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post #1 of 26 Old 02-13-2009, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Rust! Ahhhh!

So I seem to have a problem with my bits getting rusty. It seems like it is my higher end ones too, which you think would be the opposite. I was just wondering if anyone had any tips on preventing this, getting it off (I scrubbed one with a SOS pad for 1/2 hour and there is still rust) and what materials seem to do this???

Also I bought an English Saddle and most of the hardware on it is rusty???

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post #2 of 26 Old 02-13-2009, 04:13 PM
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I believe with bits (especially the higher end ones) that rust is good. As weird as it sounds, it makes it taste better for the horse, and I don't know 100% if it's actually rust.

If the rust is making any part of the mouthpiece sharp or pointy, I would discontinue use of that bit.

If i'm wrong, someone please correct me
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post #3 of 26 Old 02-13-2009, 04:41 PM
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That doesn't sound right to me. A bit should be made of stainless steel. Never heard of that happening. I would toss it and get another one.

On a side note, even if it were to not taste bad for your horse, why would you ever let your horse eat, or suck on rust?? There are reasons why you give tetanus shot to your horse ;)
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"Sweet iron rusts which causes the horse to salivate, the copper causes salivation too. For some reason, horses really like the taste of the rust. You may see this as ugly rust, but the horse will love it. "

I got it from this website
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Well yes, Copper makes sense as it's made for that purpose but rust is a health issue. I wouldn't see that as safe practice.
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If it were me and my horses, bye bye bit! I would NEVER in a million years let a horse eat rust! Also, the internet lies alot.

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I know not to believe everything on the internet, but there are some things with metals that aren't a lie.

If you want, go do research on bits and rusting and see which ones rust (or are more prone to it, and which ones aren't)

If it were me, depending on the severity of the rust on the bit, i'd either see what I can do to stop the rust or let my horse have it.
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If anyone has a Dover catalog, you'll find some surprising information about bits and rust.

They don't say "this bit will rust", but they do use oxidation, which when looked up basically means the mixing the oxygen and water with metal that produces rust.

HS Sprenger bits that retail for over $100 is just one of a few bits that oxidize.
Straight from the catalog:


I'm doing this to be like "I'm right and you're wrong", but I had remembered reading about bits and rust but didn't recall everything I had read, so I did more research and looked in catalogs to see what I could find.
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I still think it is a horrible thing to risk your horse to a horrible sickness like that.

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post #10 of 26 Old 02-13-2009, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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The bit that is doing it is a Francois Gauthier Reining bit and whats werid is that it even rusted on the shanks and is only a year old. It was painted a light brown on the shanks and well almost the whole thing rusted???

FG Training Series Medium Port Bit. 5 1/8" Sweet Iron Brushed Mouthpiece w/ Copper Inlays. 8 1/2" Balanced Training S Shanks, Engraved w/ SS Dots.

Heres a picture of what it looked like brand new:




Here is what it looks like now after I scrubed it forever









I paid somewhere around $60 for it last year so it is not even that old. Looks like it is only $50 now. I havn't even used it for like 6 months and I pulled it out and it looked like this! Very Frustrating!

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