Rusted bit useable?

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  • The shank on my horse bit is rusted and stuck
  • Is a rusty horse bit good

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  • 1 Post By smrobs
  • 2 Post By Phly
  • 3 Post By Charley horse

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    08-01-2013, 10:55 PM
Rusted bit useable?

I have two shank copper roller bits and I was wondering if I should just throw them away or are they useable??
I paid around 80 bucks a piece for them a few years ago and they have been sitting not being used..Currently using a snaffle on a new horse I have now so I don't really need them and was thinking for selling?? I can post pic's if needed just don't have them taken yet and in my computer..
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    08-01-2013, 10:58 PM
I'd likely at least take a wire brush to them to get as much of the rust off as possible.

Are the shanks mobile? Are they rusted stiff? If so, then you might try some CLR or something and see if that helps (soak them, then break the shanks loose, then soak them again and work the shanks around so that the rust breaks down and they work smoothly).
    08-01-2013, 11:17 PM
Hi smrobs no the shanks arent mobile. Here I got some pic's now..
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    08-01-2013, 11:22 PM
Yeah, I'd just take a wire brush to it. That should take care of that rust good enough. Since the mouth appears to be sweet iron, it will always be prone to rust as that's what it's expected to do.
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    08-01-2013, 11:41 PM
Knock of the high spots with a wire brush, then coat in vegetable oil.
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    08-02-2013, 08:56 PM
Thank you for your help! I was going to throw them away.
    08-04-2013, 11:43 PM
Ive sanded them and oiled them back to brand new!

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