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    06-28-2009, 06:04 PM
Talking bits

I got a bit that has been used before and it has green stuff on it its called petina. Is ok for my horse or should I get a new one?????????????
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    06-28-2009, 06:35 PM
I'm assuming it's a copper mouth bit. I would try soaking it in vinegar-water, mixed pretty strong, and see if the green comes off. If it doesn't come clean, I would just get a new one. I don't think the "noble rust" would harm the horse, but I've never seen it on a bit, and better safe than sorry. I'd be super leery of using a commercial/chemical copper cleaner, those are pretty nasty to have any possibility of being near a horse's mouth, IMO.

I've seen bits with dried grass slime on them so thick that it could pass for patina, and I deal with that with a soak in hot, not boiling, water and (I use Palmolive) dishsoap until the water cools, then chisel at it with an old toothbrush and toothpicks. Nast work, but I have clean bits afterward. I use enough dishsoap that when it's mixed in I get a layer of foam on top of the water, like 2 good sqeezes of the bottle.
    06-28-2009, 07:55 PM
Thanks ya it is a copper mouth peice. I have soaked it but not in viniger water that's interesting.
    06-29-2009, 08:28 AM
Some steel wool won't hurt it - even some Brillo. There's no need for a new one and after some use, it will clean itself without hurting your horse. If you are using any kind of soap or vinegar, be sure use a brush to get all of it off. It can get caught in the joints and have an awful taste.

I would certainly avoid the chemical copper cleaners due to their content.

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