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post #1 of 22 Old 12-12-2009, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question Bits & Wintertime

I was wondering if it is bad to ride horses in the cold (below freezing) with a bit. Like if you stick your tongue to a pole it sticks. I have always rode a horse in a halter or hackamore.

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post #2 of 22 Old 12-12-2009, 06:43 PM
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Hmm, never thought about it. Usually I avoid riding in that cold of weather, not fair for you nor your horse to work in that temp.

Interesting question.

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post #3 of 22 Old 12-12-2009, 06:47 PM
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It's best to warm it up before putting it in their mouth, but no it is not wrong. We now have a heated tack room, but I used to just warm it up with my hands or inside my coat before putting it in their mouth
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post #4 of 22 Old 12-12-2009, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Oh.. I dont have a heated tack room. But i supose warming it up with your hands is good.

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post #5 of 22 Old 12-12-2009, 07:15 PM
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I warm my bit up either in my hands, the lounge, or for MY horse who is boarded where I dont have access to a heated lounge, I will leave the bridle in the house, take it with me to the barn in the car so it gets all warm in there. :)
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post #6 of 22 Old 12-12-2009, 07:44 PM
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Oooh I see. I ride in the Winter, of course *just not in freezing temperatures* - and when I do, I use my Bit Warmer. I stick it in the nooker for a few mintues and then wrap it around my bit. It hangs on my bit while I catch him, groom him, tack him up and by the time it is ready to go into his mouth, it is nice and warm for him.

I used to warm it up with my hand, but that sucks in the cold. Once I put my winter riding gloves on, I don't want to have to take them off to warm my bit.

So the Bit Warmer comes in handy :)

Now, with the bit sticking to their lips or tongue, I have never seen it happen - but again, I don't ride my horse in the freezing temperatures. I don't think it would happen though - good question!

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post #7 of 22 Old 12-12-2009, 08:04 PM
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I ride my horses at all temps, but it never gets really below freezing here, and if I am riding in the cold, I only do light flatwork, like stretching and such. I have an insulated tack room, so the bit isn't that bad.

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post #8 of 22 Old 12-12-2009, 08:07 PM
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I normally don't ride with a bit in the winter, but if I want to, I bring my bit home (It is actually sitting in my car right now) So when I want to ride with a bit I have it all nice and warm.

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post #9 of 22 Old 12-12-2009, 08:34 PM
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I shove the bit into my jacket; usually keep my bridles inside during the winter. That way they are warm when I go to put it in the horse's mouth.

I do ride alot in a bosal or rope halter though, too.

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post #10 of 22 Old 12-12-2009, 09:21 PM
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In the winter, I keep the bridles in the house where it's warm. I go right out to the field and bridle them up there so the bit doesn't have a chance to get too cold. When it's REALLY cold, like -25 celcius, I keep the bridle inside my coat from the house to the horse.
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