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    07-17-2013, 01:30 PM
Pictures :)

So this is the bridle and bit. Pictures don't really do it justice. The leather is really good quality with the only signs of cracking being slight and only on the noseband. I just love the look of the old style hunter bridles. You can't really tell from the pics but the rings on the bit are flat which is pretty neat.
I tried the baking soda paste on the bit this morning and although it did clean it up some it still needs something else. I think I'm going to go to walmart this afternoon and get some metal cleaner and see what happens.
I'll try to post some pics of it on my boy when I'm done :)
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    07-17-2013, 01:36 PM
Originally Posted by Tnavas    
unclearthur - you do rinse the bit after polishing! Have always used metal polish on the mouthpiece with no problems!
Okay - but there's no point polishing something that stays hidden :)

PS - I've just seen the pics. Flat rings are notorious for pinching lips, so you need to be particularly careful about size and sharp edges where the rings run through the mouthpiece.
    07-17-2013, 01:53 PM
Yes - it is definitely a Nickel bit - you may find SOLID NICKEL stamped on the mouthpiece somewhere. 50 years ago these were the normal bit. They clean up well with the liquid brass cleaner.

Check any areas that have moving parts as these bits are made of a soft metal that wears badly, the joint in the centre can wear very thin and they are known to break. Attack all sharp edges with a very fine file, also if the horse chews the bit you may find sharp areas on the mouthpiece. We used to have a pony that would grab and hold onto the bit and had actually compressed the metal so that there were flat areas on each side.

The bridle looks in very sound condition. Lucky you
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    07-17-2013, 04:40 PM
Thanks for all of the advice guys! Unclearthur, I was thinking I might have trouble with pinching because of all of the extra space around the o rings... I'll see how he goes in it but maybe it can be fixed by using bits guards if it does pinch?
Tnavas- the bit seems completely smooth but I will definitely watch out for the development of sharp edges. Thanks for the warning :)
I'm heading out to get the brass cleaner now! Thanks again guys! I'll let you know how it turns out!
    07-17-2013, 05:00 PM
Originally Posted by laurapratt01    
I'll see how he goes in it but maybe it can be fixed by using bits guards if it does pinch?
As long as it's wide enough to take the bit guards' extra thickness. And you'll need split rubber (or leather) guards, as you can't take the bit off...
    07-17-2013, 09:19 PM

I used the Brasso cleaner and just cleaned the o rings because that stuff smells terrible and it took a really long time to do the o rings and my thumb was falling asleep :) It did a really good job! I might do the mouthpiece another day. I tried it on my pony and it seemed to fit fine. I rode him around a little bit and he didn't mind it. I think I'll still get the bit guards though, just as a precaution. I'm very happy with the bridle overall :) Thanks again for all of the advice! Here's some pics of my guy in his new duds!
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    07-19-2013, 11:58 AM
Dish washer works great!
    07-19-2013, 01:41 PM
Fits really well - you shouldn't need the bit guards - I never used them in all the years I had a flat loose ring snaffle on my pony - it never rubbed - the bit looks big enough.

Just keep an eye on the corners of his mouth for any chafing and also on the edges of the bit too for sharp edges.

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