TUESDAY TIDBITS: TACK MOLD (UGH) AND ‘THE POCKET HOSE’ – DANGER!


Monday, February 4th, 2013 | Filed under Handy Tips




Today I was inspired by the nice weather so I skipped out to my trailer to pretty-up my tack and…

UGHHHHHH YAKITY YAK PATOOEY!

Mold.

Yup.

Every season, with all good intentions, I tell myself that I will clean and put away my tack… and do I do it?

A little.

I mean, I get the tack that I don’t use much put away.

But I always seem to leave out my favorite tack for ‘the next sunny day’.

Oy.

I hate when I do that.

Normally I would show you a photo at this point.

And I actually did take a photo of my moldy bridle.

But then I thought better of it.  I was embarrassed.

So instead, I’ll show you photos of what works to remove gacky mold.

It is said that this is the only product on the market that truly inhibits mold growth.  I found this 'equestrian sample' bag and thought it might be a good deal to see if I like it.  You can click on the image to go to the page.

It is said that this is the only product on the market that truly inhibits mold growth. I found this ‘equestrian sample’ bag and thought it might be a good deal to see if I like it. You can click on the image to go to the page. (no affiliation)

THE ONLY STUFF THAT ACTUALLY INHIBITS MOLD GROWTH

OK, we all know that mold likes to grow in dark, moist areas – specifically for me, my tack room in my trailer during the winter.

What we are supposed to do with our tack when we are putting it away for the season:

–Clean it, BAKE IT IN THE SUN (because UV rays are what kill mold), warm your favorite oil and lay the bridle in a shallow container to soak in the warm oil (the warm oil goes into the leather and kills the spores), LAY IT IN THE SUN AGAIN, when dry, wrap it in waterproof canvas or a towel and put it in a ziplock and then store in a dry place like a tack trunk or a sealed rubber crate.

But, if you fail to do that – like I did – you can purchase these products from Leather Therapy.  I’ve never used them but I have read that this is the only product on the market that has been proven to kill mold, not just wipe it away.

Also, another tip is that you never want to use glycerin saddle soap because it has a humectant which actually attracts moisture.

This is the product that is known to kill mold spores... click image to go to website.

This is the product that is known to kill mold spores… click image to go to website.

MOLDY CHAPS!

I found some chaps at a garage sale that were really nice but really moldy.  I had read that you can throw them into the washer with Pine Sol or Lysol liquid and they will clean right up.  It worked!

WHAT I LIKE TO USE…

I like to use Skidmore’s leather products.  They aren’t proven to kill mold, but I just like the way they feel and smell.  And I always leave my tack in the sun to dry.  Some wise old Indian (a relative) told me this long ago.

Here is a quote from their website.

Nice.

Nice.

I use this. (no affiliation)

I use this. (no affiliation)

THE ‘POCKET HOSE’ DANGER!

This warning was mailed to me so I’m passing it onto you.

I had never heard of the Pocket Hose… and, this could all be an urban myth or a disgruntled competitor.  I did go onto the site and it says nothing about using it for drinking.

Here is the email:

PEOPLE AND ANIMALS —//DO NOT DRINK FROM THE NEW POCKET HOSE
Please spread the word
This was sent to me by a horse owner.

The following info is included in packaging but who reads packaging!  A hose is a hose – wrong!!

WARNING
DO NOT drink from this hose.
The water in this hose may become contaminated and cause serious health effects.

The “do not drink” warning is buried in the product packaging, and it is not posted on the website and needs to be! Their website is pockethose.com, you may recognize it from TV advertising.
Be cautious – rather safe than sorry!

DO NOT DRINK FROM THE NEW “POCKETHOSE” because of the chemicals used in the product that will leach into the water!  The “do not drink” warning is buried in the product packaging, and it is not posted on the website and needs to be!  Their website is pockethose.com<http://pockethose.com/>, you may recognize it from TV advertising.

I especially want to pass this along to horse people as this looked ideal for filling the horse trough in the winter, because it’s light, compact and easy to drain and bring back into the house so that it doesn’t freeze.  I also thought it would be great to store in a horse trailer or camper for drinking water or horse water. I ordered a few of them from the website, and the website does not disclose any warnings. The hoses come in a plastic container with a label, and the caution is on the INSIDE of the label where most people will not look. Each hose has a small instruction tag attached to it, but no warnings there either.

This is exactly how the caution reads:
WARNING
DO NOT drink from this hose.
The water in this hose may become contaminated and cause serious health effects.

I thought the warning might just be because bacteria can grow in any hose, so I called the product’s customer service line, and the person I talked to CONFIRMED that these hoses should only be used for things like washing your car and watering plants.  I directly asked him about using it for horse water and he said no, do not use it for animals because of the chemicals that will come out in the water.  I am going to push for them to disclose this in their advertising, but in the meantime please help get the word out!

I had never heard of this hose... not safe to drink from or have your animals drink from it.  Too bad, it looks very handy... but there is a chemical that creates its use that is harmful to mammals.

I had never heard of this hose… not safe to drink from or have your animals drink from it. Too bad, it looks very handy… but there is a chemical that creates its use that is harmful to mammals.

 

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4 comments have been posted...

  1. Diane

    The gal in the ad is holding a water bottle!!!! How misleading is that!?! Thank you for sharing this information. I wonder how many animals will suffer as a result of this irresponsible product…

  2. Eveline

    Thank you for the info on the hose! What I’ve always done with leather tack that I’m not using for a while, is slathering vaseline on and wrapping it in news papers. Even after years of not using it, you can just wipe the vaseline off and you’re good to go.

  3. Robynne Catheron

    Oh my goodness, THANK YOU for the information on the hose! It’s also called the Flexable Hose, and I just ordered two of them, one for my horse trailer and one for the barn. I called the company just now, and luckily they hadn’t shipped yet and I was able to cancel the order. What a lousy, misleading ad! Again, thanks. I’m sharing this!

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