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    01-06-2011, 08:57 PM
Homemade Bit Warmer

So somebody had an awesome post somewhere on the forums where they made their own bit warmer. I'm a bit of a seamstress so I figured I'd give it a shot. To whoever had the idea, THANK YOU! If I put another cold bit in my mare's mouth she's going to disown me.

Inside this flannel pouch is a cotton holder of sorts, that has 3 pockets full of rice and tea (to make it smell yummy!). They are segmented so I could wrap it. It's finished with a plain button. Was a fun project and free, so obviously that's even better. Hope you like!
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    01-06-2011, 09:14 PM
Oooh that's a good idea
My mare is going to disown me if I stick (attempt to!) another cold bit in her mouth, I just used a rubber bit during the winter because I didn't think of that.
    01-06-2011, 10:47 PM
I keep my bridles in the basement for the winter and bridle at the door, but not everyone can do that.

Another option for the diy-er is to build a little box (or find a heat resitant plastic container), cut a hole in the bottom for a regular household light bulb (not flourescent). Keep the bit in there with the light on while you pick out feet or whatever and the bit will be quite warm. Actually might be too warm, so be sure to check it first!

I don't understand what the rice and tea are for though. How does that keep the bit warm or make it warm?
    01-06-2011, 11:12 PM
Green Broke
I just use small ceramic space heater (the little box space heaters). I turn it on high and lay my bridle over the top of it so the bit is hanging in the middle of the heater grate. After about 2-3 minutes, the bit is toasty warm! Of course, you have to have an electrical outlet in your tack room for this to work .
    01-06-2011, 11:57 PM
Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
I don't understand what the rice and tea are for though. How does that keep the bit warm or make it warm?
The rice is what kees this warm- throw it in the microwave before you head to the barn and the dried rice holds the heat. The tea is just for scent.
    01-07-2011, 12:07 AM
Green Broke
I want to make one! I felt the bit on my face the other day and I about died. It was sooo cold! I tried warming it up under my coat and it didn't help. Can I have the thread for this?
    01-07-2011, 10:45 PM
Originally Posted by aspin231    
The rice is what kees this warm- throw it in the microwave before you head to the barn and the dried rice holds the heat. The tea is just for scent.

Exactly. I used it for the first time tonight, and it worked like a charm.

As for the other poster I can't remember where the thread was with this design in it! So sorry!
    01-08-2011, 01:16 AM
I have my own homemade bit warmer too! I call it 'My Hands" :)
    01-08-2011, 01:58 AM
Green Broke
My hands are always freezing so it doesn't help me out.
    01-08-2011, 08:07 AM
Then you totally need glove/toe warmers. I couldn't live without them. They are the only reason I can ride during the winter months for sure.

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