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post #1 of 12 Old 01-27-2012, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping bits clean.

Hi there,
So I just bought a new bit for shows, and im wondering how to keep it looking sparkly and clean?
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-27-2012, 10:06 PM
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Well, most obviously, you clean it after every ride – just wipe it down with a cloth. Something you can do with your bit is boil it! It not only sanitizes it, but it also makes it sparkly clean; Just remember that the bit is very hot when it comes out of the pot, so take it out with tongs, etc.

I've heard of/seen a lot of bit "polishes," but I'd have a hard time with putting chemicals like that into my horse's mouth.

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post #3 of 12 Old 01-27-2012, 10:08 PM
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I wash my bits after each ride and wipe them dry with the paper towel (rings including)
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-27-2012, 10:38 PM
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I use bit wipes, peppermint flavored, before AND after every ride.

But you can use soap and water. I'd be hesitant about using a polish. Maybe one that's vegetable based?

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post #5 of 12 Old 01-27-2012, 10:54 PM
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Am I the only one who doesn't clean her bits regularly? Lol, I do hose mine off before a show though.

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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.
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I assume you're actually talking about the silver outside, since you say it's a show bit? What is it made of? That will tell you how to take care of it properly.
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post #8 of 12 Old 01-28-2012, 09:16 AM
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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.
Couldn't agree more. Plus those dirty bits are simply gross.

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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.
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-29-2012, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
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I assume it is made out of stainless steel. I will just wash it after every ride and see how it goes. I've never heard of bit wipes. I wonder if we can get them here in Aus?
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