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post #1 of 8 Old 06-01-2010, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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Question Rust on bit...? Help!

I bought a thin smooth wire snaffle from here 6 months ago, and it's only been used 25(ish) time, cleaned after each use and put away in my tack room when I'm done with it. Greg Darnall Bits – Snaffles

Today when I went to put it in my mares mouth I saw it had rust over the mouth part (not on the rings)...

I can't use it still, can I? Is there anything I can use to get the rust off?

I also got a twisted snaffle at the same time, and it has been used about the same amount and care for the same, but it has no rust...
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-01-2010, 01:40 AM
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What is the mouthpiece made of?


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It's the second bit shown: Greg Darnall Bits – Snaffles

It doesn't say.... The one before it is sweet iron, so maybe that?
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If it sweet iron, then it is meant to rust, and it's nothing to worry about.

The rust gives the bit a sweet taste - have you ever used a spoon with a bit of rust on it? It's quite noticably sweet. It's part of what gives sweet iron it's name. Totally harmless to the horse, but looks a bit messy!

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It is meant to rust. Don't worry about it and just use it. When you take it out of your horses mouth it probably won't have any rust on it.

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Great. Thanks!
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WS and Kevin beat me to it.


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post #8 of 8 Old 06-01-2010, 08:13 AM
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Greg Darnell makes good quality bits so, even though it doesn't say sweet iron, you can bet that it is - not just a cheap chrome mouth piece that rusted.

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