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        12-12-2009, 07:40 PM
    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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        12-12-2009, 07:43 PM
    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.
        12-12-2009, 07:47 PM
    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
        12-12-2009, 08:13 PM
    Oh.. I don't have a heated tack room. But I supose warming it up with your hands is good.
        12-12-2009, 08:15 PM
    I warm my bit up either in my hands, the lounge, or for MY horse who is boarded where I don't 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. :)
        12-12-2009, 08:44 PM
    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!
        12-12-2009, 09:04 PM
    Green Broke
    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.
        12-12-2009, 09:07 PM
    Green Broke
    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.
        12-12-2009, 09:34 PM
    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.
        12-12-2009, 10:21 PM
    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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