technique to what SlideStop recommended. I clean the leather with saddle doesn't leave a residue as some other cleaners. I then spray with the Lysol and leave the saddle (and/or other type of leather gear) in the sun for about 15 minutes then respray with Lysol and leave out for another 15 mins or so. After a half hour I condition with Horseman's One Step as I find it works better than a standard saddle oil and doesn't leave a film. The idea is to clean the leather, kill the mildew/mold spores and then recondition. You don't want to clean with a cleaner that leaves a coating on the leather, like a combination cleaner and conditioner, as it will seal in the spores and the Lysol won't penetrate as deeply.
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