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???
"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. "
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.
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!