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    08-27-2010, 03:41 PM
I want to know about aluminum bits...

This is what I use on my mare when I'm reining: http://www.kotrading.com/productimag...its/261100.jpg

I've tried a lot of bits, and she definitely seems to like that one the best.

Is it true that aluminum tastes bad? How on earth would you know whether your horse thought it tasted bad?

How exactly does the lightness of the bit affect the horse? Does it make it milder? Is there any difference?

I ask because I've been using my trainers bit and want to buy my own. I found two - one with an aluminum mouthpiece and one with a sweet iron mouthpiece.

Will the sweet iron mouthpiece make the bit a lot heavier? Or will it still be a lot lighter than, say, a completely stainless steel bit?

Thanks : )
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    08-27-2010, 03:49 PM
None of my horses like an aluminum bit. Though they don't really act like it by throwing a fit. My horses that are usually quiet on the bit will chew a lot and shake their head a lot. Their mouths are really dry when I take the bit out and while they are wearing it, they just don't look happy. They much prefer either a sweet iron or copper-inlaid steel. With that, they are just happier and the mouth is nice and moist when I take the bit out.

I have been told that a heavier bit encourages the horse to carry it better as opposed to just letting it lay there in their mouth though most my bits are so similar in shape and size that I never notice a difference. Regardless of what 'everybody' says about aluminum bits, you should choose what works best for your mare and every horse is different. I had a horse years ago that hated having copper in his bit. If you tried to put one on him, the second it touched his tongue, he would pick his head up and start trying to spit it out and you could not get the bridle the rest of the way on. But put a stainless steel or an aluminum bit on him and he would drop his head and completely relax. He was a weirdo but that's what he liked.
    08-27-2010, 03:57 PM
So... since she's quiet, slobbery, and carrying the bit okay I should just ignore what I've heard about them? I guess she's just weird, haha.

Here's proof she doesn't have a problem with dryness:
    08-27-2010, 04:06 PM
LOL, sounds like.
    08-27-2010, 04:22 PM
Green Broke
I don't care for bits with aluminum mouth pieces. The sides are fine, esepcially with a shanked bit as it helps reduce the weight of the overall bit. But for the mouth piece I prefer stainless steel, sweet iron, or a copper alloy. Aluminum tends to dry out the horse's mouth; none of the horses I have tried them on liked them.
    08-27-2010, 04:24 PM
Green Broke
Oh, and the bit you posted looks similar to Quick Bits, which have aluminum cheeks, but stainless steel mouths. I have two quick bits and really like the swivle (sp?) cheeks.
    08-27-2010, 04:25 PM
Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
Oh, and the bit you posted looks similar to Quick Bits, which have aluminum cheeks, but stainless steel mouths. I have two quick bits and really like the swivle (sp?) cheeks.
The bit I use was actually custom-made for my trainer, so I'm positive the mouthpiece is aluminum. Thanks for replying : )

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