• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Humidity + Tack Locker = Yuck! Ideas?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Humidity + Tack Locker = Yuck! Ideas?

    Thanks to this lovely weather we've been having, my tack is miserable (just like me). Here is the situation: I have a tack locker where I board my horse that is similar to a wooden cabinet, which creates the following problems:
    1. It is not ventilated and I cannot drill holes in it or alter it in any way.
    2. It must stay closed and locked at all times because things will majikally disappear if it is not.
    3. My girth/saddle pad/helmet are not always completely dry when I have to lock them back up because of the disgusting humidity.
    4. I can't take my tack home overnight because I half-lease my horse so everything needs to be there for the lessee to use.
    Oh, wise COTH members, what do you recommend? I need something to absorb moisture to get rid of the funky/musty smell in there and to keep my tack from growing mold. Has anyone had any luck with something like DampRid in their tack lockers? I'd love any suggestions!

  • #2
    Yes, DampRid works great!


    • #3
      I don't know DampRid specifically, but those little things with the crystals or whatever in them that attract moisture from the air work wonders. One of the houses I rented had a bathroom that was very poorly vented and so it sort of had a perpetual musty/moldy smell until I took to keeping one of those things in there all the time.


      • #4
        I second Damp Rid. You can get refills for the containers. Even with that, if your helmet is really wet, take it home with you and let it dry out.


        • #5
          I had a bucket of Damp-Rid in my hand tonite and put it back on the shelf. I'm having a problem with all of my tack getting moldy. We have had a ton of rain this past week and everything is steamy...ugh! To top it off, my tack stall is just that: a stall that I've converted into my tack/feed room since the other barn that housed my tack room had to be torn down. It's obviously not fully enclosed so I was wondering how much the Damp-Rid would work.
          Anyone have any ideas they could send my way?
          Crayola posse~ orange yellow, official pilot
          Proud owner of "High Flight" & "Shorty"


          • #6
            Where is DampRid sold???
            Nobody puts baby in a corner


            • #7
              2 saddle pads

              and each take one home to wash/and or/dry

              or a bottle of real bleach [not the color safe, smell good, not really bleach] in the locker back corner with the cap left off [or just loose if the chlorine smell becomes overpowering]
              caution anything not stainless steel will corrode
              more hay, less grain


              • #8
                I got DampRid at Walmart anytime I had bought it in the past, or any grocery store
                FREE TACK/APPAREL ADS: BITS AND BARTER BOARD: http://bitsandbarter.proboards.com/i...ay&thread=5450


                • #9
                  Charcol briquettes can help and for the tack stall one , if you have electric close by, a dehumidifier really does the trick.


                  • #10
                    I love DampRid too in my tack armoire'.

                    Any Walgreens, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Home Depot or hardware store should have them. They come in assorted sizes too.
                    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


                    • #11
                      A dehumidifier in the tack room will do wonders; so will an air conditioner.

                      You might try a local gun shop. There are many products sold to protect weapons from the ravages of humidity. You might find somethere there you can use.

                      Good luck!

                      Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão


                      • #12
                        If many boarders were having this problem, you would think a responsible barn owner/manager would put in a dehumidifier, or modify the lockers to permit proper air circulation.

                        When we built the lockers where we use to board, we designed them for free flow of air. We used perforated pegboard for the backs and left 2" gaps at the top and bottom of the locker doors.
                        The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
                        Winston Churchill


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by HuntJumpSC View Post
                          I had a bucket of Damp-Rid in my hand tonite and put it back on the shelf. I'm having a problem with all of my tack getting moldy. We have had a ton of rain this past week and everything is steamy...ugh! To top it off, my tack stall is just that: a stall that I've converted into my tack/feed room since the other barn that housed my tack room had to be torn down. It's obviously not fully enclosed so I was wondering how much the Damp-Rid would work.
                          Anyone have any ideas they could send my way?
                          DampRid will help, even in open areas, if you put out enough. Boat places will also have good ideas. Although a dehumidifier will work best, a boat drier (also called a cabin drier) will also help. Very low temps, so no fire danger.