Originally Posted by SouthernTrailsGA
Eggbutt Snaffle Bits and some other types if Broken Bits do come in crome, the cheap ones from overseas...
If you are looking at one of those types, spend a few dollars more for Stainless Steel.
I have seen the chromed bits after a few years flaking off chrome and gets in the horse mouth....aghhhhhh
Edit, found an interesting article All Around Horse Bits
Yup - plating (usually on foreign-made bits) was done to save cost and polishing during the 'Nickel' era, after plain steel and before stainless steel.
They always corrode and flake, initially at wear points eg. The mouthpiece link and ring/mouthpiece junctures, just where you don't want sharp edges.
Stick with stainless, unless your horse doesn't get on with the taste. Cavalrytales Blog