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  • Storing nice tack??

    Hi! I'm going to college, but am unwilling to sell my nice tack before I go because I hope to come back to riding in the summers and maybe even sooner than that depending on a bunch of different factors. I'm nervous about where and how to store my tack to prevent it from cracking or becoming really moldy etc. Any tips?

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    Here's what I did:
    cleaned and conditioned bridles, halters, leads shanks:
    lined bottom of cardboard storage box with newspaper;
    wrapped bridles, halters, lead shanks loosely with cloth ( I think it was old sheets)
    covered box with a lid.
    stored on a shelf in basement of parent's home

    Lasted around 35 years. Took them out a few times to condition and replaced in the box the same way. They are now hanging up nicley after being conditioned last year.

    The only bad thing that happened was the sheepskin rotted off of the halter.

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    • #3
      You can also put vaseline on the buckles to prevent buckle corrosion. Don't pack anything too tightly- when leather is folded tightly it can dry out and crack at the fold. Try to find a humidity controlled area, if not temp controlled, to prevent mold, etc. If something does mold, put a little vinegar in your wash water because it kills the mold spores. Hope that helps!
      It's psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I'll get a saw.

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      • #4
        What kind of vinegar do you use for that? How diluted? Never heard of that before... wouldn't it dry the leather more?


        I use kocholine grease - I guess vaseline would be the cheaper option... not sure about putting that on the leather though. Just clean, grease it up, put it somewhere that doesn't get too hot/cold/wet, make sure it's not crimped up, and cover loosely. If it's quality leather, it should be fine.

        Also just be aware that with saddles, if you're leaving it sitting on something (even a saddle stand) for a long time, you need to pad the stand to avoid compression of wool flocking in weird ways... a western thick wool pad works well.

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          #5
          Thanks everyone! All of that helps a lot! There's a possibility of me riding again before winter comes, so I think I'll just try to bring it home, clean/condition it, and put it in my basement loosely in boxes and on stands with covers. Any more tips or improvements to my plan welcome!! Thanks again!

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          • #6
            A friend gave me all of her old tack when she retired from riding. We went up to the hayloft of the barn and opened trunks that hadn't been touched in quite a while. Her tack came out soft, pliable and clean.

            Her secret? She would clean and condition the tack once or twice a year, and she stored it in those flannel shoe/boot bags that nice leather goods come in. If you can find someone who buys nice shoes or another source for those bags, they seem to do a terrific job.
            They don't call me frugal for nothing.
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            • #7
              A friend borrowed my good hunt bridle which I'd kept cleaned and conditioned, but had not used for several years, for an "appointments" class. She returned it cleaned and conditioned, had treated it to prevent mold with "Leather Therapy" for mold (you can also use a light vinegar wash) and had wrapped it loosely in brown paper tied with string. I packed it back away in a trunk, and last time I looked (4 or 5 years later) it looked as great as the day she returned it.
              What would you try if you knew you would not fail?

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              • #8
                I stored mine in a trunk, wrapped in old hand towels, while I was at college. Don't forget to unbuckle all the buckles.
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                  Originally posted by evans36 View Post
                  What kind of vinegar do you use for that? How diluted? Never heard of that before... wouldn't it dry the leather more?


                  I use kocholine grease - I guess vaseline would be the cheaper option... not sure about putting that on the leather though. Just clean, grease it up, put it somewhere that doesn't get too hot/cold/wet, make sure it's not crimped up, and cover loosely. If it's quality leather, it should be fine.

                  Also just be aware that with saddles, if you're leaving it sitting on something (even a saddle stand) for a long time, you need to pad the stand to avoid compression of wool flocking in weird ways... a western thick wool pad works well.
                  I just put a splash of white vinegar in about an inch of water (I know, very scientific... sorry) and then clean my tack with it (but only after it has actually molded). Then I use Effax Lederbalsam to condition (although I'm sure any conditioner would work). I've used this on my tack which is of pretty darn good quality and never had a problem.... but maybe I wouldn't wash with just vinegar. In my experience the vaseline doesn't harm the leather.
                  It's psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I'll get a saw.

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                  • #10
                    The only thing I do beyond what has been mentioned is put a couple of moth balls in with the leather goods and then close the lid. It prevents mold and saves the sheepskin.
                    Anne
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