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post #11 of 22 Old 12-12-2009, 09:26 PM
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Once again <3 heated barns..

At an unheated barn I know, they have an old soup can nailed to the wall with a hook above it so they rest the bit on the can with the bridle hanging. Then chuck a tea light in the can and put an inflammable cover on it. There are a few holes in the can to let oxygen in too.
Can you tell this place is owned by an engineer?? lol...
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post #12 of 22 Old 12-12-2009, 09:36 PM
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i ride in below freezing temps & have never had a problem with a bit when its that cold. at my barn we have a space heater in the restroom so i turn it on when i get there & hang my bridle up there. my hands are always really cold so i hate holding a cold bit, i need all the warmth i can get !

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post #13 of 22 Old 12-12-2009, 10:44 PM
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We use a hair dryer to warm the bit up.
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post #14 of 22 Old 12-13-2009, 03:22 AM
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So long as the bit is warm before you put it in their mouth, everything should be fine. I have never had a problem with a horse showing discomfort due to a cold bit after it was already in their mouth. However, I do feel sorry for them in REALLY cold weather because I figure they can feel the cold in the bit; not enough to be painful but maybe uncomfortable. Anymore, I try to ride in either a halter or bosal hackamore in cold weather.

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post #15 of 22 Old 12-15-2009, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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i think i might just bring the bridle in the house!! sounds eaiser!!!
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post #16 of 22 Old 12-15-2009, 08:19 PM
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never have that problem, is always fairly warm here
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post #17 of 22 Old 12-15-2009, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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yeah i live in MN. It gets REALLY cold here nowadays!!!!! in the negatives!!!

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post #18 of 22 Old 12-15-2009, 08:54 PM
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If I am riding in the REALLY cold weather I wont use a bit, just halter and my gaming reins. but if I do use a bit, I just put it in my jacket while im tacking up.

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post #19 of 22 Old 12-15-2009, 09:11 PM
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I live in Wisconsin where it gets crazy cold. I work for a trail riding facility and we ride all the time. We try to make sure that the bits are warm for them. Granteed you can't get them super warm when you have to walk outside and put them in but something is better than nothing. If you are worried about it and your horse does okay bridless than go ahead and do that. I have a 5 year old and she is not up for that yet on trail becuase with snow everthing looks different so sometimes you can have a hors get spooked out there so be careful of that. As far as riding in the cold cold temps if your horse is boarded outside then its not really a problem but try not to bring them in and out when they are hot and cold. There lungs can take alot but it is just like us when you go outside in the really cold your lungs can hurt the same thing can happen to horses. Good luck and enjoy the winter
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post #20 of 22 Old 12-15-2009, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, yeah my mom and dad are talking about getting a heated barn, BEcause my mare Roxxi MIGHT be pregnant and plus our Big Horn Sheep babies are always born in the winter time and sometimes, of the cold weather, some dont make it.

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