Originally Posted by Allison Finch
I wipe my bits after every ride. Dried grass and slobber dry into a rough abrasive coating that doesn't soften quickly. It is like having sandpaper on the bit. Not easy on the corners of the horse's mouth.
ITA - I would rather have a clean and well-maintained bit in my horse's mouth, the time it takes is so minimal it's silly not to,imo.