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    Default Storing tack in a shed

    I have a small storage shed attached to my house. My saddle and bridle are currently sitting in the middle of my living room and I would like to put them in a more permanent place in the shed. Its very solid but not insulated... does tack storage need to be insulated? I feel silly asking this but I don't want my tack damaged by storing it improperly.



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    when i had my horses at home i kept all my tack in my hay shed, which definitely wasn't insulated. didn't seem to do it any harm.
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    I'm in CA so it never gets really cold, but it does get hot. I have to keep my tack in a shed. It hasn't done it any harm.



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    My tack lives in our uninsulated barn. It gets very hot and very cold (we're in Indiana). I'm not sure its the *best* thing for it, but it hasn't seemed to do it any observable harm.



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    Well- Just make sure your shed is rodent proof or figure a way to store your tack so rats, etc. can't get to it. It is surprising how much damage a rat can do in just one night.

    If you have to store tack in a shed, at least get a sturdy tack trunk. Hangling your saddle on one of these metal saddle racks that mount directly to the wall can work - if your walls are not rough and climbable, and you put the rack high enough that the rats can't jump up to reach the saddle. At the very least get a sturdy canvas saddle bag for your saddle.

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    And for moisture control, get a big Damp-Rid bucket. Really helps!
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    Thanks for the input. I think I will have enough space to get a saddle rack and attach it to the wall. I've lived here for 5 years and go into the shed at least 1x month and have yet to see a rat (yikes!). I will however, keep eyes open for them. I will still use my tack about 1x a week, so I will be able to monitor any rodent happenings.



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    In Va leather left in an unairconditioned space will mold in the summer
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    Moisture is the enemy of all tack.

    If you live in a damp area then look for something to reduce moisture in the air. A dehumidifier is best. I suspect there may be alternatives but I'm not aware of any.

    If you live in a a dry area then ensure some ventillation (stagnant air is also bad for tack as it's good for mold). A vent or two at the top and bottom of a door should do it.

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    Make sure to keep using it as neglect will kill tack stored outside more than anything else. And set it up to keep the cats from using your saddle as a scratching post too.
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